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Monday, October 15, 2007

Down The Rabbit Hole...Where's Alice?

The Jerusalem Post reported two interesting items of news today. The first was that Egypt, without apparently checking with the PA or Israel, released two wanted Hamas terrorists who were supposedly going to be used in a prisoner swap for Gilad Shalit. The terrorist, wanted by the PA for his role in murdering a member of the PA's security apparatus in Gaza, is also wanted by Israel for his role in a number of terror attacks.

The second item is that Egypt opened fire on a group of African (read: Black) refugees trying to escape the Sudan, Eritrea and the Ivory Coast for a more prosperous life in Israel. Granted, Israel has complained to Egypt in the past about allowing the 2,800+ Africans to sneak across the border in recent years (very few of them are from Darfur, contrary to the indignant cries of many in the US which has noticeably failed to take in many Darfurians itself)--but SHOOTING them?

Okay, got it -- African illegal immigrants seeking employment try to sneak into the Land of Milk, Honey and Social Benefits are SHOT but Arab terrorists who actually murder Jews and other Arabs are released back into Gaza to create more murder and mayhem.

And where's Alice? Well, Condi's motorcade stopped all traffic and passed 20 feet in front of me today, armed to the teeth and escorted by Shin Bet, the Jerusalem Police and many 4x4s from the American Embassy (the latter of which invariable carry strong young guys who could pose as Chippendales because of the cut of their muscles). Having conferenced with the Red Queen, she's apparently off to consult with the Cheshire Cat in Ramallah.

I, on the other hand, have tons of stuff to get done in this life as it is really lived here, so I skipped the tea party, went on to Modi'in, closed another chapter in our house sale, and have yet to put the check in the bank and pick up friends at the airport.....

Eid Mubarak, neighbors--let's hope against all odds that something good will come of all this. After all, this is a time of new beginnings for you and for us in our calendars. B'ezrat H"S, yihiye tov, yihiye shalom.


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