On the other hand

March 7, 2021 by  

The countdown to Election Day followed by Pesach (Passover) has begun. Read more

After the party is over

March 5, 2021 by  

The face masks have been taken off, the fancy dress costumes have been stored away and once again we are back to the real world. Read more

On the other hand

February 28, 2021 by  

We have reached an anniversary we would rather not have had to remember. Read more

Time to sober up

February 26, 2021 by  

On Shabbat Zachor we reminded ourselves again about the agenda of the Biblical Amalekites and on Purim we celebrate our escape from Persian genocidal catastrophe. Read more

On the other hand

February 21, 2021 by  

Every few years those of us living in higher elevations such as Gush Etzion, Jerusalem, upper Galilee and the Golan experience snow storms which bring life to a grinding halt. Read more

They are off and running

February 19, 2021 by  

As every Australian and New Zealander knows the second Tuesday in November without fail is the date for the running of one of the most famous horse races, the Melbourne Cup. Read more

On the other hand

February 14, 2021 by  

Amidst all the doom and gloom over the coronavirus mutations and its implications for the future, there have been two other very positive and important medical advances. Read more

Happy days are here again

February 12, 2021 by  

Echoing loudly and joyfully from Tehran, Gaza, Ramallah, Yemen and North Korea as well as the corridors of the UN, UNHRC, UNRWA and the ICC is the rousing song made famous in the 1930’s. Read more

On the other hand

February 7, 2021 by  

Will it or won’t it? Read more

Alternative universe

February 5, 2021 by  

“We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusions. The great task in life is to find reality.” Read more

On the other hand

January 31, 2021 by  

As we celebrate Tu B’Shevat, Israel has the unique distinction of planting more trees than any other country in the world. Read more

Rhetoric versus deeds

January 29, 2021 by  

Those of us who have been “around the block” quite a few times know that words and speeches can have potent and deadly side effects. Read more

On the other hand

January 24, 2021 by  

Finally, after more than seven years of development and commercial production, Israel’s sovereign wealth fund is starting to reap the benefits. Read more

Resurrection time has arrived

January 22, 2021 by  

I never thought that this would ever happen in our lifetime but miraculously it is unfolding before our very eyes. Read more

On the other hand

January 17, 2021 by  

It is ironic that as Israel’s innovations, medical research and discoveries gather pace and benefit humanity the denigrators and boycotters become more agitated. Read more

Inoculate, insinuate, intimidate and inaugurate

January 15, 2021 by  

The week leading up to 20 January 2021 is proving to be chock full of action on many fronts. Read more

On the other hand

January 10, 2021 by  

Some 20,000 Olim (new immigrants) arrived in Israel during 2020. Read more

Deliberately misplaced priorities

January 8, 2021 by  

What never ceases to amaze is the amount of times the international community can shut its eyes and close its ears to never ending confidence tricks. Read more

On the other hand

January 3, 2021 by  

The best good news of the week has been the long-awaited arrival in Israel of Jonathan and Esther Pollard. Read more

Political pandemic

January 1, 2021 by  

As though corona was not enough of a challenge, Israel is now faced with a pandemic of another kind. Read more

On the other hand

December 27, 2020 by  

It’s official – we are now hurtling towards elections on 23 March 2021. Read more

Appalling apathy and deliberate denial

December 25, 2020 by  

Albert Einstein, who knew a thing or two about human nature and behaviour, summed it up perfectly. Read more

On the other hand

December 20, 2020 by  

Elections are on the immediate horizon. Is this bad news or good news? Read more

Smoke and mirrors

December 18, 2020 by  

Just when you think that events can sink no lower or become more absurd, reality kicks in to prove that indeed there are still more depths to be plumbed. Read more

On the other hand

December 13, 2020 by  

This week it was announced that Israel will be returning to the moon. Read more

Side effects known and unknown

December 11, 2020 by  

“No action is without its side effects.”

This quote by the late Barry Commoner, an American cellular biologist, university professor and politician, succinctly sums up the situation we find ourselves in these days. Read more

On the other hand

December 6, 2020 by  

It has been a great week for Israeli sportsmen and sportswomen. Read more

Dubious diplomacy

December 4, 2020 by  

Is it better to rely on diplomatic negotiations or instead to take direct action which promises a far more promising outcome? Is a judicious combination of both more guaranteed to provide success? Read more

On the other hand

November 29, 2020 by  

Amidst all the hoopla over potential covid vaccines, another medical leap forward by Israeli researchers has been announced. Read more


November 27, 2020 by  

Yiddish is a most expressive language which often defies perfect translation into English as well as conveying its emotional intent. Read more

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