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Thursday, May 26, 2011
I liked best the following line from Bibi's speech.

"Israel is not what is wrong about the Middle East; Israel is what is right about the Middle East!"

Here it is in context:
We’re proud that over one million Arab citizens of Israel have been enjoying these rights for decades.

Of the 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, only Israel's Arab citizens enjoy real democratic rights. I want you to stop for a second and think about that. Of those 300 million Arabs, less than one half of 1% are truly free, and they're all citizens of Israel!

This startling fact reveals a basic truth: Israel is not what is wrong about the Middle East; Israel is what is right about the Middle East!

Israel fully supports the desire of Arab peoples in our region to live freely. We long for the day when Israel will be one of many real democracies in the Middle East.


But this one is a close second:
"Of those 300 million Arabs, less than one half of 1% are truly free, and they're all citizens of Israel!"
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Driving accidents in Israel are not a joke. Though most people would claim that women drivers are the worst, the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics released a report that would definitely refute that claim (source: JPost).

In the last year, there were 92,000 accidents in Israel. Of those, 73,000 resulted in injury to someone.

74% of the drivers in which injuries were involved were... men.

Arabs (who make up 21% of the population) were involved in 26% of the accidents, and were 35% of those killed in car accidents.

68% of pedestrians killed, were killed crossing at a crosswalk.

Arabs tailgate more than Jews, while Jews are more likely to not give right of way.

Arabs speed more, while Jews tend to run more stop signs.

Overall, not very good statistics, but perhaps it would give those in charge an idea of what they need to work on to make our streets safer.
Monday, May 09, 2011


Over the years, when I've gone, I've gone to the Mount Herzl military cemetery in the afternoon to visit a fallen comrade while avoiding the crowds and traffic.

Today was the first time I went in the morning for the ceremony.

It was overwhelming. There must have been hundreds of thousands of people there. It felt that way.

Yet when the siren rang out there was utter silence. When Hatikva was sung, everyone sung it quietly together. When Kaddish was said, everyone said Amen.

In all my years here, I've never seen anything like it.

I saw old friends who also came to pay their respects. Friends I haven't seen in a long time.

To paraphrase what the Prime Minister said in his speech, those who have fallen live on in our hearts.
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Just watched a video of President Obama at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.



The man should have been a comedian.

No seriously. He should have been a comedian. He's much better at it.

Obama actually is someone who can quit his day job (and should).

(btw: Was Jon Stewart his writer?)
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