After the recent horrific school shooting in Florida, have been watching my American friends debate the issue of gun control. It is amazing what an enormous chasm there is between Israel and America when it comes to guns. From Israel it looks to me like Americans are shouting at each other, no one is listening … More Gun Control: America, Israel and the chasm in between
Dear people of Sutherland Springs, I am writing to you, from Israel, to tell you that I see you. Halfway around the world, with enough worries of our own, it was heart-breaking to hear of the devastating shooting in your community. We know what it means to have our loved ones ripped from us. I … More An open letter to the people of Sutherland Springs from Israel
George E. Marcia Jr. lied about his age so he could enlist. It’s almost shocking to write the word “lie” in the same sentence as my grandfather’s name because he was the most honest, accurate man I have ever met. My grandfather, my Saba was a stickler for details, a man with the mind of … More My Grandfather Was Semper Fi
My article about airport security and the difference between Israeli security models and those implemented elsewhere – published in the Oct/Nov 2016 edition of The Counter Terrorist magazine. And for those who have a hard time reading the article as it was published, this is the text: From Brussels to Orlando, airports to Disney … More Security models that provide a feeling of safety are not necessarily safe
My article in The Counter Terrorist magazine – April / May 2017 PTSD in Israel’s Defense Forces is among the lowest in militaries worldwide In 2013 the Israel Defense Forces Medical Corps Mental Health Department released a study on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the study, reported cases of post-traumatic stress disorder among … More Why do American Combat Soldiers Suffer From PTSD More Than Their Counterparts?
Two weeks ago I found myself in Washington DC, standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Contemplating but not silent, the 19 foot tall form of Lincoln looks out through the columns of the temple where his memory is enshrined, towards the towering monument honoring the father of the nation, George Washington. This was the … More Restoring honor to America: with malice toward none, charity for all and firmness in right
On 9.11.2001 America learned there is an enemy. They didn’t understand who the enemy was or why they were being attacked. They did understand that someone wanted to bring the great US of A to her knees and most Americans resolutely declared they would not let that happen. America would stand proud as she had … More “Are you ready? Okay. Let’s roll.”
Where were you on 9/11? That was a day I will never forget. I believe that day of horrors brought vital lessons to America (and the rest of the world), lessons that if left unlearned, put us all in eminent danger. How many will never forget? Those that lost loved ones will never forget. Those … More “Let’s Roll” – Looking back at 9/11