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Wednesday, July 26, 2006




The science of dreams

From today's Haaretz

One of the most infuriating but amusing episodes took place on Egypt's Channel 1: The hostess of a light entertainment show said, "The war in Lebanon seems to be once again reviving the Arab dream of Arab unity... To that end, we have invited to the studio an important researcher in the interpretation of dreams.

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Monday, July 24, 2006




more news from israel

one thing i got from the current mess is that each shelter should be stuffed with 3 tons of toys and dolls for children ... people complain that after a week in shelters the children have become worse than katyusha rockets .. some people say they are leaving shelters because they can no longer put up with their children ... they are poisoning their lives in shelters...

hezbollah went back to shooting close to 100 rockets a day ... low casualties are reported here and there ... though IDF is apparently getting their pattern of shooting .. they hit several katyusha launchers...

IDF man yesterday was being interviewed on the tv ... he said a particular problem are 120mm short range katyushas ... they can be hidden inside a house and put to action in a couple of minutes .. very difficult to track ...

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Sunday, July 23, 2006




The mindset of my country

Letter to a lebanese friend. I am trying to explain the mentality of israel

i told him that IDF says that it can t stop katyushas , only reduce the rate at which they are fired

He responded by saying that IDF changed its speech. He said IDF claimed to able to stop them completely.

I replied that IDF would never promise anything like this. And this is how this letter was born.

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hi ****

fishing is very addictive ... thats why i dont do it because i got the idea - there would be no end to it if i start

about what the army said i can say - the army did nt change speech .. I never heard anything like this ...they are very consistent in what they say until now.. maybe this is how they talk to rabs or how nasrallah presents to arabs what israel says ...

it s not so common here that people would be bragging on the tv and talking nonsense when it comes to military matters....it would be immediately used to acuse one of incompetence ... its a serious
charge here ... if a military or politician is bluffing and then soldiers/civilians die this may be an end for the most brilliant carrier

being stupid is viewed here often more shameful than lack of courage ... its still quite jewish a country ... people here dont mind soldiers surrendering if they run out of ammunition .. soldiers here are instructed , in case they are captured , to try not to give up a sensitive information for a few days to let the army to rearrange things on the ground to make this information useless ... then they should say whatever would save their lives .. its a very different mentality here

its an instruction that everybody recieves here in the first days of military training ..u get caught - do anything u can to stay alive ... they ask u to go on tv and bash your country ??? do it ... sensitive military information ??? no problems .. just try to give the army time to cover its ass before u disclose secrets

but the main thing - u should stay alive ... no treason charges ... no pride and no courage ... they dont expect this from u ... u should be professional and stay alive , u r not kamikadze ...

nobody here says that hezbollah is just a rocket firing squad ... they are ideoogical and run social services ... the options are mostly eigher to hit them very hard and to discourage them from further kidnappings or to get the international community to disarm them (they gave up on the lebanese government now ) ... the outmost they are banking on - hezbollah would be disarmed and would switch to being a purely political force ...

nobody here would ever claim that he can crash in 2 weeks a guerilla movement in another country ... its so stupid that this person would be held an idiot to the last day of his life ... with hezbollah they have no illusions here ... they can only hit it hard and hit the shiites who host them ...

the israelis have some idea about their neighbors .. so they know how to make the right noises ...but its for the arab ears only....the internal discussion here is nothing u are used to in arab countries ...

the same thing with rockets ... they warned people from the beginning - it would be much worse this time and it won t stop until the political process would be switched into a high gear ...

once again... if anybody would say that he can stop it in 2 days and on the third they get somebody killed it would be a political scandal here .... people here are held very responsible for what they say when it comes to military matters and loss of life... so they always try to
lower expectations ... if good happens u credit it to yourself ... if not, u never promised anything to anybody here .... nasrallah with his smart talk would nt survive here as a leader even one hour ....

the situation with hezbollah was compared today by somebody to communist guerilla movements ... its ideology ... until the current surge of fundamentalism stops there is no chance hamas or hezbollah would go away ...

