Featured Post

Free The Hostages! Bring Them Home!

(this is a featured post and will stay at the top for the foreseeable future.. scroll down for new posts) -------------------------------...

Jul 15, 2024

15 years to clean up

According to the United Nations, the destruction in Gaza is so bad that it will take 15 years to clear the rubble.




I say good. The longer the better. They will be so busy clearing rubble maybe they wont get so involved in terrorism. 




------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

be careful Chabad

from what I am told, this video is published by Hamas calling for their supporters around the world to target and attack Chabad, as they are part of the Israeli army





be careful out there...







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

#157: Behind the Bima - Douglas Murray (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Is sabas advice valid? (video)






------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

From Kidron Valley to Pool of Siloam (not a Tourist Route!). Jerusalem Early in The Morning. (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Kol Zman - Shulem Lemmer ft. Hershy Rottenberg (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Jul 14, 2024

Picture of the Day



this will be the actual PotD connected to Israel.. the site of the hit on Mohammed Deif yesterday in Khan Younis, Gaza. There has not yet been confirmation that Deif was taken out, and unless he makes an appearance we might never know if he was successfully killed or not, but Israel thinks with strong indication that Deif is no longer a threat.
May the rest of the Hamas leadership meet a similar demise soon..



------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

But they flew

But they flew

My response to the survey of El Al in the previous post.

But they flew

When all other airlines, and most of all the airlines that fly to North America, disappeared during the war at the slightest appearance of anything concerning, El Al continued to fly.

Expensive? Yes, but that is the free market law of supply and demand. All the other airlines stopped flying, El Al had a limited number of seats available with many more people than available seats vying for them. Naturally the prices go up accordingly. As someone who had to fly during that period and had to pay the high prices of El Al, I still say this.

And mostly....

But they flew. When nobody else did.


------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

A SURVEY OF EL AL AIRLINES IN WAR TIMES

A SURVEY OF EL AL AIRLINES IN WAR TIMES

 

By

Dr. Harold Goldmeier with assistance from Leora Cohen, Bella Katz, and Moriah Rosenthal.

Dr. Harold teaches at Touro College Jerusalem. He is an award-winning entrepreneur receiving the Governor's Award for family investment programs in the workplace from the Commission on the Status of Women. He was a Research and Teaching Fellow at Harvard.  Harold is a Managing Partner of an investment firm, a business management consultant, a free public speaker on business, social, and public policy issues, and taught international university students in Tel Aviv.

 

 

El Al is Israel’s flag-carrying national airline. It is prospering from the Hamas war recording its best first financial quarter of the fiscal year in the firm’s history. That is not as cringe-worthy as it seems at first glance. The company’s revenue in the first quarter of 2024 was 48% higher than the first quarter of 2023. Profit topped $80M.

 

When other major carriers erratically canceled flights and ultimately ghosted Israel after Hamas invaded, El Al swiftly added routes. Planes were packed with passengers and cargo. Ticket prices doubled and tripled, as weeks turned into months. The company CEO unashamedly told the press, to paraphrase, that is what happens when the competition folds under pressure.

My students in our Entrepreneurship class at Touro College Jerusalem surveyed a small sample of the English-speaking public at random in May to gain insights into the public persona of

El Al is under stress. 

 

Over decades of Middle East conflict, commercial airlines kept flying into Israel. They dealt with threats from terrorists’ missiles and anti-aircraft weapons. Flight crews operated in the liminal state between life and death. Open Skies sent a political message in addition to underpinning the nation’s commercial development.

In October 2023, alerts were issued warning pilots that a commercial plane might be mistaken for an enemy aircraft. There were warnings of debris in the sky from missile intercepts; manipulation of Internet location services to fool invaders; and GPS spoofing potentially affecting flight patterns. Pilots faced uncertainties about where to land in emergencies. In wartime, insurance premiums skyrocket. Planes had to carry extra fuel in case of diversions to other airports. Delays in take-offs and landings add to costs and money lost.

