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Due to the sensitive nature of the topic I am covering, I would like to make clear that first and foremost I am opening the blog to ALL comments, be they pro-Israel, pro-Arab, or just people looking to get more information. The only comments I will moderate, other than spam, will be those with hateful content. I welcome anti-anything comments, but I will not tolerate and will not post comments wishing for people to be hurt in any way, nor will I post comments with any cursing.

Please keep the blog clean. I will – so you might as well have your opinion heard. All clarification questions are welcome as well. If you have any other topics you would like me to cover, or would like further information on anything I report, please feel free to let me know and email me at realisrael AT gmail DOT com..

Also, any post with I think more than one link automatically goes to the spam folder, and since there are dozens of messages there, I delete them. If you comment with links, drop me a line at realisrael AT gmail DOT com so I can make sure to approve it. Thanks!

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11 comments

  1. At totachit!!!!!!!!!!!

    Great blog.i think that u should send it over to prof. Gilboa.

    He is very it to these issues (!)

    During the last war we ( him & i ) were intensively sanding materials to fight back the negative propaganda against Israel.

    Good luck baby


  2. I read your comment on The Journey of Conscience blog as well as many of your own posts.

    I can’t help but sense an overriding, lack of sensitivity to those in Palestine. I also know I cannot fully understand what it is like to live in Israel in your shoes. However, I do know that this issue is not helped by losing empathy for all of the victims of this war be they Israeli or Palestinian.

    You have lost family and friends and many others = to this pointless and blameless war and I can fully understand while not experience, your anger, frustration and tremendous sadness. My hope is that in some way you can still empathize with those in Palestine or other Muslim areas of the world where people are losing their family members too.

    I feel the real enemies are those, mostly men, who allow it to continue in the same way it has for hundreds of years, whether Muslim, Jew, Christian, what have you.

    Your experiences are tragic and I can tell you are a GOOD person from your blog entries. I hope that you realize that when someone becomes empathic and even impassioned about the deaths of those on either side of the dividing lines of this war, that is a good and needed thing. Most of the worlds most powerful sympathy goes to the Israelis in this fight.

    Unfortunately, empathy is nearly non-existent for the Muslims of this war and others around the world. You cannot deny that oppressive systems have contributed to the plight of Palestinians whether supported by, their own government, the Israeli government or the US government.

    We need to find a way to build empathy for those suffering on the side of the Palestinian’s or the hatred they have for those who oppress will only continue to build and the barbaric acts they support or do nothing to stop will continue out of their own feelings of alienation. I personally feel we must care as much for the dead and dying in Palestine as we do for those in Israel if we even want to begin to find a solution to the problems at hand.

    I feel that you probably agree, knowing full well this an idealistical view point. But, the man you confronted in The Journey of Conscience blog seems to have the same goal as you do. A peaceful society with no needless violence. He happens to be helping those who are suffering on the other side and therefore is speaking from his experience as to the atrocities being afflicted by Israeli’s. This cannot be denied although one could make the argument that the Palestinian government is to blame. I guess I simply wish that your approach would be to recognize his pain as well as those he is identifying with. By throwing blame the other way instead of simply sharing your experience. The problems which fuel this polarizing argument are only perpetually manifested.


  3. I would like to first say I am sensitive to what’s going on with the Palestinians and do not agree with much of what is going on.

    Having said that, I strongly belive, as you may have seen in my previous posts, that the strongest ailment in Palestine (if we can call it that, but you understand me) is the leadership inasmuch as if your leaders preach hatred then all you will have is hatred. Their children are trained to hate Israelis as a PEOPLE, not as OPPRESSORS.

    I feel sorry for almost all the Palestinians becuase they are not being taken of by their own government. How you can elect a terrorist organization to head your country is beyond my comprehension, though I understand their frustration – in our last elections the senior citizens party got a huge amount of votes solely because people didn’t know who to vote for.

    I am sitting on the Israeli side of this conflict, not understanding how we are supposed to make peace with a people who are at war with each other. Even their own government is claiming that they are preaching hatred towards each other – how can we expect them not to preach hatred towards each other?

    My head is split on these issues. On the one hand, I can see the terrible injustices done to Muslims around the world. I think for the most part they are not hateful people – I had several Muslim friends while living in Houston (and a couple here in Israel, actually), and as with every group, the fundamentalists are those who cause most of the hatred.

    On the other hand, Americans began treated Muslims differently after 9/11. Curiously enough, until their (our) people were mass-murdered in these terror attacks, none of this hatred and racial profiling existed (for the most part) as pertaining to Muslims, at least. I’m not saying that they brought this hatred upon themselves: it is clear to me that it is a handful of fundamentalists who have created this clash of civilizations we are living in.

    However, I think that the Palestinians were given an incredible opportunity last winter to elect a government who would help them get out of their poverty, build infrastructure, and most importantly, help create a peace in teh region that would benefit both sides.

    Fact is, Palestinians for the most part need to come into Israel to work becuase they’re country is too poor to provide enough jobs. The catch 22 here is why should we give them jobs that our people desperately need? In order to do this, we place roadblocks in strategic places to ensure that no one is going into Israel with bombs strapped on.

    It’s an unfortunate cycle we live with, that will be solved only when a government is elected that will help their people.

    Peace talks with Israel are inevitable. We aren’t going anywhere, and no one can nuke us since that would mean that the Palestinians would also be nuked (not to mention Jordanians and Egyptians who we are basically at peace with and even Lebanon and Syria who are right there as well).

    The only question is, how long will it take until we will be able to have them.


  4. What about the possibility of pulling out of Iraq, letting Iran invade and lose resources fighting their own kind,
    and then come in and mop up the dregs?


  5. I love your blog. Although, it is difficult for me to understand “hate.” I am however, familiar with war and suffering. I lost three brothers in the civil war in Nicaragua. Pain is a word I know really well and I can only feel compassion for what is going on with Israel/Palestine. I pray for peace everyday and now, I specially pray for forgiveness among all of you.


  6. WOW, Rosita, I had no idea! And thanks…


  7. Your office will look warm and cozi if you place photos of family and friends, you also need some paintings and a wall for all your cards: thank you cards, birthday cards,etc. To add a little something about “YOU” this is how I described you to my friends and families when I talked about the fact that I met a beautiful girl from Israel: I met this fiendly girl in CA in 2006. She has the most beautiful smile I have ever seen and made me feel like I have known her my whole life. We talk about many things but I never felt that I was different, I mean I am constantly aware that “I am a Latino woman” and in the US there are lots of misconceptions about Latinos, never mind talking about Latino women. But with this girl, how I look did not matter, how I speak with my high pitch accent, did not matter, what matter was the fact that we were talking, laughing, sharing and caring for one another, is it how is life supposed to be??? love one another. I live with the belief that it is because “God made us so different from each other that we have so much to learn and share with each other.” I count you as one of the many blessing God has given me.


  8. I love this blog and i do appreciate that the blog doesn’t have any place for the word HATE…. I do understand wats goin on in Isreal & i I feel sorry for almost all the Palestinians because they are not being taken of by their own government………

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  9. You have created a great blog.


  10. I’ve just joined this site and it looks great.


  11. Nothing seems to be easier than seeing someone whom you can help but not helping.
    I suggest we start giving it a try. Give love to the ones that need it.
    God will appreciate it.



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