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When a Friend Comes To Visit

18 Jan

Over the last 6 years I have watched a lot of my friends pack up their lives and move away. This is a constant in my life.  People move across the world and sometimes, they move back. Or somewhere else. It would make sense that if you moved across the globe once, you are capable of doing it again (and again and again). And so it happens.

But then, sometimes they come back for a visit. And it feels like no time has passed at all.

Last night one of my close friends came back to Israel for the first time after deciding to give London another go. It has been six months since she packed up her belonging and moved back to London. Her older sister was my first flatmate in my first flat in Jerusalem. She and I became fast friends at the beginning of our journey here in Israel and our friendship has lasted 6+ years.

I took it quite hard when she told me she wanted to go back to London and try it again. I understood her need but as I looked in the mirror I got scared that one day I would utter the same words – that I wanted to give NY another go and it upset me greatly. You have to understand, I moved here without a second thought. This is my home, this is where I want to be and this is where I want to raise my family.

But when you see your friends itch to leave a country you call home, you start to wonder – what is it they all see  or feel that I don’t and will these feelings creep up on me until I feel suffocated and need to run away?

I am terrified of those feelings.  I do not consider NY home anymore (nor America for that matter).  But I have moved countries and I could do it again if I felt the need to.

Over the past 6 years a lot has changed. I am a lot more .. disappointed with the State of Israel. My heart hurts when I open up the newspapers (well websites really) and I read our current affairs. I am horrified by our politicians and our country’s policies.

And I am scared – that one day my disappointment in the leaders and society here will make me leave the one place in the world I call home.

 

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UPDATE on my History Repeating Itself post..

9 Aug

August 9, 2007

Israel yesterday captured an Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades member while he was engaging in terror-supporting activity but let him go after it was determined he was on a list of wanted gunmen granted amnesty by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, WND has learned.

Part of the amnesty deal required the 178 terrorists – all of whom are members of the Brigades, the declared military wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah’s organization – to sign a document stating they will not engage in terrorist activity and that they would restrict their movements to the city in which they reside for three months.

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August 20, 2007
Today Israel released 256 prisoners…. The majority of the inmates belong to Abbas’ Fatah faction.

From Haaretz “Most of those freed are from Abbas’ Fatah movement. Prominent among the freed prisoners is 61-year-old Abdel Rahim Malouh, second in command in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which assassinated Israeli minister Rehavam Ze’evi in 2001. Malouh at first refused to sign a form saying he would refrain from any terror activity in the future, without which he could not be released, but changed his mind when Abbas intervened personally, a PFLP lawmaker said.”

So your telling me that OUR GOVERNMENT released TERRORIST and just required them to sign a FREAKING PIECE OF PAPER in order for them to be released? And for what? Do we get Shalit back? NO. Do we get peace? NO.

What do we get in return except for the nightmares of these former murders walking around and potentially harming us again? These convicts were SUCCESSFUL in killing Israeli’s and we just decide to “oh yeah, lets release members of Abba’s Fatah group so that THEY can fight against Hamas and re-claim power over the Palestinians”

I cannot believe we are doing this! I cannot believe that the politicians haven’t learned their lesson yet. These people have not be rehabilitated. If anything their desire to destroy Israel is stronger.

sometimes I wonder if all politicians take an hallucinogenic pill that makes them think THEY can achieve what no one else has been able to do thus far. How is it that our government can live in such a stupid fantasy la-la land?

Smack them on the back of the head and say… nu! stop being naive and stupid. get a damn clue.

My heart is broken Again

13 Dec

My heart is broken again.

August 16th, 2005 The Jewish government of Israel evacuated their citizens from their homes and their communities in the hope that this would lead to a better future between the Israelis and Palestinians.

4 months later watching this video still hurts. Hurts to watch homes being destroyed. It hurts to see the raw emotions in the faces of the Israelis evacuating and those being evacuated. It doesn’t just hurt. It is gut wrenching painful to watch.

I have written about this situation already. I was both for and against this decision. Now I am definitely against the way the government handled and is currently handling this entire situation. I will NEVER vote for our current Prime Minister in the upcoming elections. For a man who was once known for his brilliant tactical army maneuvers to now a man who could not finish up this “mission” ….. he is no longer a man i respect and admire. The experience of being uprooted from your home is traumatic enough but then to ignore and not fulfill the promise of helping your fellow citizens integrate back into normal life… well that is just UNACCEPTABLE.

How DARE you do that to people? Yes, we don’t know what G-d is planning. Yes we believe that this is all in His divine plans. But part of our responsibility in life is to do as much for ourselves as possible and when the time arises that G-d needs to help us, he does. But only He knows when He will intervene and not us.

The government promised (with the help of US funding) to re-establish the communities in proper Israel. To pay the farmers, to pay for the houses. There are STILL communities living in high school dorms, in other communities that accepted their now displaced brothers and sisters. Bottom line, money Israel was suppose to get from America is now being used to re-build American towns and communities that were destroyed in the Hurricanes. That’s just the way the cookie crumbled. (or is it a message from G-d……?)

Maybe this will teach the Israeli government to stop depending on America for their needs. Israel needs to be self sufficient. More importantly, Israeli citizens need to remember where peace comes from. It comes from us as Jews, behaving in the way G-d commanded us to behave. Bottom line, if G-d wants us to have peace with our fellow family members…then we will. It is ultimately up to Him to decide the future of our country and it will depend on our behavior.