So the weather forecast for this week in Jerusalem is (drumroll please) snow! Perhaps the forecasters are as wishful as the ones in Washington and there actually won’t be any snow here. The people are probably as indept with dealing with an inch of snow than the people in Washington, I wouldn’t be surprised if schools closed because of a few flakes. I have to admit, it would be nice to see what this place looks like in white, although I dread the onslaught of Tel-Aviv Israelis driving up to Jerusalem just to see a few flakes.
In other news it seems like I came across an especially high number of news stories that touched a nerve. Apparently the army’s being on high alert in the south is bogus, according to YNET News. There actually did not seem to be a higher level of security along the Egyptian border. All the army’s announcement seemed to do was drive tourism away. Nor did it seem like the IDF took the time to meet with members of the communities and explain the situation. Meanwhile, according to Haaretz, Egypt arrested armed militants in Sinai. Oh joy.
In the days leading up to the release of the Winograd report, Foreign Minister Livni met with anti-Olmert protesters demanding PM Olmert’s resignation. Yeah I wish he would resign too. His government is incapable and unaccountable, and I think Olmert is an arrogant leader. But the problem is that there aren’t many alternatives out there. Bibi? Woo-hoo. My left-wing stomach cringes. We don’t have a Barak Obama here. And maybe we can’t afford one.
Wait, wait, this next story tops it off. The Chief Rabbi of Israel (yes he actually said this) said that a Palestinian state should be created for Gazans in the Sinai peninsula. Here’s what else he said, as quoted in Haaretz:
“In an interview in English with the British weekly The Jewish News, the chief rabbi also said that while peaceable Muslims should be allowed to pray in Jerusalem mosques, they should recognize that Jerusalem belongs to the Jews. Muslims have Mecca and Medina, he was quoted as saying, adding that ‘you don’t need a third place.'”
“According to Metzger, the plan would be to ‘take all the poor people from Gaza to move them to a wonderful new modern country with trains buses cars, like in Arizona – we are now in a generation where you can take a desert and build a city. This will be a solution for the poor people – they will have a nice county, and we shall have our country and we shall live in peace.'”
Is he on drugs? Has he ever even been to Arizona?
And read this:
“He prefaced his comments by pointing out that he could not advise on political matters as he is a religious leader in Israel, noting that according to the law he ‘cannot be involved in political situations.'”
Duh! But in Israel mixing politics with religion seems to be acceptable, even though a religious figure can spew absolute nonsense.
You can watch the video of the interview by clicking here
So many other interesting stories to note, but I think I’ve had my fill for now.