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
The conflict between the "True Believer" and the "Believer in Truth" can often tear a person, indeed a whole society apart. Ahmadinejad has served us well. He has become a personification of ideological tyranny. Now that we can see, hear and smell the danger, we have to protect ourselves from becoming part of it. If Netanyahu can make that transition from ideology to truth seeking, then we will find a "Believer in Truth" waiting for us on the other side as well. In the meantime, I still thank God and my society that I can actively oppose the dominant political ideology, seek a viable reconciliation with the Palestinians based on mutual truth, dignity, security, and well being and not be shot or imprisoned for it. Democratic discourse is still alive in Israel, no matter how hard and ugly and vocal it can become at times. In Iran dissidents are shot and silenced, and sinister demagogues like Ahmadinejad manipulate conferences on deligitimization of every one else's truth save their own.