I am back! 11 October 2011

BREAKING NEWS!! IDF confirms: Gilad Schalit is now on Israeli soil


A week or two before Rosh Hashanah, the woman who was helping us disappeared. Joel and I became the primary everythings in the house, and I had precious little time for anything else. We now have someone full time and life is getting back to normal, more or lessI don't know smile. I wish to sincerely thank all of you who missed me and inquired as to our health (both Ricki’s and mine). B”H we are both well. And, in the interim, I became 70Birthday cake and am starting to feel … 60ishSmile with tongue out. I will start trying to catch up today with a plethora of Dry Bones, cartoons, videos and jokes and by the time the Chag is finally over (Friday for us living here in Eretz Yisrael and Sunday for those of you who not yet living here) I hope to be caught upSurprised smile.


Turkey Unmasked

Turkey,  Gaza,  Flotilla,  Islamists, Israel, Kurds, Armenia, Disney, pinocchio : Dry Bones cartoon.
About Turkish occupation of Armenian lands there’s this current news item:

Armenians Press For Court Ruling Against Turkey in US

September 11, 2011

“US Armenians, pressing for a court decision against Turkey for violating the property rights of Ottoman Armenians during World War I, have complained that the Turkish government has ignored a lawsuit brought against Turkey in a Los Angeles court.

Plaintiffs argue that Turkey seized land belonging to their relatives when its owners fled Anatolia during what Armenians call a genocide campaign. The land in the southern province of Adana, which is now occupied by the İncirlik Air Base used by the US military, was then sold without the permission of the Armenian owners, according to the lawyers of the plaintiffs. The complaints target Turkey and two Turkish banks, the Central Bank of Turkey and Ziraat Bank.

Turkey had 60 day to answer the complaint, which expired on Aug. 19, 2011, but it has so far refused to answer. Lawyers for the plaintiffs announced that on Sept. 6 the Turkish government is in default for ignoring the lawsuit.

The default notice was entered on Sept. 1, 2011.” -more

And the recent news about Turkey’s disproportionate bombing response to Kurdish Freedom Fighters as reported by the BBC:

Turkey reports heavy PKK losses after week of bombing
Aug 23, 2011

“The Turkish army says it has killed up to 100 Kurdish rebels in a week of air and artillery strikes on suspected PKK bases in northern Iraq.

A statement on the army website said that, according to its estimates, between 90 and 100 were killed and more than 80 wounded.

The PKK has confirmed three deaths, while local reports say a family of seven were killed by the bombing.

Turkey began the strikes after deadly PKK attacks on its soldiers.”-more

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

Harsh Truth (1977)

December 1, 1977
(1977) Dry Bones cartoon: Israel. 1977, Peace,  Middle East,  war.
Today’s cartoon is from 1977 and the harsh truth that shocked me thirty-four long years ago is still true.

In spite of the basic premise of American foreign policy, most of our neighbors don’t want Peace with the Jewish State . . . and most U.S. policy makers still don’t seem to get it.

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

Manufacturing Jobs in America

America, U.S.A., Economy, economic crisis, Recession, Depression, Elections, 2012 : Dry Bones cartoon.
The first thought I had while listening to some recent American campaign speeches was “The American manufacturing know-how that built the mighty industrialized Capitalist American powerhouse was trumped by out-sourcing its manufacturing, so now they want to manufacture something new . . . jobs!!”

My second thought was “Hey, that would make a good cartoon!”

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

Egyptian Peace (1974)

Published in 1974
(1977) Dry Bones cartoon: Egypt, Riots, Cairo, Peace Agreement, Peace, Israel, flag burning, anti-Israel, Suez Canal.
Today’s cartoon is from 1974.
Dry Bones was only one year old and Israel had a “Peace Treaty” with Egypt!!

The goal was to have cultural relations, sporting events, trade relations, and more. Sure the public was still infected with a degree of anti-Israeli hatred …but we’d show understanding, and with the help of the Egyptian government, in time, the Arabs of Egypt would come to appreciate their cousins next door; the Israelites of the land of Israel.

So we waited patiently, and with understanding, for thirtyseven years while the Egyptian government blocked normalization. Egyptian tourists were barred from visiting us, antisemitism was allowed to flourish, cultural exchanges never happened and the Egyptian government rode the tiger of a population that they could control but would not educate.

