Stephen Pohlmann lives in Israel. He travels a lot, so his view is, perhaps, more objective - less emotional - more 'believable'. This is his view on national and regional politics, mixed with the daily life of this still new and growing country. Number 167 - Israel's Natural Disasters
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Israel’s Natural Disasters
Well, before you start bombarding us with comments…OK, we did it. Ex-President Moshe Katsav will definitely go to jail for rape and sexual harassment.
It has taken a long time, but today the verdict came in: guilty!
It’s terrible that the President should have done such things.
It’s terrible that he, as a person, has constantly tried to avoid the truth – even now his family are saying he’s innocent.
But…this country has the guts to do what it has to do. It proves 1) that in Israel, all are equal in the eyes of the law, and 2) a woman has full control over her body.
What a day….the media is bursting with the news…
(While we’re on the subject of women…in a country whose ultra-religious population do have special laws for women – although the women themselves openly do not complain – 3 women received their pilot wings today – a jet pilot, a navigator and a helicopter pilot. This is a great country).
But other things have been happening –
But let’s get happier. You know the jokes about Moses taking the wrong turn and ending up here, while the poor Bedouins ended up with all the oil. Well, Israel has finally hit the jackpot. And it’s gas – under the Mediterranean – in Israeli waters. First there was the ‘Tamar’ drill site, which is said to be worth $15 billion. Now the Leviathan reserve, perhaps 130 km. NW of Haifa, has an estimated value of $45 billion. For those interested, that’s about 16 trillion cubic feet of gas. Translated into lay language, that’s a lot of canisters..
It is expected that we’ll become a natural gas-exporting nation. Now how about that!!
Everything comes to those that wait.
Sun? Yes, we’re working on that, too. On Tuesday this week, IC Green Projects inaugurated the country’s largest solar power plant, providing 2-Megawatt of green electricity, whatever that comes to.
And to end with some visual stuff, Aviva and I visited 2 museums in the last 2 days. The first, where photography was forbidden, was the newly-renovated Israel Museum in Jerusalem. A stunning revelation. Not only beautiful art, but presented in a manner that makes it just that bit better. Terrific.
And yesterday, it was the ‘Land of Israel’ museum, only a few minutes from us here in Tel Aviv. We only had time for the World Press Photo exhibition. This is the 3rd or 4th year I’ve seen this expo, which I must say was ‘getting to me’. Unfortunately, blood, tragedy, destitution, poverty, devastation…these are some of the words that come to mind when the press gets excited. Great pictures, yes, but there’s a limit….
But there was a separate section, covering Israeli photographers, and here are some examples:
Horses in a snowy vineyard
Kite-flying at the UN Summer camp in Gaza
After Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, the rebuilding starts..
Pigeons impersonating vultures in Gaza devastation
A moral to the above photos….No. For me it’s so obvious. War never was pretty. And this is a stupid war. You keep hitting your neighbour, the recriminations are predictable. It’s like the discussion I had a few days ago, when I told a young lady walking her baby in a pram across a pedestrian crossing. She walked at the talker’s angle, mobile phone stuck between ear and shoulder. She was not interested in my speed, my direction, my intention. We are expecting our first grandchild soon. God forbid my daughter acts this way. When I pointed the danger out to her, she stupidly retorted that she has the right of way. Well that’s not going to help when she knocks on Heaven’s door.
(Actually, this is a stupid metaphor, because we are NOT just a bad driver in this area. But you know what I mean, don’t you?)
And I end this with 3 ‘just good pics’……
Tide out on a east coast beach in UK
“…And this is MY favourite view”
A diving kingfisher
Shana Tova (that’s Happy New Year in Hebrew – works for any new year..)
December 30, 2010
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