Heading to Israel

About a year and a half ago I booked a trip to Israel for late 2007, only to get sick and have to postpone the trip a year. With my trip rescheduled for the next couple of weeks (I head out tomorrow night and will be in the country for ten days), I had planned on doing some on-the-ground reporting on the upcoming Israeli elections, scheduled for February 10.

Of course situations can quickly shift, especially in the Middle East, especially in Israel. So while I will still be heading out for Israel tomorrow, and while I still will be covering the upcoming election, the situation in Gaza will clearly weigh heavily on my trip, and to the extent I can I will try to find out as much information -- reactions from those in the country, local reporting, etc. -- as I can.

No trip to Israel isn't interesting. But this one should be a particularly interesting trip.

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Take Care...

No time is particularly safe to visit that part of the world, but recent events make it seem even less so.

Funny what fate delivers to people's lives.

I always considered it Hillary's chance for political immortality to lead the dream for universal health care, started so long ago, to fruition.

Now, it seems, she will get her shot (as so many others) at trying to end this generation after generation struggle.

Good luck to her. Even with her prodigious talents and work ethic, she will need it.

by WashStateBlue 2008-12-28 09:43AM | 0 recs
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Stay safe and may G-d be with you on your trip to the Promised Land.

by kydem 2008-12-28 10:17AM | 0 recs
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Will you be living among the Palestinians or the Israelis?

We already get the Israeli perspective in the traditional media.

by Carl Nyberg 2008-12-28 10:51AM | 0 recs
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Define traditional media.  Most of the time it gets biased.  Honest Reporting is a good resource when it comes to debunking what is in the traditional media.

by kydem 2008-12-28 11:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Honest reporting

Any fool could predict Hamas would win, over the corruption, not over the ideology.  Hamas was feeding kids, providing social services, while Arafat's crew was salting cash. Madam Arafat lives high on the hog in Paris on donated money.

But most Palestinians want to live in peace.  They sent a message, not thinking enough would to make it count, that they were sick of corruption.  Now look what's happened.

When you're there JS, ask about the political party system, why there can't be a majority without including fringe groups and giving them veto peace powers?   Israel proves the upside of Democracy and unfortunately the downside.

But people will talk with you, Israelis aren't afraid to criticize their lame leadership.    

by anna shane 2008-12-28 01:52PM | 0 recs
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This is so typical of Zionists.

The term "traditional media" is used on blogs all the time and no one is expected to define it. There may be some gray areas at the edges, but most stuff falls clearly into "traditional media" or not "traditional media".

And besides, what's in and out of the "traditional media" has little bearing on my point. The reporting the reaches Americans on Israel/Palestine is almost entirely generated by journalists (if they've been to the region at all) lived among the Israelis and go to see problems on the Palestinian side while escorted by a public affairs officer from the IDF.

Interviewing a few "liberal" or "progressive" Israelis gives the audience little that's not available somewhere else.

And back to the original point. You posted three sentences. One challenged me to define "traditional media", like it wasn't obvious. And in the third sentence you use the term "traditional media" without defining it.

Again, this is typical of the bad faith discussion of semantics preferred by Zionists when they want to avoid the simple truths that define the lives of Palestinians living under the oppression of the State of Israel.

by Carl Nyberg 2008-12-28 02:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Well

Don't try and confuse the Israel haters with truthful facts and stuff.  It only angers them.

by lockewasright 2008-12-28 03:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Well

The operative word in Nrafter's post is "speculated."

by lojasmo 2008-12-29 01:43AM | 0 recs
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Oh ok, well then people should just go back to the whole "Israel may have been attacked repeatedly, but it was dressed provocatively, was drinking, and had a reputation" theory on the conflict.

by lockewasright 2008-12-29 02:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Well

If you scratch that, and reverse it, you might come close.  Hamas has done NOTHING since the end of the cease-fire.  This bombing was largely unprovoked.

by lojasmo 2008-12-29 07:01AM | 0 recs
Re: Well

wrong.  The cease fire expired because part of the "nothing" you mentioned on behalf of Hamas was to not accept a proposal to extend the cease fire.  Another part of the "nothing" was to not stop the construction of another tunnel like the one Hezbolah used last year to kidnap Israeli soldiers.  So, after he cease fire expired Israel went and closed the tunnel up.  They killed 6 gunmen who were guarding the tunnel in the process.  Next the missiles started falling on the Israeli city of Sderot.  Then came days of warnings from Israel to stop the missiles and only then came the response that you're seeing now.

Find someone who doesn't pay much attention and spread Hamas talking points to them.  I'm not buying.

by lockewasright 2008-12-29 12:08PM | 0 recs
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Well good, because I'm not selling.

Would you care to provide a link to the missiles in sderot?

I'll bet not.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&c lient=safari&rls=en&q=sderot+mis siles+2008%5C&btnG=Search

by lojasmo 2009-01-07 01:25PM | 0 recs
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Should be very interesting.

Looking forward to reading about it.

by Bush Bites 2008-12-28 12:36PM | 0 recs
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Good luck and stay safe.

by canadian 2008-12-28 01:24PM | 0 recs

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