And now their “Israel-loving” President, his sons, and other senior regime figures are on trial for their lives and the population seethes with Islamist-sponsored hatred and cheers, once again, the burning of Israel’s flag in Cairo.

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

Latest News

economic crisis, Economy, U.S.A., Recession, Media,  Economy,  Double Dip, Economy, Turkey, Palestinians, Palestine, Turkey, Euro,   : Dry Bones cartoon.
I didn’t know what subject to deal with today.

Reading the newspapers at my local cafe revealed the current possibilities; the “double dip” recession, Islamist Turkey, the Palestinians, Palestine at the UN, Bibi standing isolated speaking to the world at the UN, the Eurozone crisis, starvation in Africa, the lynch attempt at the embassy in Cairo, etc. etc. etc.

While going over the topics I absent-mindedly doodled a picture of Mr. Shuldig reacting to the news. I looked at what I had done and laughed.

I traced it for today’s cartoon.

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

UN Resolution (1991)

September 27, 1991
(1991) Dry Bones cartoon: 1975, U.N, United Nations, Zionism, Racism, 1991
On November 10, 1975, the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution declaring Zionism to be racism. Sixteen years later, in September 1991, because of American pressure, the resolution was repealed.

Today’s cartoon is from that September in 1991.
20 years ago this month.

According to the New York Times:

U.N. Repeals Its ’75 Resolution Equating Zionism With Racism

“The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly today to revoke the bitterly contested statement it approved in 1975 that said “Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination.

The official count found 111 nations in favor of repealing the statement and 25 nations, mostly Islamic and hard-line Communists, voting against. Thirteen nations abstained. Seventeen other countries, including Egypt, which recognizes Israel, and Kuwait and China, did not take part in the voting.

For the United States, the heavy vote in favor of repeal was a demonstration of its diplomatic power. After President Bush called for the repeal in September in a speech to the General Assembly, United States embassies around the world were instructed to put maximum pressure to secure the repeal. ” -more

And now we’ve sent our Prime Minister to that same UN, to stand alone and, on our behalf, to speak to the governments of the world.

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

Simple Truth

Israel,  Arabs, U.N, anti-Israel, anti-Zionism, Islamists, Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Iran, Gaza, Shuldig, Jewish /state.   : Dry Bones cartoon.
I like to do cartoons about specific events or news items. Our Prime Minister will be speaking at the UN today. I suppose he’ll try to tell the world the truth as he sees it.

“So” I thought, “I’ll do the same.”

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

Wye (1998)

November 27, 1998
(1998) Dry Bones cartoon: Wye, Negotiations, Peace, Palestinians, Israel, 1998
Today’s Golden Oldie is from 1998.

The Wye Agreements:

“The Wye talks opened on October 14, 1998 and after 9 days of tough negotiations regarding the extent of the next stage of Israeli withdrawal, the Wye River Memorandum was signed. Israel would relinquish 13 percent of the land of which 10 percent would be turned over to Palestinian control and the rest would be turned into nature reserves. In return, Arafat agreed to take measures to prevent acts of terrorism against Israel, to apprehend individuals suspected of perpetrating acts of violence and terror, and to punish all persons involved in acts of violence and terror. It was also agreed at Wye that the Palestinians would collect all illegal weapons from the Palestinians and that the Palestinian police would be reduced from 36,000 to 30,000 men.”


The Betrayal of Jonathan Pollard at Wye:

“Both before and again during the Wye summit negotiations in the fall of 1998, President Clinton promised to release Jonathan Pollard. Pollard was the deal-maker at Wye which enabled the accords to be completed.

At the last minute, with the eyes of the world focused on the Wye Accords signing ceremony which was about to take place in Washington, Clinton reneged on Pollard’s release,” -more

* * *

It’s now thirteen years after Wye.
Your thoughts?

