I've been a way for a while on a family vacation. Being away always gives you a different perspective on the day to day issues. Well after being away for a few weeks and shutting out media outlets of all kinds, I've come to realize that change is very slow in Israel.
If you read the newspaper of last month, most of it will still be relevant today. Sadly this reflects the reality of Israel in which the problems we face are hard to solve and it will take years for the situation to resolve.
But, as an Israeli you cannot ignore the news for too long. Here is a short recap of selected stories I found interesting last week reflecting the current news trends in Israel:
- After lengthy discussion the school summer holidays in Israel were shortened by a few days and 2M kids went back to school on August 27. As typical, the first day of school is meant for catching up with all friends but sadly in Israel it also meant finding the nearest bomb shelter as Palestinian terrorists targeted children with rockets yet again..
- Tzaft is a beautiful and one of a kind city. During the annual Jewish music festival it comes alive with klezmer music, the traditional music of the Eastern European Jewish people. Here is a photo essay from the festival with more beautiful images.
- Egyptian leader Morsi spend a few days in Tehran this week in a first such visit since 1979. Morsi used the stage to blast Assad's butchering of his people in Syria sending a clear message to Iran that backs Assad. At the same time, Egypt refused US' request to stop an Iranian ship carrying weapons to Syria. In this battle for leadership between Egypt and Iran, Israel's situation in the region is more complex.
Israel exist in a complex environment. Yet, with all the threats around us as long as we find time to celebrate with music we shall overcome..
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