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Calm – Sea of Galilee, the Kinneret

Sea of Galilee Calm

James Traceur captured that image while traveling in Israel.

This was an interesting week. Jimmy Carter went to talk to terrorists claiming that you had to include them in any discussion. He didn’t say how he planned to overcome their stated plans to destroy Israel, or to fine tune their opening negotiating conditions which are that only after Israel moves to 1949 lines (so-called pre-’67 lines), will the Palestinians agree to begin negotiations…as to how the Palestinians can move into Israel. No One member of the Israeli cabinet met Carter on his visit and he was also received by Shimon Peres, Israel’s President. This is the American President who brokered peace between Israel and Egypt and the Israelis will not talk to him. They happen to be right, he has so maligned both Israel and American Jews with his recent book and the book’s promotional dog and pony show, that it’s hard to know what there is to discuss with him.


Passover is upon us in yet another year. 2500+ years of celebrating this holiday and elements of the original still remain, as well as newer elements (that is, those that began appearing about the time of the Mishna, so maybe 1800 years ago?). There’s always plenty of food, plenty of family, and the knowledge that we did this last year and will do it again next year. Another thing that’s nice is that every time I’ve seen a seder outside of my own home, they’ve all had unique touches, some going back three, four, five generations. I was once at an Iraqi family’s seder where I thought I had gone back in time 1500 years. I think we got to the food at 1 AM or something crazy like that.

Shabbat shalom!

7 Comments

  1. xisnotx

    4/19/2008 at 4:25 am

    not sure my last post worked — in fact one minister did meet w/Carter, eli Yishai: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/976137.html

  2. Yoni C.

    4/20/2008 at 10:54 pm

    If Jimmy brought Gilad back, it would all be worth it.

    Chag Sameach

    Jon C.

  3. themiddle

    4/20/2008 at 11:14 pm

    Depends on the trade off.

  4. Yoni C.

    4/20/2008 at 11:26 pm

    honestly middle? i mean, shit…. what could be worse than the situation now? and what could be better than freeing an Israeli soldier.

  5. david

    4/21/2008 at 10:18 am

    freeing all 3 Israeli soldiers?? i know that Hizbullah has two and hams has one, but that is better than freeing one soldier. You had to ask.

  6. themiddle

    4/21/2008 at 12:04 pm

    Yes, honestly Yoni. If you release 1000 prisoners or even “just” 350 of whom many are hardened terrorists who will return to those activities, you open the door to much more pain and suffering in Israel for this single trade.

    Other repercussions: the Palestinians are being encouraged to do everything in their power to kidnap more soldiers; the released terrorists and all future terrorists know that if they commit violence they just need to be captured because they’ll be freed in a couple to few years once some other Israeli soldier or civilian is captured by their compatriots.

  7. themiddle

    4/21/2008 at 12:06 pm

    Oh, by the way, we now know Hamas’s answer to Carter. They are happy to accept a Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza up to every last inch of the 1949 armistice lines including a capital in Jerusalem. No discussion of peace or acceptance of Israel. This was their position all along anyway so Carter went there to give them legitimacy and they politely gave him nothing.

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