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      One mother’s journey through the Israeli army with her sons

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      Paula R. Stern is CEO and founder of WritePoint Ltd., a leading technical writing company offering documentation services and training seminars. She made aliyah in 1993 when her oldest son was 6 years old. In March 2007, her son Elie entered the Artillery Division of the Israeli army and Paula began writing about her experiences as A Soldier’s Mother. The blog continues as Elie begins Reserve Duty and her son Shmulik is now a soldier. She recently opened a publishing house, helping other authors fulfill their dream to publish.

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      Tammuz 15, 5772, 7/5/2012

      Turkish Intelligence....Oops


      My older son spent a day in the Reserves. He dropped me off early in the morning so that he could take the car and save hours on a hot bus. Much later, he called to say he was on his way back to get me. When Elie arrived, he told me about the new facilities they had built on the base since the last time he was there - the comfortable chairs, and the air conditioning.


      Most of the presentations involved PowerPoint with a speaker guiding them through the various topics. July in Israel - it's hot but the room was pleasantly air conditioned - if, like Elie, you sat right under the machine. The problem was, the power kept going out and so each time, the PowerPoint presentation was interrupted and they waited several minutes for the power to return. Finally, the last speaker came up and once again, the power went out again, "you're out of luck this time" the presenter told everyone, "my presentation doesn't need PowerPoint."
      And the last thing Elie he told me about his day was, "you're going to like this one." 

      Without names or ranks...one of the officers told Elie that he (the officer) appeared on Turkey's list of Israeli officers recently published. These are names of men that would face prosecution for their actions on the Mavi Marmara flotilla fiasco. In a practical sense, all it really means is Turkey is just adding more reasons why these Israelis (and all Israelis) should not be going to Turkey any time soon (at very least not as tourists - try Greece, Cyrpus, Italy...it could be even Iran would be friendlier!).

      Turkey believes they have a right to arrest and put these Israeli officers on trial. Of course, Turkey is ignoring the fact that their civilians attacked our soldiers but, anyway - there's a bigger problem...at least in this. The officer so named - wasn't on the Mavi Marmara. He's an artillery soldier. He wasn't even there...so much for Turkey's intelligence - military or otherwise.

      One really has to wonder how many of the other names are inaccurate. Turkey's military intelligence - now there's a contradiction in terms.