Figures on January foreign tourist hotel stays are not yet available, but December's numbers were down 9% compared to December 2014 and 28% compared to December 2013.05:09 10.02.16 | 0 comments
"Criticise but...not now please. Allow the State to do its job [house demolitions, clampdowns on peaceful anti wall protests, some tidying up, ie. ethnic cleansing in E Jerusalem..."(Roo) There is no ethnic cleansing in East Jerusalem in our days. You must be thinking about what the Jordanian forces did, with the help of Palestinian irregular bands, in 1948, to the Jews of East Jerusalem. They attacked, starved out and ethnically cleansed the Jews of East Jerusalem. And that, according to the likes of you was enough to make East Jerusalem an Arab city? And because of that, Jews NOW have no right to go back and settle in East Jerusalem? "Then to reiterate, don`t criticise while we`re in an "existential war for gods sake" and believe me Israel has been in an existential war since its inception and will plausibly be so until eternity...but patience is a virtue, so be patient you headstrong fellow!"(Roo) Thank you Roo, that is exactly what I am advocating: P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E. By all means, negotiate patiently and make peace when the Pal Arabs will agree to reasonable peace terms which would not lead to Israe's destruction. Or if they don't want to negotiate but resort to THEIR customary violent tactics, then give them as good as they give and a bit of interest. Usually that brings them to their collective senses for a little while. Keep to that formula for as long as necessary and when your friends, the Palestinian Arabs, will realise that time is NOT on THEIR side, peace will come... "Destructive versus constructive criticism. Ah yes, please please, lace your criticism[if you really must criticise] with nice anecdotes and platitudes thus engulfing the very criticisms you make so making them more palatable to those of us who prefer not to hear them at all"(Roo) You missed what I said in my post #18 entirely, haven't you Roo? Read it again: "offer CLEAR and well thought out alternatives to tell our leaders what (and how) they SHOULD do ..."(Tim R #18) So here is your chance Roo, TELL-US what SHOULD Israel do to achieve peace with secure and recognized borders which would maintain an ongoing viable sovereign state for the Jewish people?