The view from my veranda

Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem – Egypt, July 4th, Yvel, Saul Same


5th July 2013

Dear lovely friends, I hope that those among you that hail from the United States had a wonderful July 4th . Happy birthday Uncle Sam! I have often wondered how many people understand that relevance of that holiday to today and todays problems. People who fled religious persecution and found a home in a far distant land after a dangerous journey settled and created a land of bounty from nothing, split into two by economics and culture, a leader encouraged by William Wilberforce to embrace the ideals of freedom and liberty to all citizens which brought the country to a bloody civil war ending in the creation of one people under G-d. If it were not true one could even imagine it to be a fairy story. Birth of a nation which was to be an example to the world in its defence of freedom in all forms wherever her strength and leadership was needed. Americas leadership learned the hard way that becoming insular and dealing only with her own problems almost led to the destruction of Europe and incurred a horrific attack on the US Fleet – please G-d those same warnings will be met head on this time. A nations economy is not the only item on the agenda -if you take on the job of the worlds policeman one must address every crime………… PC or not.

Egypt is less of a conundrum than most- or is it?. Logically and emotionally we are taught that a military coup cannot be a good move towards democracy yet here it is a real democracy whereby they have publicly stated that this is temporary and they intend re-establishing full democracy. They have not not disallowed the Mosbros as a part of any future government but in this case the Egyptian army is the most democratic way forward – incredible as it may seem to western mentality. For me the most worrying aspect is the unpredictable Mohammed El Baradei who fooled the world while we trusted him to oversee the Iranian nuclear programme (that worked didn’t it?) now claims to be against the Moslem Brotherhood government of Morsi yet was exposed as being Moslem Brotherhood himself!!!!

David Horovitz give us 6 reasons for the downfall of Morsi. “After Morsi: 6 thoughts on the ouster of an undemocratic, elected president” Quoting American hesitancy, the Brotherhood’s extreme anti-Semitism, and how the short lived leader was the architect of his own downfall

Daniel Pipes explains why he is both delighted and concerned by the events in Egypt

While most Islamic countries are killing and oppressing Christians in Israel Arab Members of Knesset demand that the Greek Orthodox Patriarch fire one of his priests for encouraging his parishioners to go into the IDF thus to be eligible for better jobs and become an essential part of Israeli society.

Last week, Balad MK’s Basel Ghattas and Haneen Zoabi wrote to Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem Theophilus III, demanding that Father Gabriel Nadaf either halt his activities supporting Christian Arab enlistment or be fired by the patriarch from his position as a serving priest in his congregation in Yafia, near Nazareth.

The wet blankets abounded. They complained about the cost, existence, everything about the wonderful 5th Presidential Conference on Tomorrow, if not for the Conference’ invitationErtharin Cousin, The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, would not have been here to learn of how Israel can feed the world.

Phillip Pasmanick is one of Israels finest proponents. If you haven’t joined his wonderful Facebook Page “Israel and Stuff” then you should! Phillip wrote this
Some people say that Arabs are “native Palestinians”, while Jews are “invaders” and “settlers”.
I read the biographies of Israeli and Palestinian Arabs political leaders, and was confused.
Who of Israeli and Palestinian Arabs´leaders was born in Palestine?
Igal Allon. Interim Prime Minister of Israel in 1969 born 10 October 1918 in Kfar Tavor, Ottoman Empire, Palestine
Yitzchak Rabin. Prime Minister. Born 1 March 1922, Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine.
Benjamín Netanyahu, Born 21 October 1949 in Tel Aviv.
Ehud Barak. Born 12 February 1942 in Mishmar HaSharon, British Mandate of Palestine
Ariel Sharon. Born 26 February 1928 in, Kfar Malal, British Mandate of Palestine
Ehud Olmert. Born 30 September 1945 in Binyamina-Giv’at Ada, British Mandate of Palestine.
Izhak Navon, Israeli President in 1977-1982. Born 9 April 1921 in Jerusalem, British Mandate of Palestine.
Ezer Weizman. Israeli President in 1993-2000. Born on 15 June 1924 in Tel Aviv, British Mandate of Palestine.
Palestinian leaders.
Yasser Arafat. Born 24 August 1929 in Cairo, Egypt( Cairo, in case someone does not know this, is the capital of Egypt and Egypt is not in Palestine. It´s not even in the Middle East; Egypt is situated in Africa.)
Mahmud az-Zahar. Born in 1945, in Cairo, Egypt.
Saeb Erekat . Born April 28, 1955, in Jordan. He has the Jordanian citizenship.
Faisal Abdel Qader Al-Husseini . Born 1948 in Baghdad, Iraq.
Sari Nusseibeh. Born in 1949 in Damascus, Syria
So, Israeli leaders born in Palestine are “invaders” and “settlers”- while Palestinian Arab leaders born in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Tunisia are “native Palestinians” ?
Perhaps the information above is irrelevant to todays negotiations and situation but this is not. An excellent article by Michael Ordman about the medias “Cloak of Invisibility” when it come to Israeli Tikkun Olam – making this world a better place