 

El Al is a cultural icon as well as a commercial venture. A blue and white Jewish star is the El Al symbol on every plane’s tail; the airline is woven into the fabric of the nation. Hostages in Entebbe? Divert El Al jumbo jets to extract them. Refugees fleeing Ethiopia? Build clandestine runways in the Sudan desert, rip out the seats in El Al jets, and pack men, women, and children on the floor for flights to their Biblical homeland. Rescue plans have sobriquets like Operation Solomon, Operation Magic Carpet, and Operation Ezra and Nechemia. El Al sent a plane to bring captured Nazi mass murderer Eichmann from Argentina to Israel for trial.   

 

It is the only airline equipped with onboard missile defense systems. Its airplanes did not fly Friday night until sundown Saturday night for 40 years until the state’s rabbis permitted Sabbath flights to bring home soldiers and military cargo from overseas after the invasion of Israel by Hamas.

   

The company is under relatively new management; kudos to them for keeping Israel's skies open to the public, essential cargo flowing into Israel, and turning a profit. There are problems they need to fix.  Here are highlights and lowlights from our findings.

  

El Al profited despite offering discounts to passengers rushing to Israel to rejoin military service units and a flurry of diplomats flying to foreign capitals. El Al became a lifeline for supplies when Red Sea ships became Houthi targets carrying cargo for the war effort and commercial goods for the public. Despite fewer tourists, El Al upped its market share to 80% in the fourth quarter of 2023, compared to 22%, previous to Black Sabbath, October 7th.

 

In the end, record revenue and profits come down to supply and demand; i.e., ticket prices soared because El Al safely flew when other airlines canceled Tel Aviv service, citing safety concerns and sky-high insurance premiums. Perhaps competitors who cancel their flights and ghost Israel will be enticed to return to Israeli skies. That might lower ticket prices, increase tourism, and speed up deliveries of essential cargo.

 

My students each asked travelers between 21 and 55 years of age 12 questions about flying to Israel and El Al, specifically. Students describe the undertaking this way: “We raised questions about El Al that collected constructive criticism, identified competitors, quantified customer loyalty, and more. By receiving this feedback, opportunities to improve business success and business strategies can be identified.”

 

They found El Al is the most popular airline among Israeli respondents when buying tickets, with an average favorability rating of 7.5 out of 10. This coincides with other studies, for instance, as reported by Flight-report, that claim El Al gets an average 8 out of 10 rating by frequent fliers in peacetime. Students ranked respondents’ suggestions that the airline improves seating comfort, in-flight entertainment, and customer service. Americans believe competitors have “better frequent flier programs, more comfortable seating, and superior customer service…. The respondents’ dream flight experiences include easy booking, first-rate customer support, cozy seats, and reasonable costs.”

 

El Al’s support services rate poorly (5.5/10) by American fliers. The sky-high ticket prices that jumped since last October, dramatically contribute to the poor perception of El Al more frequently than it does of other carriers. Perhaps travelers see this as gouging in tough times; rightly or wrongly, we must see the long-term impact on El Al’s reputation.

 

“Younger respondents,” writes one student, particularly those in their early twenties, often prioritize affordability and comfort, while older customers in their forties and sixties focus on service quality and loyalty perks.” The breakdown applies to female respondents and male respondents, respectively. Long wait times for check-in service and misinformation from staff are particularly annoying to customers. “Despite these mixed reviews, many customers are willing to buy from El Al again, primarily due to the airline’s reliability and loyalty, especially in challenging times.”

 

Random comments from respondents point to other areas for improvement. Bathrooms on El Al can be filthy, needing regular cleaning; staff ignored complaints about a dog roaming the aisles on one flight; “teaching crew politeness and cross-cultural training would be an improvement… because El Al services globally to a large array of varying cultures.”

