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  • Why I'm not on my way to Gaza (the IDF had nothing to do with it)

    Technical problems kept myself and almost 20 other women off the latest Gaza flotilla. Despite my disappointment, I wish these inspirational women nothing but a safe journey. "If everything goes according to plan, on Monday, September 26 an all-woman flotilla will set sail for Gaza. If everything goes according to plan, I will be on that flotilla." That is what I wrote before leaving for Messina, Sicily to join the eighth Gaza flotilla last week. My doubts were apparently well founded, since everything did not go according to plan. In fact my doubts began even before leaving Israel. At that point we had already learned that one…

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  • Between the Lines (5 Oct): Yom Kippur war protocol revealed

    Headlines: It’s déjà-vu all over again >Top of the news: Israel under attack! All-out war! Egyptians cross the channel! No, wait a second… what? That was the 1973 Yom Kippur war, which is now back in the headlines. A declassified protocol reveals that the Israeli leadership was overwhelmed, and that the security minister at the time, Moshe Dayan, was panicking. Those who have learned the history will not be surprised, but three of Israel’s four dailies find it shocking, even 37 years later. And as to the loss of trust in leadership [Heb]: it has left Israelis ever more passive,…

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  • Between the lines (4 Oct): Europe on alert; IDF misbehaving

    Headlines: Europe feels like Israel >All the newspapers open with the alert to travelers in Europe, issued by the US, warning of possible terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda. Stories highlight the sense of vindication, or even schadenfreude, in seeing that Israel is not alone in facing Islamist terrorism (Ma’ariv: “London is not less dangerous than Sderot”; Yedioth: “Traveling to Europe, feeling like in Israel”). >Security Minister Ehud Barak (Labour) and Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar (Likud) are asking for another government debate regarding the expulsion of 400 children of illegal migrants. Interior Minister, Eli Yishay (Shas), in response, attacks Sa’ar for…

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