24 February 2011

Africa (1983)

African States reestablish diplomatic relations with Israel, Apartheid, Gaddafi

Today’s Golden Oldie is from 1983.

Back then, Apartheid still held South Africa in its grip while the mad tyrant Gaddafi ruled in Libya to the north. As of this writing Gaddafi (crazier than ever) is still clinging to power in Libya.

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Background to the cartoon:
In 1973 Israel was hit by a successful Egyptian surprise attack. We call it the “Yom Kippur War”. They call it the “October War”. Israel recovered, turned the tide, and pushed invading Egyptian troops back. The Arab States, displeased by Israel’s survival pressured African States to cut ties with the Jewish State.

According to Mongabay.com:

“after the October 1973 War twenty-nine African states severed diplomatic relations with Israel. Malawi, Lesotho, and Swaziland were the only sub-Saharan countries to maintain diplomatic relations with Israel.

The African “embargo” of Israel began to collapse after the 1978 Camp David Accords and the establishment of diplomatic relations between Egypt and Israel. Following Zaire’s lead in 1982, Liberia (1983), the Cote d’Ivoire (1986), Cameroon (1986), and Togo (1987) renewed diplomatic ties with Israel” -more

-Dry Bones- Israel’s Political Comic Strip Since 1973

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Hosni Mubarak was a key U.S. ally who upheld the Arab world’s first peace treaty with Israel. By letting his regime fall, Barack Obama has threatened the survival of the Jewish state.

With recent events in the larger Middle East—the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Iran—this seemed like an opportune time to reconsider Israel’s place in the region. This week I argue that Israel is in big trouble—indeed that it is in danger of being swallowed up by its neighbors. Next week I’ll make the opposite case: that Israel’s power and influence in the Middle East will only grow. More

One Day Soon?

When you have 5 1/2 minutes, take a look at what the future might hold, this is awesome. The technology is here now but whether or not we have the money in this country to develop it remains to be seen. No speaking, just music, watch and be amazed…


Mazal Tov! No Longer Alone…


Michael and Ruth, both lone soldiers, met at the first Shabbat dinner hosted by the Lone Soldier Center at the Jerusalem Great 

Synagogue. Although being on separate bases provided obvious obstacles, Michael and Ruth kept the relationship strong through countless video chats and are looking forward to their wedding on  May


 Beersheba resident: Where’s the Arrow? בוקר ש אחרי נפילת טיל גראד ב באר שבע שכונת נווה לון רחוב הרב שלמה עדני (צילום: הרצל יוסף)Woman whose home was hit in Wednesday’s Grad attack says, ‘Israel would have reacted if rocket would hit Tel Aviv’ [ed. note How right she is!]


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