“When I want Something I Get It:” Benjamin Netanyahu

The idiom “a picture is worth a thousand words” was reversed yesterday at the Israeli Knesset, and a brief (six words) sentence in Hebrew “when I want something I get it”  became stronger than thousands photo opportunities.

Our prime minister spoke yesterday, for the first time, like a true leader, with conviction and passion. I was almost proud of him.

But unfortunately Benjamin Netanyahu’s desires are not about ending world hunger or bringing peace to our region.

If, as he himself admits, our leader is relentless, even unstoppable,when he wants something,  my only conclusion is. .

Please keep reading in the Times Of Israel


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A Gentle Voice, A Warm Smile and a Face of Hope











What a great way to end the year.
Something about visiting Cambodia stirred me.
The temples turned out to be something more than just sightseeing.
I can’t explain it but I can certainly feel the impact on me.

There’s an energy that stimulates you and awakens you.
It is evident when you talk to the people.
Especially with the children, they can’t afford to go to school yet they glow.
Like a glow of hope that meeting you will make their day.

The vendors are anything but annoying.
They exude pride in trying to earn their keep.
I notice this with the women in the market.
They are kind people.

 A woman said to me, “you know when you buy something from me you keep me busy and my baby is happy.”
Her baby was in the floor playing while she patiently handed me things I wanted to buy.
As I left, she thanked me profusely and wished me a Happy New Year.
I could feel her energy of gratitude.
As a tourist, I felt welcome and not harassed.
I felt genuine friendliness from the locals. 

 In other countries being a tourist can be stressful.
The locals hound you and sometimes they fool you.
They force you to buy things.
I end up walking on guard.

Not in Cambodia.
The tour guide proudly said there is no crime here.
“It is safe for you to walk around at night.”
He was one of the friendliest and warmest tour guides I’ve ever encountered!

How fortunate the people are to be so close to nature’s beauty.
How fortunate they are to benefit positively from the energy of the temples and trees.
The young boys and girls are like angels playing on the grounds.
The tour guide handed a local bill equivalent to 1USD to a little girl.

He said it was good for two days of studying.
He said that he knows what its like to not be able to go to school because as a child he had the same experience too. 

Visiting temples for two days changed me.
I came home with inner calm.
Like I had gone on a retreat that made me feel well.
I couldn’t ask for a better way to end my year and begin a new one.

I was surrounded with gentle voices, warm smiles and faces of hope.
I never expected this but most certainly welcome the discovery.

Something tells me I will return to Cambodia sooner than later.


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Rosy Cole
Beautiful post, Rina. Glad you had a wonderful, inspiring time and have come back recharged. What we have lost in the West as we c... Read More
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Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures: Women Wage Peace

It was just beautiful, earlier this month hundreds of Australian protesters literally buried their head in the sand in Bondi Beach, in a demonstration over climate change inaction. The purpose of this dramatic protest was to send a message to the prime minister and the G20 leaders ahead of the 2014 summit in Brisbane.

It is unclear whether such a demonstration will bring about the needed changes, but I cannot think of a better way to illustrate blindness and to protest against stupidity.

 A similar symbolic act was chosen to mark the launching of a new Israeli movement Women Wage Peace. Last Tuesday more than 1000 women boarded  “a train for peace” from Tel Aviv to Sderot to protest against the irresponsibility of Israeli leaders whose “leadership train” has derailed and it is speedily heading for destruction of all passengers --Jews and Arabs alike.

Please keep reading in the Times Of Israel  



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Think Lysistrata. I had a wonderful dog once who I named that. There was something noble about her.
Sunday, 30 November 2014 21:49
Orna Raz
Thank you dear Charlie, it is so appropriate:-)
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Traveling For Peace: Jewish and Arab Women

Today (Tuesday November 25th)  around  noon several hundred women will board a train from Tel Aviv to Sapir College in Sderot,  to mark the launching of “Women Wage Peace.”

Last July, after taking part in a demonstration in Tira, I wrote an essay titled “Jewish and Arab Women Refuse To Be Enemies,” in which I asked  to let women have their say.

Here is the essay, and good luck to the women who are “travelling for peace:”

The announcement on Facebook read: “Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies,” and next to it a call for a demonstration in the Arab Israeli town of Tira. I knew right away that I wanted to go.

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