I once heard Bill Maher say that: “Israel has won every war she ever had to fight because she has to, she has no choice. If she loses she will be wiped off the map.” So true. In 2006, Israel was attacked by Hezbollah and was forced to go to war in Lebanon. The war … More What victory looks like
The Israeli experience is rich and complex. The shadow of terrorism and war hovers above, casting a shadow but never managing to darken the Israeli experience. It does not control us but it does influence the way we grow. We doing things because of it and despite it. It’s been almost two years since our … More The Israeli, HaYisraeli
The words below are not mine, they are a translation of a post Ziv Shilon wrote on his Facebook page. Reading it brought tears to my eyes. Ziv is inspiring, a true leader. When things seem terrible and frighteningly dangerous in this little country of … More Inspiring words from Ziv Shilon, Israeli wounded warrior
“Why did you want to do it?” the reporter asks 14 year old Husam Abdul from Shechem. The teenager had been sent to explode himself in order to kill Israeli soldiers. The reporter tries to put words in the Husam’s mouth: “You did it for Paradise right?” but as children often do, Husam blurted out … More Because the people, they don’t love me
People around the world are fed with countless stories about Israel. I wonder how many of them are true. I have no statistics, however I do know that the international media commonly reports without showing the context, is guilty of purposely slanting stories, omitting details and even outright, blatant lies. From the comments people make … More Things you will never see on your t.v.
I don’t think people realize how small Israel is… because we are so small a terrorist act that kills 5 or 7 people is like the 9/11 attack in America. During Operation Protective Edge 72 people were killed. Can you imagine experiencing the attacks of 9/11 14 times in two months? Many are left with … More Hopefully in the future there will also be miracles for us. We are going to need them.
Welcoming IDF soldiers home from war, rejoicing that they are alive… what could be more Israeli? They type of celebration seen in the video below is as Arab as it gets. An older woman sings out in piercing tones words of greeting, words of blessing. The other women join in. To western ears their tone … More Israel, not what you think…
They did everything right, They got married, had a boy. He was bouncy and fun, wise beyond his years. He taught them to love, taught them to be good parents. They had two more children. They played with them, looked after them. One day it was no longer safe for their children to play outside. … More They did everything right… almost.
This morning I woke up to news of one soldier killed, 4 wounded. 9 terror-attack tunnels were found during the night. The air-raid notification on my phone was going off – Hamas is bombarding our southern towns with missiles. Yesterday, before the IDF went into Gaza, a soldier was injured and his combat dog was … More The terrible toll…
Heroes don’t wear capes and masks. They don’t have super powers. Heroes are regular people who do what needs to be done in unbearable, impossible situations. This video shows heroes under fire. Faceless people, “just” doing what was needed – doing everything possible to save the life of Dror Hanin who was hit by a … More This is what heroism looks like…