Showing posts from January, 2012

Desert Hike - Ein Avdat

Dear Citizens of the World! After a heavy subject in my last post, I have decided to turn towards the brighter side of living in Israel as an expat... Escaping from Tel Aviv on weekends and seeing the country. This weekend was rainy and cold in TA... the perfect time to drive down to the Negev desert and go for a hike. We chose to go down to the area where the first Prime Minister of Israel started a Kibutz after his first stint in office. Our destination was an oasis at the end of a narrow canyon called En Avdat or... depending on the spelling, Ein Avdat. This shady oasis in the desert guarantees pictures of wildlife. There are plenty of birds for bird watchers. If you want to go... the link for the GPX file is uploaded to Wikiloc. Happy trails! -The Unitedstatesian

Israel at War -- Outlook

Dear Citizens of the World! The outlook is bleak! Israel is at war, but not with another country. It is at war with its own brand of extremism. Many believe that the Arab Spring will unleash the extremists in the Arab world, long held down by dictators, causing Israel to be more at danger. Thus far, this has not been the trend. I personally believe that the Arab Spring will be a positive thing for the region and Israel. The threat, as I see it, comes more from a homegrown extremism. Although small, it is quite vocal. Being Jewish is more a race than a religion. Only about 20 percent of Jewish Israelis consider themselves religious. And, the extremists are only about one percent of that 20 percent. That one percent of the 20 percent gets many of the headlines inside...and outside of Israel.,7340,L-4162611,00.html The 0ne-percent have many privileged here in Israel. Most do not work or do the three-year mandatory