Israel Trip 2013  (Page 1)

Metula and the fake Hezbollah village

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 8:30pm 7/31/2013 at 8:30pm

The last in my series of posts from Israel:

After leaving the Valley of Tears battle monument, we descended from the Golan Heights towards Israel’s northernmost town, Metula.

But along the way, we stopped at the Druze town of Mas’ade for lunch at the Nedal Restaurant.  Here’s the view towards Mount Hermon (lost...

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On the Golan Heights – The Valley of Tears

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 8:00pm 7/30/2013 at 8:00pm

Another in my ongoing posts from Israel:

After we left the Tel Saki Battle Memorial on Monday, we continued north, to the Quneitra Crossing, the only active border crossing between Syria and Israel, manned by U.N. forces.  Several weeks ago Syrian rebels briefly seized the area on the Syrian side, and there still is...

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On the Golan Heights – The Battle of Tel Saki

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 29, 2013 at 8:00pm 7/29/2013 at 8:00pm

Another in my ongoing posts from Israel:

We spent the day on the Golan Heights and the Lebanese border near Metula.  We were accompanied by my good friend from Moscow days who I mentioned in a prior post. We were led by Hadar Sela of BBC Watch blog, who lives on the Golan...

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On the road to Golan

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 28, 2013 at 8:00pm 7/28/2013 at 8:00pm

We traveled north from Tel Aviv today to several Kibbutzim on our way to exploring the Golan Heights on Monday.

First we stopped at Kibbutz Ein Shemer about mid-way between Tel Aviv and Haifa, not far form the large Israeli Arab town of Umm Al-Fahm.

Founded in 1927, Ein Shemer is a fairly typical Kibbutz,...

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And then there were none (of the pre-Oslo Arab killers of Israelis left in prison)

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 6:30pm 7/27/2013 at 6:30pm

Another in my ongoing posts from Israel:

Today was a rest day, with the only real activity some time at the beach in front of our hotel in Tel Aviv.

The Mediterranean Sea was warm, and the waves and undertow strong.  It was great to ride the waves, but one man drowned just...

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To Samaria and back

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 26, 2013 at 8:00pm 7/26/2013 at 8:00pm

Another in my ongoing posts from Israel:

Today we reunited with a family I was close to while a student in Moscow in 1980, and had not seen since 1984 in Moscow.  It was great, and very satisfying.  The parents, now in their early 80’s, have a life story about which history books should...

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A stone’s throw away from trouble in Jerusalem

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 8:00pm 7/25/2013 at 8:00pm

Another in my ongoing posts from Israel:

Today I toured areas of the Western Wall in Jerusalem I had not previously seen.

First, the part of the wall to the right of the Kotel (live webcam here) beyond the Mugrabi Bridge, where there are fallen stones from the Roman destruction of the...

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What explains Americans’ strong support for Israel?

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 8:00pm 7/24/2013 at 8:00pm

Jet lag finally caught up with us. Three days of running on adrenaline stopped cold.

But the day was not lost.

I had a chance to spend some time with reader Israel Pickholtz, better known as Jerusalem Genealogist. I didn’t recognize him without his beard.

Later, we visited the cemetery on Mount Herzl, where...

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Trying to explain the Tea Party in Israel

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 6:30pm 7/23/2013 at 6:30pm

Another in my ongoing posts from Israel:

We previously covered the failed Palestinian attempt to get a French court to stop the Jerusalem light rail project which was being constructed in part by French contractors.  It’s a part of the continuing lawfare against Israel.

Commenter Vince suggested that I check out the light rail...

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This Night In Jerusalem

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 22, 2013 at 6:30pm 7/22/2013 at 6:30pm

Today, I had the great pleasure to meet three of the Israeli bloggers we link to and write about, on my road to Jerusalem.

We took the ride from Tel Aviv to Petah Tikva, one of the earliest Jewish towns, where we met <...

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Good morning, Tel Aviv

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 12:30pm 7/21/2013 at 12:30pm

We landed late on Saturday in a very uneventful overnight trip non-stop from JFK.

The first day or two are going to be time adjustment days, since Israel is 7 hours ahead now.

We walked around Tel Aviv from the central area (near the Hadima Theater) where we are staying past the Carmel...

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Leavin’ on a jet plane

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 19, 2013 at 9:30am 7/19/2013 at 9:30am

Off to Israel late tonight.

My itinerary is something along the lines of Tel Aviv-Jerusalem-Tiberias-Golan Heights/TheNorth.

I’m scheduled to meet some really interesting people, so there likely will be some posts from me while I’m away.  (In addition to some prescheduled posts, and well, I do have a 10 hour flight on which...

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