hezbollah here is credited with being a very professional force ... its said to have 4-5 thousand fighters and unknown number of reservists... israel can hit hezbollah very hard but it can t finish it off ... thats why i asked u if there is somebody there on the lebanese side to take advantage of the mess and finish the job...

people here have a siege mentality ... every war is ls taken seriously ... any enemy should be treated as a serious threat ... nobody here calls nasrallah an asshole ... they can say that he miscalculated and brought himself to us on a silver plate ...but they dont have this style of language nasrallah himself is using for israelis

they interpret everything in terms of prices here ( jews .. u know.. )... like olmerts message to the lebanese is - i am much worse than civil war with hezbolla ... the message was nt understood apparently .. the country is destroyed but the lebanese still argue what a disaster it would be to fight hezbollah ... not paying the slightest attention that the disaster has already happened ...

olmerts message to hezbollah - i can inflict on u such a damage after each kidnapping that it just does nt pay off .. this is how they think here ... to pay and all sorts of price calculations is a very common language used when discussing these things ...

this is why they can t understand why the arabs are still fighting them ... the israelis think its simply not worth the price the arabs pay for it......they themselves would give up long time ago ... take 80 % of the west bank .. even 60 and forget about the whole thing ...

people here dont have the sleightest bit of self eliminationism ....its an anti kamikadze mentality ... i mean of course the secular or mildly traditional mainstream ....

u should know that even what ,we call right wing here, may demand in the bright daylight from the government to build a fence between us and israeli arabs and make them part of the west bank ... our right wingers may be insane and may threaten egypt with bombing the asuan but neigher many of them have this 'give me all to the last inch or kill me' mentality...

we have some palestinian like shit only on the fringes of ultra religious right ...most right wingers here are racists but of a different kind ... they think the arabs are monkeys , not interested in real negotiations and should nt be trusted ... but its nothing ideological ... zionism is a dead word here ... nobody uses it or calls himself zionist...

this is the mindset of this country

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Friday, July 21, 2006




news in israel

if u want to know what the news in israel look like ..

first they said that the bridge damascus lebanon was attacked .. then they said that they destroyed several trucks with fresh supplies from syria to nasrallah ... its said they run them by some mountain tracks...

they say one of the katyusha launchers that shelled haifa apparently was hit but they dont know for sure ...

nastrallah reappeared on el jazeera and everybody says he looks ways better than the last time so apparently his poor look before and more to do with the state of air conditioning in their bunkers

tel aviv is in chaos because the police is chasing after some suicide bomber , actually there are rumours that the kamikadze is already caught at the entrance of a hotel and its a woman ...

they say the small force that crossed the border is still fighting but they got the idea what nasrallah was digging there all the 6 years .. they say its strongly built bunkers sometimes interconnected with tunnels ... the katyusha crews are seating there between launches and a thinner force is spread around... the force was ambushed , 4 soldiers shot dead .. they say apparently a dozen of hezbollah fighers are dead ...

a prolonged and boring funeral ceremony of dead soldiers ... everybody makes cross faces as if it happens once in 50 years

the analyst says hezbolah apparently does nt report their losses as part of their media campaign but he says he knows for sure some of their middle ranked commanders were killed from the air...

i dont know if u remember this f-16 shot over beirut a few days ago.. here they showed a clip from one of the bombers ...the bomb hits a long range missile launcher and by freak accident the rocket shoots itself and goes burning into the air...

then they screen some bombed out houses in haifa or naharia ...

they say that people across the north disobey orders ... some can seat no longer in shelters and started messing around ignoring sirens... people say that air conditioning sucks everywhere .. the shelters were not adequately prepaired and children are mad after a week in shelters

half of the population left the north , kiriat shmone is a ghost town ... people in naharia are shown fishing on the beach while rockets hit he town center...

IDF spokesman is interviewed ... he asked when they stop shooting rockets .. he says we can t stop it only reduce ... only ceasefire would stop it ... please be patient

two apache collide in the air ... former military officers curse the IDF once again for how it trains its soldiers .. some say two kidnappings prove that IDF got too smart and electronic and forgot about the basic training ...

weather report comes ... we ve got a good weather ... in the north too says the reporter , but please stop fishing like mad , stay close to shelters

thats the news today

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