Yes, Jerusalem is Israel’s capital

What would Americans do if other countries and the United Nations told us our actual capital was Los Angeles? We can say it's Washington DC all we want, but shouldn't we just accept it if the international community decides they want Los Angeles to be the capital? Of course not. This idea seems to be … Continue reading Yes, Jerusalem is Israel’s capital

Next Year in Jerusalem, for real this time

A few weeks ago the Daily Mail ran an incorrect story concerning Mike Huckabee as the new ambassador to Israel and concluded that like the annual four year cycle of presidential candidates promising to move the US embassy to Jerusalem then backing out is about to end permanently: Huckabee, an ordained Baptist preacher and electric … Continue reading Next Year in Jerusalem, for real this time

Modern Times

baldilocks I’m “reading” Simon Sebag Montefiore’s Jerusalem—actually listening to the audiobook version from the Los Angeles Public Library. It’s a lot easier to get other things done this way, though it is sometimes necessary to scroll back when my attention wavers. With these big, sprawling histories, it’s easy to lose track of who the author … Continue reading Modern Times

A light dawns on a former Israeli Dove

at Israelly cool there is a seven minute video (that I can't get the embed code for) where Einat Wilf a former Israeli moderate explains what changed her position. Two key quotes I remember going back from those meeting deeply troubled thinking: These are the moderates, so if these are the moderates than the conflict … Continue reading A light dawns on a former Israeli Dove

Wild speculation Egypt & Libya the fruits of the Fixed DNC vote?

Something occurred to me on Sunday that I have not seen mentioned. It is axiomatic that a video so poorly viewed is not the cause of the events of the Middle East since 9/11 the question becomes. If that is the case, then there has to be another reason. It is true of course that … Continue reading Wild speculation Egypt & Libya the fruits of the Fixed DNC vote?

An incident in Issawiya

There was a rather nasty incident that got no attention in the west press this week: A 28-year-old worker in a moving company trying to reach Ma'aleh Adumim narrowly escaped a lynch attempt in the village of Issawiya in northeast Jerusalem on Sunday after his GPS device mistakenly directed him there. Yes you read that … Continue reading An incident in Issawiya

Ho Hum another day in Israel, another bomb

Here is a story that isn't likely to break too far beyond Libya and Liz Taylor: An bomb exploded Wednesday at a crowded bus stop outside the International Convention Center in Jerusalem, just opposite the central bus station. At least 25 people were wounded in the incident, four of them seriously. Just a reminder that … Continue reading Ho Hum another day in Israel, another bomb

Mayor of Jerusalem on Morning Joe

Interesting they have the mayor of Jerusalem on Morning Joe right now but they have also brought Fred Kempe to apparently "counterbalance" him. Anyone who is talking about 1967 borders is not someone to be taken seriously. Kempe and Pat are doubling teaming him, this guy doesn't shake. The Arab rights stuff is very funny … Continue reading Mayor of Jerusalem on Morning Joe