Thursday, October 25, 2007

rabin - 12 years later

Yesterday was the 12 year anniversary of the death of Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin. I remember very clearly when I heard about it. I was in the US at my parents house. Shabbos had just ended and we were cleaning up. The phone rang, it was a friend of mine from NY (actually he is from Indianapolis, but he was living in NY). He asked me if I saw the news and I said no. He then told me that Rabin had been killed. He was very depressed about it because it meant Shimon Peres was the prime minister and that could only mean downhill for the political process. My thoughts at the time ran the gamut from "what horrible news" to "can it get worse then Oslo." I had heard the calls that the prime minister must be killed to save Jews from the horrible Oslo process. I don't know who had thought that it would actually make a difference. The political system is not run by a single man. Though in Israel everyone seems to think that it is. A national decision by Rabin, Peres or Sharon is not made on a personal whim, but only after polls, meetings, discussions etc...

Of course the other side of the coin is "Wag The Dog," which indicates that politicians in power will abuse their power without keeping the nation in mind in order to solve personal problems. But does anybody really believe that Clinton bombed a Sudanese pharmaceutical plant to change the public's focus?

I was written up in Globes. They did an article about American olim in hi-tech. It's in Hebrew, so it isn't readable by all of you. Let me know if you want to see the article, I have a PDF copy.

We're heading down to jlem for the weekend. Mom is here getting ready for the big wedding and the sister has a shaitel party (in nice language) on Saturday night that my wife wants to go to.

I still haven't tried the GlobeTask free trial, but it is getting rave reviews from 2 friends who have tried it. I just have to figure out if it is worth the money to have someone else handle the minor stuff and only focus on what needs me. The idea of a virtual assistant is very tempting.


Rafi G. said...

can you send me the pdf?

Anonymous said...

What's so solemn about Shabak killing the murderer of the Altalena? Here is a balanced view