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
I was there. BenAmi's point that Jewish/Jewish dialogue is in bad state - so true. As I listened to Podheretz emotional perspective of Israel, Jewish future, and Jews in the diaspora, I felt I was hearing a man who is terrified and not able, or perhaps not willing, to see reality as it is today. I know this because I used to have the same perspective. The world is different today than it was during the Inguisition, the pogroms, the Holocaust, and the 65 years of Israel's existence. And yet - we can still point to anti-semitism as a reality. Hatred, ignorance, fear, cruelty, greed - these have always been traits exhibited by humans; humans from every civilization, culture, religion, race, etc. But, so is compassion and love. In the now and the future - we humans really ought to try to cultivate more of the compassion and love traits as we become more crowded and more in need of sharing both space and resources. I must bring up Mandela. He refused to be dissuaded by violence which erupted as he forged ahead to create a healthy South Africa. Now I ask you to ponder... which future option will lead to more violence? A negotiated peace? Maintaining the "status quo" or one bi-national state? I think there will be violence in either case. Extremists on both sides will not be happy with the first option and there will surely be violence. However - seems to me that not negotiating and not providing a democratic bi-national state will lead to all out war. Haven't we all had enough? By the way - there's a third option... a democratic bi-national state. How long would that remain Jewish? We need to act in the present, informed by the past with an eye to the future.