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ISRAELSTREET endorses NAFTALI BENNETT for Prime Minister
Head of “HaBayit HaYehudi” (The Jewish Home) political party
“We can’t have peace with the Palestinians. Enough. How long can we talk about this? We can only reach coexistence . . .”
UPDATES 6 pm Israel time Sunday:
Unsurprisingly, there has not been one sentence, one word, or one syllable in the Israeli media about the missile fire from Gaza yesterday at southern Israel. Each time the cycle of missile fire begins again, the media goes through a period of non-reportage–and it is only when three to four rockets start hitting southern Israeli towns per day that some coverage of the missile fire takes place. The situation is completely pathetic.
It has been another violent day in Judea and Samaria with one Palestinian shot and killed while trying to breach the security fence near the Meitar Crossing south of Mt. Hebron. The last hour has seen “rock” attacks in various locations such as Efrat and Talmon.
The IDF and police finally got around to evacuating the E1 illegal outpost established by the Palestinians and internationalists on Friday. Afterwards, PM Netanyahu blustered that the entire event only reinforces Israel’s determination to build in E1. If that were really true, perhaps Netanyahu’s office would approve the plans that it has been sitting on for the last two weeks.
Your humble servant considered whether to write about the news today that the European Union is preparing to force a peace plan down Israel’s throat in March, but then thought he would save that until tomorrow and instead focus on belly dancing.
Believe it or not, the world’s largest belly dancing festival is taking place next week in Israel. Nearly one thousand dancers from all over the world are converging on the Club Hotel in Eilat to not only demonstrate their techniques but also to learn from some of the best belly dancing teachers in the world.
And where are some of those belly dancing teachers from? Obviously from the place that we associate with belly dancing–the Arab countries such as Egypt and Jordan. Not to be left out, even Turkey is sending a delegation of belly dancers to Eilat.
But why would they come to Israel? As it turns out, one of the leading belly dancers in the world is Israeli Orit Maftsir, the founder and producer of the Eilat festival (click here for her website). Maftzir’s videos are shown around the clock on Egyptian television and many other Arab television stations around the region.
A testimonial from an admirer on her website describes Orit this way:
“Orit is one of my favorite performers, one of those rare dancers that combines both delicate femininity and fierce strength. She succeeds in being both classic and modern at the same time. I believe her to be one of the great dancers of our generation.”
If you want to learn more about the festival click here.
Maybe belly dancing in the solution to the problems of the Middle East. If we can just get enough people shaking their hips at the same time, all of the other problems might disappear.
Certainly, Israel seems to have no greater ambassador for peace at the moment than Orit Maftsir.
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