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Best summary of this week's events in England... "For the second time in a week, England suffer an ignominious exit from Europe." (from The Guardian)

Someone asked me whether there's any chance of change here... I think in the medium-term sanity will re-emerge and that with a change of leadership, Israel will pursue compromise and a political solution.  It's inevitable... since eventually we'll understand the current status quo is unstable and unsustainable.  After all, 20 years ago Israel thought it had achieved something close to that with the Oslo accords. 

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Some thoughts from Israel.  First of all, Einstein's definition of madness seems spot on: "repeating the same thing while expecting different results".  Namely, with no leadership and certainly no vision, I don't expect anything to change... they send rockets over, we respond with F16 bombers, they continue, we invade. Lots of death and destruction. 

Rinse and repeat (every N years).  Hatred and intolerance deepen.

Second observation: Churchill remarked about the Americans but could just as well apply to the Israelis: "They always do the right thing.  After having tried everything else".  Maybe it's time to do the right thing.

Ah... you wonder, whatever may that be? You're so smart... just tell us.

Simply put... cooperate to build an economically strong Palestinian state.  Why not? It's worked in Europe (Germany, France, Yugoslavia, ...).  In Asia (Japan, Vietnam, ...).  What's so special about Israel?

Nothing.  Except... ever since Rabin's assassination the government has manipulated us into believing that we can indeed have our cake and eat it too -- a successful economy and an effective "security barrier" coupled with repression in the West Bank -- the average Tel-Aviv resident hasn't had to face up to the Palestinian reality.  There's nothing worse than beginning to believe your own propaganda.

In fact, in a tragically ironic way the very success of "Iron Dome" (the missile interception system) is going to make a sustainable peace harder to achieve.  I mean after all, things aren't all that bad.  The sirens go off, the missile is intercepted, a boom is heard.  Anxiety levels have gone up.  But back to our daily routines (work, the gym to work off the anxiety, movies, restaurants...).

Meanwhile in downtown Gaza... 

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Some thoughts from Israel.  First of all, Einstein's definition of madness seems spot on: "repeating the same thing while expecting different results".  Namely, with no leadership and certainly no vision, I don't expect anything to change... they send rockets over, we respond with F16 bombers, they continue, we invade. Lots of death and destruction. 

Rinse and repeat (every N years).  Hatred and intolerance deepen.

Second observation: Churchill remarked about the Americans but could just as well apply to the Israelis: "They always do the right thing.  After having tried everything else".  Maybe it's time to do the right thing.

Ah... you wonder, whatever may that be? You're so smart... just tell us.

Simply put... cooperate to build an economically strong Palestinian state.  Why not? It's worked in Europe (Germany, France, Yugoslavia, ...).  In Asia (Japan, Vietnam, ...).  What's so special about Israel?

Nothing.  Except... ever since Rabin's assassination the government has manipulated us into believing that we can indeed have our cake and eat it too -- a successful economy and an effective "security barrier" coupled with repression in the West Bank -- the average Tel-Aviv resident hasn't had to face up to the Palestinian reality.  There's nothing worse than beginning to believe your own propaganda.

In fact, in a tragically ironic way the very success of "Iron Dome" (the missile interception system) is going to make a sustainable peace harder to achieve.  I mean after all, things aren't all that bad.  The sirens go off, the missile is intercepted, a boom is heard.  Anxiety levels have gone up.  But back to our daily routines (work, the gym to work off the anxiety, movies, restaurants...).

Meanwhile in downtown Gaza... 

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At www.lakesidehotel.co.uk on Lake Windermere. Where a UK electrical adapter requires a 50 pound sterling deposit. And the hot and cold water taps are still separate.

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2 Marianne Faithfull tickets available for tonight (Tuesday Oct 18) at 9pm in Binyamina. Only constraint is you need to pick up my CC from my house in Herzliya-Pituach on the way there.


http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4103371,00.html

Call me cynical, but is the attack in the south the death knell of the social justice movement in Israel?

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Daniel sent me this from NYC -- it's the new WTC -- I guess the goal is to get it up in time for the 10th anniversary?
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Interesting comment on Israel radio today from Gideon Levy (Haaretz): basically his thesis is that the current wave of social discontent here is Israel's version of the Arab Spring. I suppose in a sense the small group of tycoons, oligarchs + Netanyahu is a worthy set of opponents to try and topple. What ever happened to Israel the social democracy?
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