ONE THOUSAND YEARS OF YESTERDAYS-.
Imagine how postive would be to be able to capoture and file for an accesible access one thousnad yaers of wonderful yestrdays. All of this being accomplished under the wise guidance of God as He dicates our inner selves with such vital information.
The latest discoveries of some of my students and me have come to reinforce the exercise in obtaining reliable insights from some places, people and events from our past lives. The monitor from our computers plus some special instrumental music and adding some pleasant fragrances from first quality Indian incense have done wonders. Let’s always keep in mind that we as spiritual beings posses a total memory in our minds, so our brain which belongs to our human beings can get information from our total memory if we do it in a kind subtle way, suggesting never commanding to obtain this important data. We get easily lost in time and in space. The amazing results have helped us to get out from what seems to be a self-induced state of amnesia. We usually experience sharper and with more appropriate atmosphere sights and perceptions our emotional state awakens and becomes a very useful tool on this.
First it is highly recommended that for two whole weeks on a daily basis we get lost in two dozen different scenes, landscapes. It would be a wonderful action just to observe scenes in which no man-made constructions would be included at all. To observe doesn’t only mean to use our sight, but our other perception as well; for example our smelling sense, our listening skills, and our touching perception even our taste. So on the next two weeks, step by step let's add some little man-made constructions. By doing the above owe will succeed in making very reliable mental-emotional frameworks to work later on. For example; roads on which some fences made with stone would appear, next some stone bridges, the some far away castles, walls, temples, churches and houses. Another tip is always to realize the cardinal point on which we are heading, so from time to time we will turn around to face the opposite direction on which we are travelling. This simple action will help our brain to build a reliable framework regarding taking and following directions. We must allow the free manifestation of repressed emotions and forgotten very deep feelings.
Our next two weeks will be spent observing how people are dressed, staring to notice their sandals, boots, shoes etc, the pants, skirts, belts, blouses, shirts and hats. Were we on foot or on horsebacks even carriages? It will be very romantic to be able to recall admiring many fool moons in different settings.
Now, we can experiment the wonderful not polluted sunrises at different environments, for example at beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean and other times at beaches facing the Pacific Ocean, next we can imagine being standing up near an oasis, other times facing a wild river, afterwards facing a brook, a lake, a pool, yes an old pool.
Our next suggested action would be using a tree which seems to be standing alone in the wilderness , next we will sit down under the shade of this wonderful tree and start getting its vitalizing oxygen and just start enjoying our thinking by being grateful to the Divinity for these amazing harmonious moments.
I was not a fan of Yasir Arafat, because of the way he siphoned so much international aid for the Palestinian people, for his own personal use. But I quote him, when he said "extremism exist on both sides." For that is the type of people we all have to deal with as well.
Terrorism that he initiated and that he continued with up until his death does not bother you , but financial improprieties does. That is the authority for "extremists on both sides". Very telling about you and your thought process.
But you have to realize that in his latter years, he was viewed more as a statesman, and as a statesman, he greatly squandered the treasury. Just like Jean-Claude Duvalier of Haiti. In fact, most of that money for the Palestinian infrastructure, went to keeping his wife in a luxury penthouse in Paris. So Arafat was a corrupt dictator, just like Duvailer. I am very much in tune with the financial availability of the Palestinians. Hamas has driven Gaza into horrendous economic despair, and the West Bank still has a long ways to go, because so much of its economy is dependent on international aid. One of the organizations I am working with now is the Israeli-Palestine Chamber of Commerce. Israel is the Palestinians largest trading partner, and the Palestinians do U.S. $3 billion dollars worth of business with Israel. Israel's economy is the size of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria combined. If we are viewing a two-state solution as the only choice, then both the economic and political stability of the West Bank and Gaza has to be built up. Because when you have economic viability, then you are political stability. It is hard to say how we completely eliminate terrorism, but I do not think anybody makes their living off firing rockets into Israel? With 98% of its businesses closed, and 45% unemployment in Gaza, that is the strong contributor to resentment towards Israel, not Hamas hateful doctrine.
Tim, much as I appreciate all your conciliatory gestures, it is important to point out that there is no comparison between the cost of creating and maintaining the infrastructure of a country, and the cost of Arafat's luxury flat in Paris. Furthermore, since the UN provided this funding, they had a responsibility to ensure it was properly allocated.
Israel’s economy is nowhere near as vibrant as many believe. It revolves around Israel being a (Jew-only) tax haven. The economy is heavily reliant on huge sales tax for all basic necessities, which is very hard on the poorest in the community. The financial kick-backs all go to the settlers and developers. Young people wanting to settle within Israel proper are heavily taxed, with no chance of ever being able to afford a home of their own. The economy is geared to never ending expansion of the border into Arab territory.
The present Israeli economy is not self sustaining, and needs to be totally restructured.
The settlers are being indulged: they are not even Israel’s real citizens, they are dual citizens who will leave the minute things go wrong, so the cash is all being squandered on the wrong people.
Think of all the big companies that have collapsed after looking flush for many years; as a result of having cooked the books.
To summarise, in a single sentence: Israel’s economy is shockingly skewed for the exclusive purpose of commandeering more land that belongs to another people.
We should be asking ourselves: Is Israel feeding into the corrupt political and economic policies of USA, or is it the USA that is feeding of Israel’s policies? Could either be what they are without the other? Can any of this continue without the support of the traditional media, which is starting to crumble?
I am starting to think Arafat’s weaknesses were always greatly exaggerated: like all Palestinian weaknesses. My latest thoughts about Arafats’s lack of integrity have been influenced by this article, written by the former Israeli politician Uri Avnery:
You mentioned "conciliatory." That is the keyword here, and it is a concept we MUST all embrace. We can all research our facts on the internet, but what happens if that is all we get our information from? Then we become "armchair activists," and what is the problem with them? They are removed from the humanity involved -- Israelis and Palestinians do not have faces and names, they are just statistics. That is what is so formidable, is trying to turn those statistics into human beings with faces and names. Of course, I deal with the economics of that region, and to be general, Israel has more of an advantage then the West Bank and Gaza. But when we start getting to the individuals in question, then can an accusation be made that a family in Rafah camp has its bags packed, and ready to go back to where they were at before 1947? Highly unlikely. And if they were to go back to where they came from before 1947, what would happen to the people now living there? Be like old and senile Helen Thomas, and say send them back to where they came? This just feeds on itself, and the information you are presenting is feeding on itself. So does this provide a solution? Or just taking sides? Unfortunately, sides cannot be taken here. So this returns us to how to get two people to share the same piece of land as the size of the state of New Jersey? Defining some type of boundary, where a Jewish majority can live, and a Muslim majority can live. But I said majority, and the given is that they will both have minorities. Israel with a Muslim minority, and Palestine with a Jewish minority. So the question has been started, but it needs to be finished, by drawing those boundaries. Because that is what was stated in the Oslo Accords in 1993, signed by both the State of Israel and the Palestine LIberation Organization. So the work has been started, but it needs to be finished.
Samir Khoury, when you mention terrorism, you do recall that the British labeled Shamir as a terrorist. I've seen the photocopies of the said poster. He is said to have helped murder a member of the Swedish royal family of French descent Count Folk Bernadotte who was trying to be fair and mediate between the sides. He was connected with the U.N. as a mediator. Shamir even once used terms like "we'll fight terror with terror". Has Arafat used what one would call terrorism as a weapon. I believe both sides have used terrorism as Tim mentioned. You could have agreed with Tim and said that he is correct that extremism exists on both sides. Isn't it true that extremism exists on both sides? Couldn't you have pointed out when extremism went too far? I tell you what...Give me an example of Israeli extremism from some historical politicians and examples, and I give you some from the PLO. Go ahead. Show you're genuine and honest.
