The Ugly Side of Things

By Ari Bussel

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The weather in Israel has not made up its mind yet – so, one day it is Spring, the next back to Winter, and we are already on the last day of April. Indeed, Mother Nature this year has been volatile the world over, from tornados to earthquakes, tsunamis to uncharacteristic rain or warmth. Shall we attempt to read anything into this unusual behavior, possibly an omen for us?

Israelis are often compared to a cactus fruit, thorny outside and sweet inside. I was thinking about this description during the last few days, as I experienced the following instances in greater intensity than ever before. As if people know something is about to happen so they are restless, less cordial, more careless when caution is needed.

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Springtime in Israel

By Ari Bussel

Springtime in Israel

Everything is flowering in Israel at the moment. Bursting with a full spectrum and combinations of colors only nature can provide. Blossoms are everywhere, from trees to bushes to lowly grass, in gardens, yards, construction sites, on the roadside and in the most unexpected places. No one will forgo celebrating a spring showing off its natural beauty and a chance to escape dormancy for a short, extraordinarily beautiful while.

Life grabs the moment and lives to the fullest, opening up and delicately discovering a world, bestowing its natural beauty as a gift, not to oneself but to others. It is an intoxicating feeling of sharing, one that should be encapsulated and put aside for safekeeping for colder, darker or grayer times.

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Fatah & Hamas Become One

By Ari Bussel

One thing became evident during my first two days in Israel: Israel goes round and round, like ducklings around their mother. They stray and go in all directions, always under the watchful eye of Mother Duck.

But in Israel’s case, Mother Duck is the Palestinians, and Israel behaves contrary to her age, centuries-old wisdom or experience.

Hamas’ Political Wing in Damascus, Syria, and Fatah (the Palestinian Authority), have agreed in Egypt to a reconciliation that will eventually lead to a transitory unity government. Elections will be established within a year (for the president and parliament).

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The Spring Revolution

By Ari Bussel

Not much information is allowed out of Syria, other than pronunciations that “foreign elements are at work and must be quashed, while anyone peacefully protesting is protected.” Syria is launching an independent investigation as to the events unfolding, mimicking the UN inquiry. The results of both could not be further apart, teaching that the best defense is a good offense.

Yesterday, a headline in an Israeli newspaper quoted a Syrian protestor calling for Israel to conquer Syria. The End of Days, a Syrian revolutionary looking for salvation from Israel? Clearly, no Arab is afraid that Israel might conquer other lands, for they know no harm will then befall them. Israel remains the one beacon of sanity in the Middle East that even an Arab can respect.

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A Declaration of War

By Ari Bussel

“To Israel’s enemies I have only one thing to say—HISS OFF!” Norma Zager

When a country’s enemies actively attempt to destroy it by any means possible, would one not expect the country to fight back?

Israel’s track record in that respect is dismal at best. Excuses aside, for eight long years, Israel’s “neighbor” Gaza (today’s Hamastan) was constantly bombarding her towns, cities and agricultural communities with rockets. Israel allowed the barrages to go on and on until finally fed up, at the end of 2008 and beginning of 2009 she embarked on Operation Cast Lead.

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A Pat-Down

By Ari Bussel

During the many stops of my international flight, I was only stopped in Frankfurt, twice as a matter of fact.

In the United States, my suitcases were not even checked, and there were many things in them that might appear suspicious at first glance and would have required a secondary inspection.

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The War for Israel’s Independence

By Ari Bussel

Israel’s enemies are becoming more and more vicious in their attacks. They claim to anyone who would still listen that it is the last attempt to save Israel from herself. To them the Palestinians are the answer, in fact the glorified goal, and cannot do anything wrong; Israel is at fault.

They no longer sound reliable, these “lovers of peace.” Just a few days ago they embarked on a field trip to the Palestinian village where the murderers of the five members of the Fogel Family lived. The brutal murder was a cold, calculated mission by two males, 18 and 19, one a student.

They murdered family members, first two boys, then the parents, then before leaving one decided to go back to grab a gun, probably thinking already about the next mission. The Fogel’s three-month-old girl was crying, so he killed her too. Had he noticed the other two boys, he would have murdered them as well.

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The Depths of Hatred

By Ari Bussel

It was recently that I was honored to be the recipient, along with another local columnist, David Suissa, of an e-mail from a person unknown who decided to add us to his / her distribution list.

I suspect the person is local, thus has been exposed to Suissa’s and my weekly columns. I am quite convinced the person has either met me personally or otherwise requested to be on the distribution list of the “Postcards” series I write with award-winning investigative journalist and author Norma Zager.

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Love has Left the Building

By Norma Zager

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hate is an unusual and deadly component in the human psyche. It embeds itself deeply like a tick under the skin. Unless removed it festers and sucks the blood of a victim.

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