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

Credit Ratings

economic crisis, Economy, Italy, Recession, Euro,    : Dry Bones cartoon.
the story:

Sept. 21 (Bloomberg)
“. . . Italy’s rating was lowered yesterday by one level on concern that weakening economic growth and a “fragile” government mean the nation will struggle to reduce the euro- region’s second-largest debt burden. Italy was lowered to A from A+ with a negative outlook four months after the company warned of the risk of a downgrade. S&P today cut the creditworthiness of state-owned lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti. . . Italy follows Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Cyprus and Greece as euro-region countries whose credit rating have been cut this year” -more

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

Thumbs upPLO Blunder

America, Obama, Israel, Abbas, Shuldig, Politics, Campaign, presidential campaign, President, UN, United Nations, PLO, Palestine, Palestinians,   : Dry Bones cartoon.
There has been much discussion of the bid for UN recognition of a “Palestinian” State. I see it as a learning experience, as presented in today’s cartoon.

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

The Holidays

shana tova, Rosh HaShana, 5772, New Year, : Dry Bones cartoon.
Tomorrow evening is the start of Rosh HaShana 5772 and ushers in the fall holiday season. When I was a kid in Brooklyn we called it the High Holidays. No cartoons on Thursday or Friday. Next Dry Bones on Monday.

Shana Tova!
Happy Jewish New Year
to us all!

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

Obama, Pollard, the Jews, and Joe Biden

Obama, Pollard, Joe Biden, Pardon, Rabbis, American Jews, presidential campaign, Presidency, : Dry Bones cartoon.
The Story, breaking as I write this:

Biden: Pollard pardon over my dead body
“The NYT reported Saturday that in a recent meeting between Biden and 15 rabbis in Florida – meant to bolster the Jewish community’s support of the presidential campaign – the vice president was asked about the Obama administration’s reluctance to release Pollard, who was imprisoned in 1986, after he was convicted of spying for Israel.

“President Obama was considering clemency, but I told him, ‘Over my dead body are we going to let him out before his time,'” Biden reportedly told the group. “If it were up to me, he would stay in jail for life.” (Ynet)

And more details here:

Biden prevented Pollard clemency, NYT reports
October 2, 2011
(JTA) — “President Obama was considering clemency for convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard until Vice President Joseph Biden prevented it, the New York Times reported.

“President Obama was considering clemency, but I told him, ‘Over my dead body are we going to let him out before his time,’ ” Biden said during a meeting with rabbis in Boca Raton, Fla., according to the newspaper. “If it were up to me, he would stay in jail for life,” he reportedly added.

Pollard was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 for spying for Israel. He is scheduled for mandatory parole in November 2015. In recent months, Obama has received a flood of appeals from Congress members and former government officials to grant Pollard clemency.

Pollard recently successfully underwent kidney-related surgery.

Obama is relying on Biden for help in his reelection campaign with American-Jewish voters, the New York Times article said.” -more

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

Germany in the Eurozone

Germany,  Spain, Europe, Euro, Eurozone, Greece, Economy, economic crisis,  : Dry Bones cartoon.
If Germany left the Eurozone, then Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the others would be in balance, the Euro would fall to its real value and the German Mark would be re-established as a stronger currency alongside the British Pound.

Or is there something that I don’t understand?

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

Yom Kippur (2004)

Yom Kippur, Fasting, Holidays, Jewish Culture, Shuldig,
August 23, 2004
(2004) Dry Bones cartoon: Yom Kippur, Fasting, Holidays, Jewish Culture, Shuldig,
Today’s Golden Oldie was published in 2004 …but it was a rerun …one of the very few cartoons that I repeated a cartoon. So 2004 was the second time that I ran the cartoon. That was before I had the blog, which, for me, defines it as a “golden oldie”. So here’s one of my favorite cartoons! Again!

Tomorrow is Erev Yom Kippur. Have an Easy Fast! Next cartoon on Monday.

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


CERN, Einstein, neutrino, Science, Israel,   : Dry Bones cartoon.
You probably blinked and missed two news items recently out of CERN.

The first item was that physicists at CERN had reported that they had observed neutrinos moving faster than the speed of light!! CERN is the European Laboratory for Particle Physics in Geneva, Switzerland and the speed of light is the fastest that anything can move, according to Einstein’s theories.

That first CERN news item was discussed in a piece in the Chicago Tribune headlined “Was Einstein wrong?”

“…a cornerstone of Einsteinian theory is that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, about 186,000 miles a second.