 

Notable comments include fliers’ appreciation for upholding Jewish values, particularly not flying on Jewish holidays and providing kosher meals. Elisheva got special attention from the flight crew when she was pregnant. Others take note that “El Al brought free bags to Israel for soldiers in the current Gaza war, and “they value the sense of security they experience on El Al’s flights because, for example, each flight has sky marshals with concealed arms.”

 

Finally, the students suggest El Al’s marketing ought to focus on people loyal to Israel and stop wasting marketing money on the general population. “Even in wartime, supporters of Israel have proven to be loyal and active consumers.” El Al is like an 18th-century poet’s lonely bird from “haunted places of sadness.” Israel is under siege. Our children are dying. Hostages are captive. But the national airline is “soaring in a flood of gladness” bringing hope with every Magen David landing and take-off on the tail of those lonely birds. 

 






------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Picture of the Day






the image has nothing to do with Israel but how can it not be the PotD?




------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Halacha Headlines: 7/13/24 – Shiur 474 – Halacha: Can an aging forgetful leader be replaced? | Should you allow your daughter to go out with a boy who smokes or vapes? (audio)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Yeshiva with a degree: Mesivta Torah Vadaas (video)

headed by Rav Dovid Leibel.
Looks interesting. I wonder how they deal with the army issue...





------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

"UN officials are turning a blind eye to terrorists fighting out of their own buildings." Eylon Levy (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

MAGICAL JERUSALEM! An Evening Stroll from the City Center to the Western Wall at Night. (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Cantor Netanel Hershtik & Mordechai Shapiro - Prayer for IDF (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Jul 11, 2024

beis din musings

I have had to spend some time recently in the building of the Rabbanut Beis Din in Jerusalem.

Yes, I have heard and read all the statistics of divorce rates always going up and reaching new highs, and even the divorce rates in the religious and Haredi communities climbing. 

It is different to see it yourself, with your own eyes.

The place is hopping, all the time, during business hours, with couples breaking up and going through the process. the days I have been there the crowd was even mostly Haredi (all types, Hassidic, Litvishe, modern, sefardi, etc). The couples were mixed between those only married for short times and others who were clearly married for longer periods. All types of people and couples deciding to get divorced. I am sure each has their story and i no way am I saying that any given case is not justified. I dont know their stories.

But it is sad/disappointing/upsetting/depressing to see.

And on that note, I was surprised to see that among all these couple going in for their hearing, and sometimes with the voices behind closed doors getting raised and becoming screaming matches, young 16 year old women are also sitting their waiting to declare themselves  as religious before a beis din to qualify for an army exemption. Must these young ladies really sit there among all these divorcing couples, have to listen to their arguments and even screaming while they wait for their turn?

The beis din should separate these young women and have them do their declarations in a different part of the building.

And there should be more discretion in the lobby of the discussion halls - divorcing couples and their families have to sit there waiting while the other side to the dispute is sitting just a few chairs away and they both have to sit there uncomfortably. And that's if they aren't screaming at each other. And everyone has to hear everyone else talking to the lawyer or talking to the soon to be ex or families talking amongst themselves... At what is surely a private and sensitive, and emotional, moment, the people should be given more privacy.


------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Harav Asher Weiss' Profound Encounter with a Wounded Warrior (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

American Jews at a Crossroads | Daniel Gordis on the political and cultural crisis facing US Jewry (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Eli Begun- In Our Darkest Times (Official Music Video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Jul 10, 2024

"You're Whitewashing Mass MURDER" | Gaza Debate Feat Aaron Mate (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

the rav from Bnei Braq who would draft thousands of Haredim (video)

Rav Dovid Leibel





------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Lenny Solomon Live (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Spread Light | Alex Clare | Matisyahu | TYH Nation (Official Music Video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Jul 9, 2024

Tzava Shamayim, Ep 3 (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Rugelach Guy's Followup (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Relaxing Tel Aviv! From Busy Streets to a Serene Stroll Along the Banks of the Yarkon River. (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Moti Weiss - Bati Ledaber (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Jul 8, 2024

what should they do?

In light of the ongoing coalition crisis (which can fizz out just as easily and quickly as it can expand and intensify), here is what I think the various players should do, each from their perspective (as I understand it):

Itamar Ben Gvir: should resign and call for elections. Ben Gvir should declare himself as running for prime minister, no more being second fiddle to a party that is not as right wing as they claim to be.

Betzalel Smotritch: he has no hand to play, and he knows it. He has to just be as right wing extreme as he can and hope he doesnt get decimated in whatever happens next. He does not have the power to be proactive in this.

Moshe Gafni and Yitzchak Goldknopf: they don't have much of a hand. Quitting the coalition wont help them, but it also wont hurt them. If they have a serious enough crisis (eg yeshiva boys get drafted or arrested), they can quit. If not, they really have no reason to.

Aryeh Deri: he has a hand to play but has no real option. Bringing down the government won't really help them, but at some point, when they run out of complaints, they have to show they have some ideology behind them and not just looking for jobs. I dont think we are far off, if things keep not falling their way, but I dont think they are there just yet.

Benjamin Netanyahu: He should resign from politics, but he wont. Bring down the government, dissolve the Knesset, and call for elections, while stepping away from politics. If he does that now, his legacy is gone and destroyed and will only be remembered as having presided over the worst attack and massacre with all the failures involved, and having abandoned the hostages. So he can't do that, at least not now. He won't do that until he rebuilds his image a bit, and will need a big win for that to happen.
Netanyahu should take advantage of this current crisis, along with the other recent coalition crises, and say he has had enough (he has done this before in previous governments). He should blame the heads of all the parties for their bickering, blackmail, irresponsible behavior, and unreasonable demands. he should blame them for the impossibility of coming to a hostage deal (while stressing most of the blame is on Hamas). 
Netanyahu should declare that after elections he will move to form a unity government, not an extreme Right government. He needs to get into discussions with Gantz and Lieberman and others from the other parties (specifically the more center leaning parties) to talk about forming a government together, maybe as a rotation, though it can only work if Netanyahu offers to go second in rotation rather than first. Nobody will trust him to follow through with rotating when the time comes. Obviously specifics will depend on results of elections and which comes out the bigger party, but in general that is what he should be doing.







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

#156: Behind the Bima - Simmy and Sara Zimbalist, parents of Eli Moshe H"yd (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Ivanka Trump on the Concept of Lashon Hora (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Jerusalem Is Beautiful. an Amazing Walk from The Golden Gate of The Old City to The City Center. (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Yanky Hill - Pashut lichyot (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Jul 7, 2024

Exceptional times calls for exceptional measures

2 or 3 citizens are being investigated for activities on October 7 2023 in which they went down south to fight the terrorists invading Israel and massacring the residents of the area of the "Gaza Envelope" - the claim, or suspicion, is that they shot and killed a terrorist (or terrorists) that had already been captured and were no longer a threat.

Obviously there are laws and everyone has to follow them. I am not privy to the evidence for or against whatever is claimed they did so I am not going to comment on their innocence or guilt. 

However.

However.

October 7, 2023 was an outrageous day, a chaotic day, a day of fear and adrenaline. A day the government and the IDF took 8-10 hours before responding. A day that private citizens from all around the country grabbed a personal weapon, if anything, and drove down south to fight the terrorists and save lives while the government and IDF did nothing. Private citizens, amidst overwhelming chaos and fear, with no organization, with perhaps not enough knowledge of laws and/or ability to evaluate the situation.

I don't know what they did or did not do. If it is clear and obvious that they were just murdering terrorists already in captivity, that is one thing and that situation has to be stopped. if it was not so clear and there is room to think the terrorists might still have been a threat in some way, the authorities should approach this differently. These were unusual and exceptional circumstances. The authorities should be saying thank you to all those people who went in and filled the void and prevented the situation from being even worse than it was. If there is any room for leniency, any way to see that the situation at the time was unclear and uncertain, they should be treated with the utmost leniency

Desperate times calls for desperate measures. Exceptional times calls for exceptional measures. Unusual times calls for unusual measures.


------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Halacha Headlines: 7/6/24 – Shiur 473 – Supporting a son or son-in-law in learning – is it a good investment? (audio)









------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Jerusalem! the Most Beautiful City in The World! Immerse Yourself in The City's Atmosphere. (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

(Prod.by Shlomo Bachar) Shimon Levi - Rak Od Nigun (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Jul 4, 2024

God Bless America With a Yiddish Twist - Shulem (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

throw money at it

There is a report out there that PM Netanyahu has approved the spouse of Yisrael Katz, our Foreign Minister, to travel abroad with him at the expense of the State.

People are making a big deal about this, wasting State money, during a war, etc.

It does not bother me. This is pocket change for the State. Less than pocket change.  This is the change found in the couch cushions.

The issue is that this is what Netanyahu does when he has a problem. He throws other peoples money at it.

Netanyahu is afraid Katz might make coalition trouble for him, so he throws him a bone and lets him travel with his wife on the State dime.

He throws money at Hamas for a decade expecting it will keep them quiet - this time it being Qatar's money.

There is another report that UTJ is upset about their education system. Chinuch Atzmai, being in serious debt due to mismanagement of funds and they have been threatening the coalition over it to get the shortfall covered. Netanyahu has now said the government will cover it (though for now the finance Ministry is opposing this, according to reports). Throw money at it, not his own money, to keep them quiet and happy.

This is how Netanyahu works. He des what is good for him. I would add "not whats good for the State", but he is such a narcissist that he thinks what's good for him is automatically good for the State. 


------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Jul 3, 2024

Tzava Shamayim, Ep2 (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

MK Simcha Rotman on Non-Jewish Aliyah, Amending the Law of Return, Double Taxation (Heb & Eng) (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

our greatest ambassador

Rugelach. who knew?





------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Barak Grossberg • Nova Festival (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Jul 2, 2024

a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma

While the bickering and blame game from yesterday's fiasco (ie the release of the terrorist head of Shefa Hospital) continue, another crazy situation arises.

Today the Israeli government connected Gaza to the Israeli power grid and let the electricity flow.

Now, if Benny Gantz would still be in the government coalition and War Cabinet, Ministers Ben Gvir and Smotritch (among others) would be screaming that Gantz needs to go, the Conceptzia Cabinet is destroying the war effort, Gantz is insisting we lose the war by giving them electricity and other aid, etc. But alas, Gantz is not in the government and Ben Gvir has nobody to blame and scream about other than his natural partners who he can only attack so much.

So now, with nobody to scream at, the full right wing government turns on the electricity in Gaza with nothing in return and nobody says a word.

This government is a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma..


------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Talkline With Zev Brenner on Haredim in the Army with Rabbis Avi Shafran & Scott Kahn (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Tzva Shamayim (video)

Channel 12 News is running a series of reports of Haredim and the army, sending a reporter to spend time in a mainstream Haredi yeshiva, one of the top yeshivas, talking with the rosh yeshiva and the boys... 
the 1st episode:






------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

JERUSALEM TODAY! Experience the Heartbeat of the Holy City! (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Moshe Peretz and Muki: Modeh Ani (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Jul 1, 2024

had no idea!

It is amazing how every minister in this government knew nothing about the decision to release the terrorist head of Shefa Hospital (of Gaza), among other terrorists released, due to overcrowding in the prisons, or whatever excuse they give. 

They should be held as prisoners and only release din a hostage exchange deal, if at all. Why are we releasing terrorist prisoners, for free, while our hostages are sitting in Gaza? Are they also offering goodwill gestures and releasing Israelis for free?

Yet all the people at the top, responsible for this decision, know nothing about it, only heard from the news, and pass the blame each to another office. Take some responsibility!

And having no control and really not knowing about it is no excuse. that might be even worse.


------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

#155: Behind the Bima - Frank Meeink, Reformed Neo Nazi (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Behind the Scenes with Avraham Fried in Hebron (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Hamerapeh by Bracha Jaffe ft. skater Breindy Ovitsh | For Women and Girls Only (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Ari Hill ft. Aviel Graucher - Rak beyachad (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Jun 30, 2024

A bad name

The news is reporting that the Meretz and Labor parties are uniting into one party under the name "Hademocratim" - the Democrats.

At this point, and it might be too early to know, especially with no elections on the horizon at this time, we don't know if they are joining  and merging into one party or if this will be two separate parties running a joint list (like was Degel and Aguda do, like what Hatzionut Hadatit and Otzma Yehudit did in the last election, etc).

Personally I think it is a mistake, a bad move.

Not the joining together to run on a single list (whether as a new unified party or as a joint list). That is fine and correct and should have been done before, even though there are significant differences between the two parties.

The mistake, the bad move, is the name. The Democrats.

Israel should stay bipartisan. A name like this aligns them too closely with the Democrat party in the USA, and that was obviously their intention. 

Even if their ideals are somewhat aligned, and even if they are somewhat loosely associated with each other, they should have chosen a different name. This ties them too closely to American politics and to one American side. Israeli parties should be independent, not branches of foreign political parties and not tied directly to them and not even thought as the local chapter even if there is no real association. The Israeli political scene should be thought of as independent and bi-partisan.



------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Halacha Headlines: 6/29/24 – Shiur 472 – What Happens to Kids When Parents Fight (audio)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

"The #GenZionist resistance to the Campus Tentifada!" | Eylon Levy at the Birthright Mega-Event 2024 (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Gonenim Neighborhood. Serenity and Charm in Southwest Jerusalem. (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Fight Your Fight | IDF Rabbinate Choir & Tomer Matana (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Chaim Horowitz - (Ribono Shel Olam) (Official Music Video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Jun 27, 2024

Naftali Bennett at Cyber Week: October 7th and the future of Israel (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Yamim Baim - Luzy Klatzko - Composed by Benzion Klatzko (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Jun 26, 2024

Homeland (Moledet) (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

budgets and drafts

Some of the gedolim of the Haredi community have gone on a fundraising trip to the USA, looking to raise a significant sum of money, to the tune of $100million, that would be used to create a fund to support the yeshivas in Israel, making up for the shortfall from the government funding that has been, and will be further, cut due to the draft law issues.

There has been a little criticism of this, which I disagree with. I think the criticism, little as it was, was based on the timing - during a war with hostages and all that, the money should be directed to the war effort, supporting the wounded, etc. I disagree with this sentiment. There are plenty of people out there donating to all sorts of causes. If all donations are to be stopped and redirected to the war effort, where is the criticism of donations to cancer research at this time or to supporting the needy or to any other cause? Only donations to yeshivas draw criticism?

Thankfully there are lots of different people with different priorities and that way all different sorts of causes can get supported.

That being said, anybody who thinks this fund creating increased financial independence of the Haredi community, independence from the government and its demands, are, I think, sorely mistaken.

One can argue whether the government should or should not support institutions that encourage dodging the draft. However, even if the government does not fund them and instead those institutions attract money from elsewhere, that still does not exempt them from the laws and societal obligations that everyone else is tied down with. They are citizens like anyone else and the mandatory draft applies to them equally, even if they do not get the budgets they want. 

This financial independence will not secure them quiet on this front. They need the financial independence and should continue working toward it, but they should not expect that this will effect a release from the claims that they must share the burden. the suggestion that freeing themselves from the government budgets would win them quiet from the draft was always a red herring and a false equivalence.






------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

change in the Haredi leadership

Obviously the big news of the day was the Supreme Court decision saying that with no law granting exemptions, the Haredim must draft just like everyone else to the IDF (as per the general draft law), and if they organizationally do not, the government cannot pay the various monies to the yeshivas while harboring draft dodgers.

Whatever happens with the draft law, what I find most intriguing about this, at least as of today, is that the Haredi MKs and Minister barely let out a peep. They eventually made some obligatory, mostly pareve, statements against the Supreme Court, but their response was nothing like what they have been threatening it would be, nor like the responses from any point in history, including in very recent years, about this issue.

the fact that they did not bring down the government over this is humongous. The fact that they have recently been pushing the draft law proposal proposed by Benny Gantz last year after they then called it a disaster and an attempt at shmad, shows perhaps a change in the style adapted by the Haredi parties.

It might simply be pragmatism. They have no reasonable alternative, so why break up the party? If they bring it down, the next government can only be worse for them. And other similar arguments. Just a few years ago (we cant really use last years as an example because they were in Opposition so naturally attacked everything that government did), they would have likely brought down the government over this, and over the government's lack of trying to solve it, and the statements made by some Likudniks supporting it. They would have been super militant. Even heading into this they were more militant, saying this is what will be the straw that breaks the camels back and without an immediate solution they would leave. When push comes to shove they haven't left, making a variety of excuses why it is pointless to leave.

So it might just be a strange form of pragmatism that overcomes ideals. The Haredi parties used to have some pretty strong red lines, while this government has crossed most of them with little to no response from the Haredi parties.

But it might also be a fundamental change in the way they approach things now. They perhaps know they cant get everything they want. They dont want to give up their share in leadership of the nation. They want the benefits of being in government, and the costs are less bothersome. They used to be in government to "save what they could" for the Torah world - now they aren't even doing that, but stay in government anyway.

I think this change in their approach, for either reason, is massive, and perhaps indicates some sort of coming closer to Israeli society. They still want what they want, but they are not really willing any longer to stand up for it when push comes to shove in the face of what most everyone else wants.



------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

so who is Left now?

Remember when last week IDF Spokesperson Daniel Hagari drew fire when he said the IDF can destroy Hamas militarily and kill the terrorists and dismantle the organization but it cant get rid of an idea, the ideology that is Hamas? 

Hagari said this, last week, and was immediately incessantly attacked by members of the government, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They accused him of trying to thwart the possibility of Israel winning the war. they accused him of being a leftist. They accused the IDF of not doing its job as set out by the government. They used this as an example to show the IDF is run by leftists who want Israel to lose and just want to dismantle the government.

Well, today, Tzachi Hanegbi, Israel's National Security Advisor, bona fide right winger, long time Likudnik, son of Geula Cohen (Likud and then Tehiya z"l), appointed as NSA by PM Netanyahu himself, said they exact same thing.

Today at the Reichman University Herzliya Conference Hanegbi said "We can’t get rid of Hamas as an idea, there we need an alternative idea, not just hurting the military capabilities of Hamas"...

Did you hear a peep from PM Netanyahu about Hanegbi trying to make sure Israel loses the war, or that he is a leftist trying to bring down the government? or, alternatively, did you hear an apology to Hagari? To be fair, there was some criticism of Hanegbi for saying this, but it was, reportedly, kept pretty quiet and internal, only voiced in internal government whatsapp groups, and only voiced there by members of Otzma Yehudit and Hatzionut Hadatit, not by the Likudniks and others who joined in the criticism of Hagari.

Don't turn everything into left vs right and when someone doesn't follow the exact script you want them to say they immediately become the enemy.



------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Jun 25, 2024

The Sin Of The Spies - Why We Must All Move To Israel (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Shalom Rav 砖诇讜诐 专讘 | Eli Skaist Feat. Ari Dobkin | TYH Nation (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Jun 24, 2024

Hashem Yikom Damo

The Yudkin family is fighting with the IDF to get the initials hyd inscribed on their son's grave. 

Yisrael Yudkin, 22 years old from Kfar Chabad, was killed in battle in Gaza. 

The family wants the traditional hyd on the grave. HYD stands for Hashem Yikom Damo - God should avenge his blood. The IDF is saying, sorry we don't do that. You can't put that on the top of his grave but you can put it on the side stone. 

