Today's Golden Oldie is from March 1999.Back then, ten years ago this month, we were all wishing each other a "Happy Holiday!" ...because it was Passover.
Monday through Friday
"Israel’s War History is the most up-to-date comprehensive account of the battles that have shaped Israeli history and society. Tracing the Arab-Israeli conflict to British occupation of Palestine in 1917, Israel’s War History portrays the entire history of the State of Israel including the recent war in Lebanon in the summer of 2006, and its aftermath.
Along with the in-depth accounts of the wars, this feature-length documentary also reviews the attempts at peace and the major milestones in Israeli history. With captivating narration, the story is told using rare and fascinating archive footage and interviews with most of Israel’s former prime ministers, including Menachem Begin, Yitzchak Shamir, Yitzhak Rabin, Ariel Sharon, Shimon Peres and Edud Barak,.
Hear Menachem Begin discuss Israel’s struggles, from when he was a wanted terrorist after the bombing of the King David Hotel in 1946, until he became the architect of peace with Israel’s strongest enemy, during the Israel – Egypt Peace Treaty of 1979. Listen to Yitzchak Rabin describe his life, from when he was a young soldier fighting in WWII for the British forces, to acting as Chief of Staff during the Six Day War, to his historic handshake on the Whitehouse lawn with Israel’s most hated enemy, Yasser Arafat. Former Prime Minister Peres adds a philosophical dimension to the film with his views on peace and war and the Jewish nation." -more
Every Friday, before the Sabbath, Cohen would drop twenty Shekels into the tin cup of Yossel the beggar. One week, to Yossel's surprise, Cohen put only five shekels into his cup. Cohen sighed and explained that his company had gone bankrupt, and that he himself had fallen upon hard times. To which Yossel replied "Your business goes bad and I should suffer?!"
"A special ministerial committee appointed a team to examine whether it would be possible, in accordance with international law, to limit the amount of money transferred to prisoners for their personal use, their ability to watch television and listen to the radio, acquire an education and isolate them so they cannot enjoy physical contact with prisoners.The committee is expected to complete its study within two weeks, Israeli media reports said Thursday." -more
"On March 11, 1976, the Israeli government published a plan to expropriate approximately 21,000 dunams (5,250 acres) of land in the Galilee. Only 31 percent of the land in question, or less than one-third, was Arab-owned, some of which was to be used to expand the Arab village of Majar near Acre and to build public buildings in Arab towns. This action by Israel was no different than the eminent domain process that is regularly used in the United States or other countries to acquire land for public projects. Nevertheless, the most prominent political party in the Arab sector at the time, Rakah (The New Communist List), cynically decided to seize upon the decision and called a general strike for March 30. Riots broke out the night before - in which soldiers and police were attacked with stones and firebombs - and continued the following day, resulting in the deaths of six Israeli Arabs. Though the media portrays Land Day as a day when Israeli Arabs peacefully vented their frustrations, Land Day was in fact born in violence, the product of the machinations of a political party that proudly waved the dubious banner of Marxism-Leninism." -more
The U.N.'s Year Of Libya "It's hard to think how anyone could be a worse choice than this year's president, the anti-American, radical leftist retread Sandinista, Nicaragua's Miguel d'Escoto Brockman, who opened last year's General Assembly by denouncing the U.S.But the U.N. has found a way. The expectation is that this fall, when the U.N. clogs New York traffic for the opening of its 64th annual General Assembly, the new president of that 192 member-state body, sometimes styled as the Parliament of Man, will be the candidate of--and no, I'm not kidding--the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. Or, in short, Libya.More specifically, the new chairman of the U.N. General Assembly will be longtime Libyan diplomat Ali Triki. (His name is also transliterated as Ali Traiki.) While there has been little coverage to date of this impending exaltation of Libya's man to chair the main membership body of the world's leading multilateral institution, the AFP last week did run a story reporting that Ali Triki "is set to be the next president of the U.N. General Assembly." AFP quoted a Libyan diplomat who expected Triki "will be elected" sometime around mid-June." -more* * * Your thoughts?
Obama: US should reach out to Taliban moderates
"A few kibbutzim are very profitable, and about half of them end the year in the black. But the successful kibbutzim are helping to shoulder the staggering debts of the failures. So, together, the kibbutzim have a debt that totals more than $4 billion that few people believe they will ever be able to repay - contributing significantly to Israel's current financial difficulties.Last week, the Finance Ministry, headed by the Labor Party Leader Shimon Peres, came up with a recovery plan. At the Government's insistence, the commercial banks will write off about $560 million of the debt over the next several years. Another $1.7 billion will be rescheduled at a low interest rate."- the Full Story
Over $4.4b. raised at Sharm for Gaza"Palestinian officials from rival factions welcomed pledges of more than $4.4 billion to rebuild the war-torn Gaza Strip that were made at the donors conference held in Sharm e-Sheikh on Monday. "We appreciate this very much, and we hope it can be transferred into reality in an expeditious fashion so we can see the reconstruction of Gaza begin immediately," chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told The Jerusalem Post.Earlier on Monday, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum told reporters in Gaza that the group welcomed "any Arab and international effort to rebuild what the occupation destroyed," calling the reconstruction process "a humane and moral" one. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who arrived in Jerusalem on Monday to consult with Israeli government officials and with Palestinian officials in the West Bank, said the United States was pledging $900 million to the international aid effort for the Gaza Strip." -more
Donors gather in Sharm el-Sheikh, pledge $4.4 billion for Gaza Strip reconstruction "Rockets fired at Israel from the Gaza Strip continued to fall yesterday as more than 80 states and organizations met in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh yesterday to raise reconstruction aid for the territory battered during Operation Cast Lead.At least $4.4 billion in aid was pledged yesterday by donors for both the Palestinian economy at large, and the Gaza Strip in particular. The plan is to make the money available to the Palestinian Authority over the next two years.Originally, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had asked for a donors conference hoping that about $2.5 billion would be raised. However the figures have exceeded expectations and Egyptian foreign minister, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said that in addition to pledges made before yesterday's gathering, the total figure comes to $5.2 billion." -more
"in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying."