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For the last two days nearly all news programs begin the the plague of locusts which have arrived in millions (yes, millions) in the south of the country – they came originally from Sudan to Egypt and from there many continued here.

We have been spraying the area with chemicals and hopefully our agriculture won’t suffer TOO much.

After over a month of elections, we still have no new government, although at last Natanyahu has begun talking with parties he didn’t want at first.

A few shells fell in the Golan heights area from Syria, they say it was because of the fighting there, by mistake. By mistake? I wonder?

Also a couple of missiles from the Gaza strip – surely not by mistake also.

Six of the wounded Syrians who had been treated in one of our hospitals have been returned to their country. One is still in serious condition and left in hospital.

And some sport news, An Israel participant in windsurfing, Lee Korzits,  at World Championship in Brazil took the world title.

That’s enough for now.

Shalom from Irene

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Maybe there will be peace talks after all.

Israel and the Palestinian authority pledged their commitment for peace after Natanyahu’s envoy, Yitzhak Molcho went to Ramallah on Saturday evening to deliver a letter on his behalf to President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen).

After the meeting  a statement was issued which said,”Israel and the Palestinians are committed to achieving peace and the sides hope that the exchange of letters between President Abbas and Prime Minister Natanyahu will further this goal.”

The letter from Natanyahu was in response to one Abbas had sent a month ago (which making certain conditions).

Now we’ll have to wait and see if there really will be any results though most  of the people I talk to are rather pessimistic.

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Next week Prime Minister Natanyahu will be in Washington D.C. for “peace talks” with Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen) who is the Palestinian President, although he has not been re-elected (there were no more elections and his term was over long ago).

Abbas who belongs to the “Patach” faction is hated by “Hamas” and even fears to enter the Gaza Strip where they rule, which also means he does not represent all the “Palestinians” and is really unable to make serious decisions.

Even so he is making many demands before the talks even begin, and it is doubtful if anything will come of them.

Israel also has some demands, the most important being recognition of Israel as JEWISH State and of course security guarantees and the non-militarization of a Palestinian State.

We’ll have to wait and see what the outcome of the talks will be – one thing is certain, we can’t be pressured into terms which will endanger our safety. Jerusalem is of course another problem.

A bit of history remembered

43 Years ago, I kept a personal diary of the Six-Day-War and want to copy here some lines from the date ; June the 7th , 1967.

“The Old City of Jerusalem is ours! After nearly 2,000 years, Jerusalem has come back to its rightful owner. How can I describe in words my feeling when I heard this?

“My eyes grew moist and I seemed to swallow or choke down my tears. I felt that I had to shout this news out loud – I wanted everyone to share my delight.

“I smiled at my sons (aged 15 and 13 then) – who came home punctually every hour to listen to the news broadcast and we all looked at one another, but the words we said, like “How wonderful” etc. carried no meaning, because we all felt something in our hearts that couldn’t be put into words.

“I am not a religious person and even strongly dislike the behaviour of those ultra-pious who try and force others against their wishes to observe religious laws and even throw stones at those travelling on the Sabbath, but Jerusalem is something special for me.

“Jerusalem is Zion. Jerusalem is Judaism, and as a Jew it is part of me. I can’t explain it.

“When I’ll be able to visit the Old City, I will surely go to the Wailing (Western) Wall, and may even give a prayer of thanks. I’ve been praying inside myself for the last few days, but this will be something different.”

And nothing has changed, I and most of us, still feel the same.

Today’s hardship is from nature

The latest great heat wave in Israel has caused much damage to agriculture.

I saw a program on TV yesterday showing orchards with rotting fruit, saw chickens dead of the heat, we were told of the hens laying less eggs and other agricultural ruins.

The prices of fruit and vegetables have also gone up lately, presumably this is the reason.

Now for something good to end my blog with:

Prof. Elon Lindenstrauss of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem was awarded the 2010 Fields Medal for mathematics – considered the “Nobel Prize” in the field , for outstanding work.

This prestigious prize was awarded in Hyderbad, India, at the opening of the International Congress of Mathemeticians, which is convened by the International Mathematical Union (IMU).

This is the first time an Israeli has received this award, for leading mathematicians aged 40 and below.

And with these words I end today. Shalom from Irene

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It is now the Muslim month of Ramadan, when Islamic believers fast for the whole day, for a whole month, only eat in the evening, and our military forces are taking this into account.

Our Israeli Defence Forces in the West Bank have been asked to refrain from eating, drinking and smoking in public, especially at the security crossings.

The soldiers were asked to show a high level of respect and understanding for this Islamic holy month.

Civil Administration representatives met with Palestinian religious authorities and discussed prayer  times and upcoming religious events. I doubt it would have been so if the peoples’ religions were reversed.

The question of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians has again arisen, our Prime Minister  Natanyahu is for this, especially with American mediation, but as always the Palestinians want certain conditions in advance, conditions we are unable to give.

What the Palestinians are really after is a ‘two-stage solution’ and not a two-state solution.”

First stage is pushing us back to pre-’67 lines, and the second is our destruction.

Article 19 in Chapter One of the Fatah charter states: “Armed struggle is a strategy, not a tactic.  The armed revolution of the Arab Palestinian people is a crucial element in the battle for liberation and for the elimination of the Zionist presence.  This struggle will not stop until the Zionist entity is eliminated and Palestine is liberated.”

So we see that the PLO has refused to give consent to an article in a final agreement that would state “that this agreement puts an end to the conflict and concludes all claims by the parties.”

And thus does the PLO deny the historic connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel.

Since the Turkish flottila to Gaza took place, the relationship between that country and Israel have gone down seriously.

They make so many complaints about us, but few in the world seem to have noticed that Turkey is still fighting with the Kurds in their country and it has been proved that they used chemical weapons against them.

I can only imagine what would have been published if Israel had done this. Turkey, Syria and Iran are now together – best friends as we say. And that can be a danger for the whole world.

Temperatures are still very high these days, about 35-36 Celsius (about 96-degrees) on an average, humidity very high too.

Air conditioners are in constant use,and we are asked not to use too much electricity, in order to prevent an electricity shortage.

I’ll close now.

Shalom from Irene

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