A poem by Yehuda Amichai on my favorite city in all the world:
Jerusalem is low, crouching between her mountains,
Not like New York, for example.
Two thousand years ago, she crouched
In a wonderful lunge.
All other cities ran great
Circles in the arena of time, won or lost,
And died. Jerusalem remained in a lunge:
All victories are taut and concealed in her. All defeats.
Her strength grows and her breath is calm
For a race even outside the arena.
Via Jewish Review of Books
Chaos in Arabic, the title of a brilliant television series now playing on Netflix. I just finished the 12th and final episode of the first season of this Israeli production, which the anti-Israel B(oycott)D(ivest)S(anctions) movement has threatened to sue to stop.
No wonder. It’s a revealing look at both sides of “the situation,” which the Israelis call the continuous war between them and the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians. It’s a rounded look that succeeds in making even the terrorists sympathetic. But in doing so it shatters some myths: for one the idea that the Palies live in “camps,” when in fact they live in cities with concrete and glass buildings.
“We gave a face to the other side,” Fauda’s Israeli co-creator and star Lior Raz told The Wrap last year. “We show the complexity of the conflict to the point where the viewer doesn’t know how to feel anymore.”
Not quite, for me, who still favors Israel, but close. I feel more than ever that the Palies are the victims of their own dictatorial government. The second season of Fauda on Netflix starts May 24.
Jerry Rivers, who likes to be known as Geraldo Rivera, tells Fox News that his biggest journalistic regret is not being an active, editorializing supporter of the 2nd Intifada against Israel.
Which “claimed 1,137 Israeli lives – 78 percent of them civilians, according to the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism – between 2000 and 2005, according to United With Israel. “Another 8,341 were wounded. More than half were civilians; the rest, Israeli security forces.”
The Zionist Organization of America wants Rivers, who is a Fox common tater, fired. At the least. How about we sentence him to a year in Gaza? The scumbag can play footsie with Hamas.
Via United With Israel
“A hoard of rare bronze Jewish Revolt coins has been discovered at the recently renewed Ophel excavations. The trove of dozens of bronze coins minted during the last years of the ill-fated four-year rebellion of the Jews against Roman rule was uncovered in a cave just south of the Temple Mount…”
Giving the lie—in case one was needed for anyone but the terminally ignorant—to claims by the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians that Jews have no history in the land.
Via Times of Israel
A bit skinny for my tastes, but Israeli Gal Gadot makes a fine Wonder Woman in the soon-to-be-released sword and machine guns epic.
“Saturday night (June 10 ) there was another meeting. The IDF had attacked from the [southern Golan Heights]. The Syrian army collapsed, said [Gen. Moshe] Dayan, and we had to take advantage of this. [Prime Minister Levi] Eshkol explained, rather lamely, that ‘Dayan told me,’ but he hadn’t stopped the advance because he was in favor of it. During the meeting, word arrived that the two IDF columns had met in the center of the Golan. The ministers stood for a moment of silence in honor of the fallen, then drank ‘l’chaim.’”
Good reading for history buffs, particularly Israeli history, in this first part of the “secret transcripts of the Six Day War” of the government security cabinet. In those days the pols didn’t run military operations.
Via Tablet Magazine
UPDATE: The anniversary won’t be remembered fondly by all, and the achievement could be reversed, if anyone takes the pre-1967 lines as a starting point for peace negotiations seriously. The Israelis won’t.