Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Love of the Land Links

Michael L.

A conflict that keeps being continually punctuated by Arab fiction on Arab fiction 

The Shameless Promotion of Colonialism of the Anti-Israel Left 

The "international community" chimera - A fantasy and fiction of the mind 

Were 3 more rockets fired at Israel today, fell short, and went unreported? 

Pollard and the American 'treason' libel 

Still no solution? Then keep the status quo

I am not particularly religious, but I have enormous respect for Jewish people, such as Yosef and Melody, who choose to live in places like Hebron.

Hebron is, of course, the city of Abraham and the location of the Cave of the Patriarchs.  It is the very heart of Jewish tradition and there is absolutely no reason why Jewish people should not be allowed to live there if they so choose.


  1. Got us blushing, but we're hanging in there. Thank you for promoting Love of the Land, which we hope will be both helpful and informative to its readers, and as always an invitation to one and all to come out our way and we'll show you the town.

    1. Hi Yosef,

      my intention is to put out one of these "Love of the Land Links" maybe once a week.

      If I was more disciplined I might say every Wednesday, but discipline has never been a very strong suit for me.

      These are just little flares in the night sky upon dark waters.

      Your brothers and sisters are with you.

    2. Oh, and by the way,

      when I next get to Israel I will happily take you up on your offer.

      It may be a few years, but nothing would please me more than to sit across the table with you over a few glasses in Hevron.

    3. Same here, eventually, too. Our (my daughter and I) trip might be pushed back a year or two from 2015, now, but I'll just have to take youze up on the offer, too...

    4. Jay,

      I am sorry to hear that you guys are postponing your trip.

      Jewish people need to get to Israel at least once in their lives, not for any spiritual reason or religious reason, necessarily, but simply because it's the place that we come from and, more importantly, Israel is just a very cool place.

      {He says, falling into American slang.}

      The only part of Israel that I enjoyed more than the Old City was Haifa.

      Haifa is a very, very interesting town. It's almost entirely built on a mountainside next to the Mediterranean. It's an ancient city, of course, and Marco Polo is said to have dropped by. The Arab section is very... I am not exactly sure how to put this... from an older world than we are used to in the United States.

      Besides, they have terrific falafel, so there you go.

  2. "But my Oxfam Moment came one summer’s evening when a senior Oxfam executive invited me to dinner at his sumptuous home in the rolling Oxfordshire countryside. He was cultured, brilliant and cool. Every inch the top Foreign Office diplomat, which had indeed been his previous calling. Before dinner, he suggested we take drinks on the lawn. As an afterthought, he asked the butler to bring out his portable radio so that we could listen to the news. It was, after all, the first day of the Six Day War.
    The BBC faithfully reported claims by the Israelis that they had destroyed the air forces of Egypt and Syria on the ground. Then, the newsreader intoned the Arab claims that they had inflicted extensive damage on the Israeli army; that Egyptian tanks were advancing; that they were now 25 kilometres from Tel Aviv.
    My urbane host lost his cultivated cool. His elderly body shot into the air, fists pumping at the skies: ‘Now the Jews are going to get it... Now they’re going to get it.’ Remember, Israel occupied no territories, nor had it constructed a single settlement. There could be only one explanation for his jubilation: the prospect of Israel’s imminent destruction. When he recovered his composure, he raised his glass and beamed at me: ‘Wonderful news. Simply wonderful.’ I stared back, shocked, not knowing how to respond. To my shame, I said nothing."

    This makes me sick.