Thursday, June 3, 2010

one foot in the west, one in the middle east

Following our travel tradition, things seem to heat up in areas shortly after we have visited.  Only this time, we'll be heading back there quite soon, and for some time.

Thought I'd share a few perspectives on the current situation in Gaza:

A blogger's story

Video of the IDF naval boat

My overall sense, even before this event occured, from conversations with Israeli's, is that the majority do not feel that their goverment reflects them.  The goverment continues to serve a minority that controls the political system because the two majority parties cave to the minority instead of finding common ground and combining forces to represent the majority.  Apparently most of the leadership just rotates through the top 5 or so governmental roles.  And we thought it was impossible to get "change" in the USA.  As I learned from a great high school physics teacher, everything is relative.

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