Commemorating the Yom Kippur War – Yom Kippur 1973

Yom Kippur - the Jewish Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, is most commonly associated with the image of a white clad rabbi swaying to and fro in prayer; the parched, dry aftertaste of fasting; and the sound of the cantor’s voice reciting a litany of sins and asking god to “… pardon us, forgive us, grant us remission”.  For me, Yom Kippur will always be associated with the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and the voice of the cantor always mingles in my mind with the sharp, keening, wail of a siren.

I grew up in the heart of Tel-Aviv – the City that Never Stops. Only it does stop:  Once a year, Tel-Aviv, like the rest of Israel, shuts down its open markets, the cafes and restaurants, and all the traffic, to stand still before God on the Day of Judgment. Continue reading

Syria Regrets Shooting Down Turkish Plane – Israel used as an excuse

President Bashar al-Assad Agence France-Presse – Getty Images

Syria’s president,  Bashar al-Assad, regrets shooting down  the Turkish warplane a few days ago. According to the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet he said on Tuesday, 

I say 100 percent, I wish we did not shoot it down.

And how does he excuses his actions?

The plane used the corridor used by the Israeli planes three times in the past, We learned it was Turkish after we shot it down.

It seems like whenever an Arab leader is seeking to gain sympathy in the Arab world and the Muslim world at large he brings Israel into the picture. In the first gulf war when Saddam Hussein found himself isolated, he bombed Israel hoping to elicit counter attack and get Arab support. It didn’t work because Israel didn’t react but instead tolerated the wreck of homes, the disruption of life, and the casualties. Now Assad is experiencing trouble with turkey and again he uses Israel as an excuse.

Let’s hope it stops here, with words