Me and Momma Cohen circa 1986, rocking a pose in front of ancient concrete ruins in Israel.
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Pretty sure the Two-State Solution as proposed a million times over the past 23 years since the Oslo Accords, is dead. It’s a bit silly to blame Israel for lack of success in peace talks, when the other side has a lot of very influential political and terrorist forces more interested in death, hate and destruction of Jews rather than any sort of economic or other prosperity for their own people. The cycle will continue, until as Golda Meir said, they learn to love their own children more than they hate us. Until then, nothing to be done. At least building is economically productive and doesn’t harm anyone … like, you know … shooting 4,500 rockets at Israeli civilians or using construction materials to build terror tunnels instead of homes and schools. Israel would gladly reallocate resources to education rather than be forced to spend it on the military that we need to defend ourselves. If Israel didn’t have a military, we’d all be attacked and killed instantaneously by our “neighbors.” Whereas unarmed Palestinian Arabs live pretty peacefully, until and unless some among them decide to start trying to kill Israeli civilians with whatever means they can garner.
Also, in theory, the building in Yehuda and Shomron should not be such a problem. If a two-state solution were to prevail, then two states with two mixed ethnic populations should be able to coexist side by side. Israel is home to all ethnic groups, religions, etc. and will continue to be. Whereas Palestinian Arab leadership states that any future Palestinian state would need to be free of all Jews. This is why “settlements” are seen as intrusions, instead of just considering that maybe these would be incorporated into a future diverse Palestinian Arab state. And Israel is racist? Don’t think so.
כב. אֶבֶן מָאֲסוּ הַבּוֹנִים הָיְתָה לְרֹאשׁ פִּנָּה:
22. The stone that the builders rejected became a cornerstone.
Cemented Stars of David. Found this plaster Star of David pattern in a palace in Spain. Where my ancestors come from on the side of my paternal grandfather, Mordechai Cohen, z”l. This picture always makes me feel oddly patriotic. Perhaps because it shows that my people have been all over the world, and expelled over and over again. Making me ever more appreciative that I am alive in a time in history where we have our own country, where we can live authentically as Jewish people and have the ability to protect ourselves against the eternal threat of anti-Semitism.
The largest concrete structure in the world is the Three Gorges Dam in China. Thought to be an engineering feat, supplying a huge amount of power, having employed tens of thousands of workers to complete the dozen year construction project … it was also quite controversial because it overran cultural land and destroyed natural habitat. Conflicting for me because I am working in the water industry, and so appreciate the need for infrastructure to facilitate safe, potable water to civilians, and also love novel (gigantic) uses of concrete … But it’s well known that dams are terrible for the environment, not only in their construction, but ongoing effects on local habitat, production of methane, ruination of natural hydrology. B’kitzur …