Very unusual argument you are setting forth. I call it the straw horse argument that you than proceed to destroy. Extremism does NOT exist on both sides and that has been debunked numerous times. No Israeli Jew has ever blasted himself/herself to smitherins to kill Arabs ,yet many Arabs have done so to kill Jews. Wanton attacks against civilians cannot be compared to civilians being killed in the act of one defending themselves. There is no equivalence and never will be. Shamir did not go after CIVILIANS as Kikwa irregulars did or the pact by Husseini with Hitler to murder civilians. Israel or Jews never blew up civilian planes or buses never hijacked civilian ships and killed elderly civilian passengers. Yes extremism went too far but you will not get me to say that it was anything other than Arab extremists.
Just give me some examples of that famous Israeli extremism that you want me acknowledge.
A classic example of Israeli extremism, is the late Meir Kahane. He founded the Kach Party, and the Israeli Supreme Court outlawed it before it could even run in an Israeli election. His party was calling for the expulsion of all Arabs out of Israel, and the West Bank. Such philosophy is also being supported by Sheldon Adelson, who has been vigorously funding the campaign of Mitt Romney. So it has not been hijacking airplanes, but forced expulsion desires, and forced expulsion was one of the cornerstones of apartheid in South Africa.
Samir, here are a few examples of Israeli extremism, as you requested:
The first act of air piracy in the history of civil aviation was carried out by Israel, in Dec. 1954, when a civilian Syrian airliner was forced down in Tel Aviv and its passengers and crew held for days, despite international condemnation.
In 1968, Israeli commandos blew up 13 civilian airliners at Beirut airport in Lebanon. Surprisingly, Samir, you, a Lebanese citizen, do not know of this one!
The first deliberate shooting down of a civilian airliner was carried out by Israel, when a Libyan airliner was shot down by Israeli jet fighters over Sinai, in Feb. 1973, on the direct orders of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, killing all 107 of its passengers and the entire French crew.
(Samir, think about the fact that Libya paid out massive compensation to the relatives of the passenger aircraft they shot down, and remember, Israel has never paid any compensation to the victims of this passenger aircraft.)
Tim ,if Rabbi Kahane and his 1000 or so followers are your only examples that you can safely say that all Muslims and their followers are extremists as this is what they advocate (Hamas elected in Gaza) but many also committed murder in support of these aims. Airplane hijackings, Ship hijackings, suicide bus bombings and so on and so on.
That old adage shows that equivalence is simply misplaced. Something about
STICKS and STONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A vivid imagination is sometimes desirable, but in many cases it clouds good judgement. It becomes problematic when reality is replaced by imagination.
Sussan already answered you, and she's correct. Let's try again. How about what are some extreme views held by many in the Israeli population, and then I will respond with some of the extreme notions that exist in the Palestinian population. Do it with the Lebanese factions if the Israeli side is again impossible for you, if you can't find yourself finding statistically significant extreme views amongst the Israeli population. I'm sure you can find it amongst the Lebanese. Remember, you, as a human being, in front of us all, in front of your own conscience are lecturing about peace. So show us the extremists on both sides starting with the Israelis or with the Lebanese, if you can do it with the former. Be honest, genuine.
I read this Haaretz article, and it clearly shows there are extreme views, but I'd bet you would justify everything in there. By the way, it fits with one of my Catholic friends that I knew who was an Israeli who was told more than once she should leave.
Some 46 percent of Israel's Jewish citizens favor transferring Palestinians out of the territories, while 31 percent favor transferring Israeli Arabs out of the country, according to the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies' annual national security public opinion poll.
In 1991, 38 percent of Israel's Jewish population was in favor of transferring the Palestinians out of the territories while 24 percent supported transferring Israeli Arabs.
When the question of transfer was posed in a more roundabout way, 60 percent of respondents said that they were in favor of encouraging Israeli Arabs to leave the country. The results of the survey also reveal that 24 percent of Israel's Jewish citizens believe that Israeli Arabs are not loyal to the state, compared to 38 percent who think the Arabs were loyal to the state at the beginning of the intifada.