Expensive Toys

What’s the F-uss with F-35?

It’s time to weigh in about the F-35 next-gen fighter that may or may not be sold to the United Arab Emirates. That may or may not be sold to Qatar. That may or may not be sold to Turkey.

Here are some random thoughts.

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YES, IT IS A BIG DEAL

star-Peace-FlagsNot shooting is not the same as peace

The Internet is full of comments claiming Israeli agreements between Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Sudan mean nothing because they were already at peace. Is there any explanation other than Trump Derangement Syndrome to explain the blindness?

Had former POTUS Barak Obama succeeded in brokering even one of these agreement, not to mention Serbia–Kosovo because that is outside the scope of this blog, his supporters would be demanding a second Nobel Prize.

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Carry On Cleopatra

What’s all the fuss about Gal Gadot?

Dozens of beautiful women have played the role of Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt on film, television and virtually every other media. As a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, she was a descendant of its founder Ptolemy I Soter, a Macedonian Greek general and companion of Alexander the Great.

Yes, Cleo was a Greek; not an Arab and not even an Egyptian. Hardly surprising given that she died in 30 BCE, almost 700 years before the Arabs conquered the Roman colony and imposed their language and religion. Continue reading

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Rosh Hashana 5781

Five Minutes for Israel wishes all Israel a sweet, peaceful and, above all, healthy New Year

Reflections on a very unusual Rosh Hashana

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Letter Campaign to Twitter

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Twitter Must Cancel “Hateful Imagery” Classification of Star of David

Please send a letter to Twitter management demanding they reverse their decision and stop classifying the Star of David as “Hateful Imagery”.

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Maybe the police learnt from the Palestinians?

Palestinians with their knee on neck

For at least five years , the Palestinian media have used this photo as a generic image to illustrate the story of a person arrested by the Palestinian police.

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George Floyd – an apt metaphor for the Palestinian cause

So much for Palestinians to identify with

Floyd was a career violent crim with convictions from armed robbery to drug possession ( a home invasion that involved pointing a gun at a pregnant woman which resulted in five-year prison sentence).  Not too smart, he was identified for the robbery because the gang used one of their own cars and the police tracked his license plate. Continue reading

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Falafel Wars

The Palestinians are upset about snack food

Perhaps Israel should just take their Nobel Prizes and go home to cry because we didn’t invent falafel?

We just mechanised production first; were the first to market it to Europe and America and adapted it for local conditions as street food.

The Palestinians certainly didn’t invent it either. Continue reading

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Where’s Wally?

Fixed ~ ain’t memes grand?

Iranian Poster meme

If you have other memes please forward them to me in the comments and 5MFI will upload them.

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ICC Blues responses

Legal issues

The response to this post has been far more immediate than usual ~ something I am profoundly grateful for.

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