I think I told you that a slew of wonderful visitors have arrived! Since writing to you last week we have been having a ball with the amazing people who come ot see us and give us love -us and Israel.

Friday lunch – Our friend Danby did an amazing job of entertaining all the participants of her and Zvi’s Italy trip with his tourism course. We sat happily on their veranda, overlooking the Judean Hills. Jews, Christians and Moslems from all over Israel, eating, talking, laughing and even singing together, each enjoying the company of others. About half way through Professor Gabby Barkay arrived so we invited him to the next step of our week – Shabbat Dinner!
In between the two events I managed ot squeeze in collecting the children from their schools. I was not going to miss an opportunity for my pre-Shabbat kisses or the breathtaking view of Jerusalem on my way home!
Friday night – Joyce and Fred Claar here on course at the Hartman Institute, Mickey and Shlomit Keren, Prof Gabby Barkai and Danby and Marvin Meital came for supper. Fascinating conversation. The weather was perfect, the stars came out to order and I wanted to show them the incredible moon-rise on the horizon of Jerusalem but as they say about the best laid plans………….. it rose about four minutes after they left!!!
We managed to see everyone……. The Liwerants, Danny and Judith, for lunch at Mishkenot Sha’ananim; Then we got to spend lots of precious time with the Lindenfelds which was beautiful, some of it just driving around Jerusalem showing them the places a guide would never take you and a meal at “haTahana” in the old Ottoman period railway station. Made into a boardwalk of restaurants and craft stands and all sorts of cute things. After our sad goodbyes to the Lindenfelds Arlene Wittels and her daughter Rona arrived which lifted my mood again. Arlene cannot live without her visits to Jerusalem, Israel and me!!!! Rona chose her 50thbirthday gift as a visit to Israel – yeah Rona! Yesterday we went to Yvel, the prize winning jewellery factory and shop of Isaac and Rona Levy. What an amazing achievement and I don’t just mean their exquisite pearls and jewels I refer to their programme to teach Ethiopians to become goldsmiths – fine jewellers – with their own collection.

Incidentally I thought you should know that our Mirpesset now has not just oranges, pomegranates and herbs but also green bell peppers, tomatoes and the kumquat and lemon trees are in blossom!!!

Tonight we have a very special guest. Tonight Saul Same, who comes all the way from Melbourne Australia each and every year, will celebrate his 96th birthday on our veranda, our mirpesset. Saul was born 96 years ago in Be’er Tuvia, right here in Israel and although his parents took him to Australia as a child his heart is, was and always will be in Israel. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAUL

Strangely enough, another man that I love dearly has his birthday on Sunday, my adored son Gideon Saul – incredible father, wonderful husband and great friend – and by the way an a pretty darned amazing son too!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY GIDEON SAUL!!!!

So that’s this week and next week holds even more fun!!!!
Shabbat Shalom to you all. I wish you love, laughter and a Shabbat filled with family, contemplation and tradition. Having said that here’s a non-traditional thought for Shabbat 1
With love from Jerusalem