December 31, 2009
The Toronto Star recently published a fascinating article on the ‘Israelification’ of airports (via Andrew Sullivan), referring of course to Israel’s infamous airport security methods. The article is defiantly worth reading.
“Do you know why Israelis are so calm? We have brutal terror attacks on our civilians and still, life in Israel is pretty good. The reason is that people trust their defence forces, their police, their response teams and the security agencies. They know they’re doing a good job. You can’t say the same thing about Americans and Canadians. They don’t trust anybody,” Sela said. “But they say, ‘So far, so good’. Then if something happens, all hell breaks loose and you’ve spent eight hours in an airport. Which is ridiculous. Not justifiable.
“But, what can you do? Americans and Canadians are nice people and they will do anything because they were told to do so and because they don’t know any different.”
December 8, 2009
If any of our readers are following Israel’s prisoner swap negations with Hamas, could you please help me understand why Hamas, which politically and ideologically opposes Fatah to a violent extent, is demanding that Israel release Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti as part of the prisoner exchange for the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit?
I would guess they are doing it to appear that they are trying to bridge the rift between themselves and Fatah while knowing that Israel is unlikely to release a man charged with 26 counts of murder. If you ask me its a big PR stunt.
October 31, 2009
Dan Senor (Council on Foreign Relations) and Saul Singer (Jerusalem Post) write:
For all the press coverage of the Middle East, there is one side of Israel that gets scant attention: the country’s economy has the highest concentration of innovation and entrepreneurialism in the world today. For years, multinational technology companies and global investors have been beating a path to Israel. Even in 2008—a year of global economic turmoil—per capita venture investments in Israel were 2.5 times greater than in the United States, more than 30 times greater than in Europe, 80 times greater than in China, and 350 times greater than in India. And Israel still boasts the highest density of start-ups in the world (a total of 3,850 start-ups, one for every 1,844 Israelis). More Israeli companies are on NASDAQ than companies from all of Europe, China, India, Korea, and Japan combined.
…In fact, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 45 percent of Israelis are university-educated, which is among the highest percentages in the world. And according to a recent IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, Israel was ranked second among sixty developed nations on the criterion of whether “university education meets the needs of a competitive economy.”
Click here to read the full article.
October 20, 2009
The BBC writes:
In fact, there are thousands of Muslim Bedouin who serve in the Israeli army, or IDF, and even bear arms against their fellow Muslims in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.
Click here to read the story.