Posts Tagged ‘Obama’
Today I’ll begin by mentioning a rather minor subject, which is the European Song Contest, the “Eurovision” which took place this last Saturday in Moscow. Israel has been taking part in this for many years, and we even came out first a couple of times, when Israel was more popular in the world.
This year Israel finished 16th out of 25 competitors in the finals, which didn’t surprise many of us, seeing how Israel is regarded by so many countries these days. Actually the Israeli singers were an example for peaceful relations, they were Achinoam Nini, who is a well known peace activist – and an Israeli Arab woman singer, Mira Awad. They sang a song in Arabic, Hebrew and English. I think the voting was more political than musical, but even so, I hope those two got their message across.
Yesterday our Prime Minister Natanyahu met with the Egyptian President Mubarak at Sharm-a-Sheich and the two discussed the peace process. naturally they did not agree on all subjects. Natanyahu said Israel wanted real peace, but needed confirmation that the Palestinians, who unfortunately are under Hamas rule, did not believe in the destruction of Israel. He also said that economic, educational and other conditions should be fulfulled as a beginning. Evidently in another two eeks or so, discussions on this subject will take place with the Arabs. But before that, Prime Minister Natanyahu will be meeting with President Obama in Washington, and we hope that pressure will not be applied on us to give in to all Arab demands. And another visit, this time to Israel, took place yesterday, when in the morning the Pope arrived here, after spending a day in Jordan and meeting the king there, as well as others.