There are only a couple of hours left before Shabbat. I do take your comments seriously, and therefore I'm posting two very different posts for your viewing pleasure. Of course, I hope that you like them both, but if you only like one, Dayenu!
The Israeli building code has rules unlike any place else.
In many locations there are requirements to check for ancient artifacts, ruins and buildings before building something new. It sometimes happens that a building permit is cancelled, or plans must be drastically changed, because an ancient Biblical-time ruin is found where the new building was planned.
Traveling up in Northern Israel, Emek Yizrael, the Carmel etc was amazing. On the superficial side, we saw modern agriculture, but the entire location is so rich in Biblical History, that I'd have to study for years to remember all that Shuli Mishkin told us on our Matan tour.
Look at the rainbow and the gorgeous green fields, the hills and list to her:
Yes, I know, it's not the first time, and it won't be the last, at least not until the State of Israel is led by leaders who aren't enslaved by the ghetto mentality. Yes, in the Haggadah which we'll be reading in less than two weeks, it says that we were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt. The New York Times and other foreign busybodies, politicians, philosophers and the media keep preaching to us how we're supposed to "make peace." Honestly, "peace" isn't some simple one-bowl cake. Peace isn't up to Israel either. When have the Arab terrorists even offered us "peace?" If they wanted peace, we'd have peace, because you can't buy peace. It's not a diamond ring. All this "advice" should be ignored. It's like those telling an abused woman that things would improve, her husband would be kinder if only she'd lose weight or have her hair style changed. If that doesn't work, they say she can always initiate kinkier sex.
The worst thing is that Israeli politicians, even those perceived by many as "Right wing" don't have the confidence, the moral and emotional strength to tell the truth. We are not the aggressors. We are the victims. We are an ancient people with a long history and unbroken connection to our Holy Land.
Davka, ironically, one of the very best Jewish History lectures I've ever heard on the subject was by Binyamin Bibi Netanyahu last summer at the International Jewish Bloggers Convention. He has the facts. The question is why does he think that he has to repress it? I don't have the patience to do a psychological profile on him. I did it with Begin and Sharon, who also defied their supporters and went against their own common sense and historical knowledge to try to please the world, rather than do what's truly best for Israel.
How many times will G-d be willing to rescue us from the snares and traps we've gone into for no good reason?
Shabbat Shalom u'Mevorach
May You Have A Peaceful And Blessed Sabbath