Middle East 4:46 AM 12/9/2013
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The Derech Eretz Show
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and currently, am Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center.
The growing of grapes and the production of wine has been a recent Yesha success story over the past decade.
What we do need is a good advertising campaign.
I caught this:
Fifty Shades of Grey Wine Launched
You've read the book, you're going to watch the movie, now you can drink the wine. E.L. James has launched a range of Fifty Shades of Grey wine...It comes in two flavours: Red Satin and White Silk...her website even lists the appropriate drop to go with various sections of her books (read here *contains spoilers*) - so this development is perhaps not a surprise. So, if you're looking to seduce your very own Christian or Anastasia, make sure to get a bottle of Satin or Silk in, and the Fifty Shades classical album on the stereo and you surely cannot fail.
Okay, we need not all need to know what that is all about, but you get the idea, break out to reach out.
Our Wines, Maybe Not Tuscany But Lots of Torah.
Anyone reading this have ideas?
The harvesting season is upon us and soon, the grapes will be in barrels.
The Oslo Process kicked in 20 years ago.
There are many things one can write about its effects, its influences and its results.
One theme I stress is that for true peace to evolve out of the mess Shimon Peres, Yossi Beilin and Yitzhak Rabin got us into, is that the generation of schoolchildren who grew up during this period, from kindergarten on to university, must be weaned away from the hatred, the inculcation of animosity and the deprecation of the Jews and the anti-Israel incitement that the Palestinian Authority to this day is engaged in and corrupting the minds of their youth.
All this negativity must be unraveled and healed. Peace programming must be in the schools.
If not, no peace.
So, to my not-surprise, one Brad Parker over at the closed-thinking Open Zion site, you can read this in Palestinian Youth and the Failure of Oslo:
Instead of growing up with a law-based, negotiated settlement founded on universal human rights principles, justice and respect for human dignity; Palestinian youth have had their futures stifled and suppressed by systemic discrimination, constant settlement expansion, and prolonged military occupation.
One-sided blindsiding of any outside observer who might not be aware of the foundations of Arab terror based on mobilized youth. All Israel's fault.
Again, relieving the Arabs of any responsibility for their predicament.
According to the official announcement
Secretary Kerry will travel to Jerusalem on Sunday, September 15 to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The purpose of the visit it to have an in-depth discussion with the Prime Minister on the final status negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians, following on the Secretary’s meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in London last Monday. They will also focus on developments in Syria.
"Kerry" doesn't rhyme with "worry". But "bury" comes closer.
And there is a connection.
The behavior of Kerry and his President is simply not encouraging for Israel as we look past Syria to Iran.
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks at the conclusion of his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry today (Sunday, 15 September 2013):
"We have been closely following – and support – your ongoing efforts to rid Syria of its chemical weapons. The Syrian regime must be stripped of all its chemical weapons, and that would make our entire region a lot safer.
The world needs to ensure that radical regimes don't have weapons of mass destruction because as we've learned once again in Syria, if rogue regimes have weapons of mass destruction, they will use them. The determination the international community shows regarding Syria will have a direct impact on the Syrian regime's patron, Iran. Iran must understand the consequences of its continual defiance of the international community, by its pursuit towards nuclear weapons.
What the past few days have shown is something that I have been saying for quite some time, that if diplomacy has any chance to work, it must be coupled with a credible military threat. What is true of Syria is true of Iran, and, by the way, vice versa.
John, I appreciate the opportunity we've had to discuss at some length our quest for peace with the Palestinians and the ongoing talks. We both know that this road is not an easy one, but we have embarked on this effort with you in order to succeed, to bring about a historic reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians that ends the conflict once and for all."
The Jerusalem Post is reporting that Gilad Sher, former chief of staff (1999-2001) to Prime Minister Ehud Barak when he was totally unsuccessful in reaching an agreement with the Palestinian Authority, said,
“Any outline of two states for two people will involve the evacuation of settlements,”
And that he estimated that 100,000 people would be required to leave their homes.
He further stated that
“We have to prepare ourselves in an organized way, on a national level for the time when the settlers will come back home to the borders of Israel,”
And that a time period of three or four years is needed to draw up such a plan.
Dov Weisglass, who was chief of staff to former prime minister Ariel Sharon, also believed that some 100,000 settlers would have to be evacuated to pave the way for a two-state solution however Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu lacks the necessary political support to come to such an agreement with that evacuation element included. He said,
“Netanyahu has crossed the Rubicon, but he is alone on the other side,”
I really don't know what Rubicon he is referring to, that a two-state solution is the only option or that there are too many revenant residents in Judea and Samaria.
But for sure we are not alone. We're together with Mr. Netanyahu and most of Israel.