I'm not sure how but somehow this has also turned into a haredi/non-haredi issue, with many taking a side referencing this as being an issue on which to be considerate of haredim, if we want them to draft. I'm not sure why it is a haredi issue, let alone to be specifically on top rather than the side. Are haredim the only people who request hyd on graves? 

The IDF is a bureaucracy. Probably the largest of all Israeli bureaucratic organizations, alongside Bituach Leumi. The IDF has its rules and guidelines. For whatever reason they don't put hyd on the grave, on top, and want uniform grave memorials. That's the way it is. 

Honestly, this doesn't seem like a major issue, one that needs to be fought about, in either direction. I don't know why the IDF doesn't put hyd on (though I understand why as a bureaucracy they refuse to change the policy) and I don't know why the lot needs to fight it and be the exception.. If you want a military burial, follow the rules of the military burial. If you want to write your own epitaph on the grave, do a private burial. 

In the end, I think this will be a trigger for the long run to push the idf to change policy-this policy and probably others, to be considered more culturally sensitive. Especially as the IDF will get more religious in the coming years... 




------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

PM Netanyahu interview on Channel 14 (video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Lefties losing it: Rita Panahi mocks ‘clueless’ pro-Palestine protesters (video)







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Houthis make a music video (video)

This is the latest Houthi music video...







------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Mordechai Shapiro - Nagila (Official Music Video)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Jun 23, 2024

The United Nations strikes again

UN Secretary-General Ant贸nio Guterres expressed his grave concerns on Friday about the friction in the north between Lebanon (Hezbollah) and Israel increasing and widening into a greater conflict. Guterres said "Let’s be clear: The people of the region and the people of the world cannot afford Lebanon to become another Gaza ".


1. Guterres isn't worried Israel might become another Gaza, under attack by Iranian advanced weapons in the hands of Hezbollah. He is only worried Lebanon might become another Gaza, from Israeli attacks

2. I guess he has confidence in Israel's abilities, but not in Hezbollah's.

3. or maybe he just does not care if Israel becomes Gaza from Lebanese attacks?

4. and why did it not bother him until now with Hezbollah attacking Israel daily, destroying communities, displacing tens of thousands of people from communities near the border, but is only concerned once Israel starts stepping up the retaliatory strikes and what that might lead to?

5. Where are the United Nations peacekeeping forces and why are they not doing their job?





------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

low hanging fruit

There was some strange incident near the end of this past week. PM Netanyahu tried to appoint someone (Avi Cohen Scali from Bet Shemesh) to the position of "Projector" for Northern Israel. Netanyahu retracted the appointment pretty quickly and there were some explanations as to why, but this is just another strange incident with Netanyahu about which we will never really know the truth.

It seems Minister Yitzchak Wasserlauf had said that he will not support a political appointment like that.

Today Netanyahu excoriated Wasserlauf in the government's meeting. Netanyahu said he will not be threatened by Ministers to vote against the government. That is unacceptable. I am not willing to allow ministers to threaten the Prime Minister. 

Netanyahu is being big and angry and scolding against a minor minister, while he lets other ministers, more senior ones and those with more sway and influence, threaten him and his government 2 to 3 times a week. And simple MKs as well. Between Ben Gvir and Gafni and Deri along with others, Netanyahu has probably been threatened a record number of times over the past few months. Yet he says nothing because he cannot afford to anger them and drive them away. 

Ben Gvir might choose to back his guy (Wasserlauf) up, but it seems more likely he will just let this haranguing slide. Netanyahu can save some face going after the unimportant low hanging fruit while he lets the more difficult people walk all over him...


------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Halacha Headlines: 6/22/24 – Shiur 471 – Electricity on Shabbos - Are you really keeping Shabbos? | Is there a difference between a Ben Torah and an Orthodox Jew? (audio)








------------------------------------------------------
Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel
------------------------------------------------------

Related Posts

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...