If that is wrong, and something can outstrip light speed, then 100-plus years of physics — everything from the subatomic to theories of how the universe evolved — suddenly is up for revision. The universe doesn’t work the way we thought it did. We don’t really know what we thought we knew.

“It would be amazing, everyone would be jumping up and down like crazy,” Cal Tech theoretical physicist Sean Carroll told us. “It would certainly be the most surprising discovery in the last 100 years.” -more

* * *

The second CERN news item that week was the news that the CERN project had officially made Israel the fifth associate member of the project, joining the United States, Russia, India, and Japan. According to the Jerusalem Post:

“Israel last week officially became a formal associate member of the Center of European Nuclear Research (CERN) particle accelerator project, lending the country significant prestige in the global academic and research community…

…Israel was named one of five countries recognized unanimously as “being worthy” of joining the project. CERN has even ordered parts from Israeli industry and sent experts to visit on a regular basis. It took two years for the final invitation to be received. Israel’s high level of theoretical and practical know-how – much greater than Israel’s proportionate size – was greatly appreciated at CERN and is responsible for Israel’s path toward recognition as a official member…” -more

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

Sukkot (2004)

Sukkot, Holidays, Jewish Culture, tabernacles
September 20, 2004
(2004) Dry Bones cartoon: Yom Kippur, Fasting, Holidays, Jewish Culture, Shuldig,
Today’s Golden Oldie was published in 2004 …but it was a rerun …another one of the very few cartoons that I repeated a cartoon. So 2004 was the second time that I ran the cartoon, but I just can’t find the original. 2004 was before I had the blog, which, for me, defines it as a “golden oldie”. So here’s one of my favorite cartoons! Again!

Tomorrow is Erev Sukkot, the eve of this week-long holiday. To browse my previous postings about Sukkot just click on the word Sukkot.

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

Sukkot 5772

Sukkot, Holiday, Sukkah, Shuldig, Doobie, 5772,  Jewish Culture,    : Dry Bones cartoon.

Hag Sameah!

Happy Holiday
to us all!!

(Next Cartoon on Monday October 17).

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

the China Israel Connection

China, Israel, Asia, Civilization, : Dry Bones cartoon.

The modern State of Israel and the modern state of China were created within 15 months of each other in the 1948-49 period. But both Chinese and Israelite history go back through thousands of years before 1948-49, each in our own homeland.

The first-ever Israel Studies Program in the history of Chinese universities is about to celebrate the inauguration of its first Academic year. The program was created and established by SIGNAL (Sino-Israel Global Network & Academic Leadership) at the International Relations School at Sichuan International Studies University(SISU) in association with the Center for Jewish & Chinese Studies (CJCS) based at SISU.

I’m proud to have been asked by SIGNAL to be the keynote speaker at the inaugural event at SISU. I am also pleased that SIGNAL has invited me to lecture at universities and think tanks across China throughout the second half of October. If all goes right, as you read this, I’ll be heading east to Shanghai, Beijing, Henan and Chongqing.

I expect to be back in Israel on Nov. 1st.

* * *

I left some cartoons to automatically post while I’m away. Enjoy

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

You gotta love the white socks:)


Israel Wants Peace – Friend Request Pending

Another example of how biased teaching in our schools and in the media is
skewing objectivity and personal decision-making skills in individuals
today. They believe everything they see on TV or read on the internet is
the gospel.

The Green Thing
In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should
bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the
The woman apologized to him and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing
back in my day.”
The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not
care enough to save our environment.”
He was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the
store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized
and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they
really were recycled.
But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store
and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into
a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But he was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the
throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling
machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry the
clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters,
not always brand-new clothing. But that clerk was right; we didn’t have
the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every
room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember
them?), not a screen the
size of the state of Montana .
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have
electric machines to do everything for us.
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up
old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the
lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by
working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that
operate on electricity.
But he’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a
plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.
We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we
replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole
razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn’t have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to
school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi
We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to
power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to
receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order
to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks
were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in
conservation from a smartass young person.


President at the Bat? Viewers may better understand this clip if you knew the original poem upon which this is based – “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Thayer – often considered one of baseball’s greatest writings

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