Two elderly residents, a man and a woman, were alone in the lounge of their nursing home one evening.
The old Lady looked over and said to the old man, “I know just what you’re wanting. For £5 I’ll have sex with you right over there in that rocking chair.”
The old man looked surprised but didn’t say a word.
The old lady continued,”For £10 I’ll do it with you on that nice soft sofa over there, but for £20 I’ll take you back to my room, light some candles, and give you the most romantic evening you’ve ever had in your life.”
The old man still says nothing but after a couple of minutes, starts digging down in his wallet. He pulls out a wrinkled £20 bill and holds it up.
“So you want the nice romantic evening in my room,” says the old lady.
“Get serious,” he replies. “Four times in the rocking chair!”
My boss was a thick-bearded Arab-Israeli, the only man I ever met in the Middle East named Voltaire. Voltaire and I were in the early stages of building a huge playground for a school. I was a volunteer construction worker in Neve Shalom or, in Arabic, Wahat al-Salam—“Oasis of Peace,” alluding to Isaiah—a small village between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. For nearly 40 years, the village has been an intentional community where Muslims, Christians, and Jews have decided to live together to endorse coexistence.
This was 2006, when the Muslim world was gripped by anger over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad first published in the Danish press the year before. News footage showed Palestinians burning Denmark’s flag and using it as a doormat. We never talked much while working. But the furor over the cartoons was bothering me. A few months out of college, I had applied to volunteer in the village because I believed in its idealistic mission. Now here I was having not very idealistic thoughts.
The world powers’ nuclear deal with Iran will lead to war and a “nightmare” regional nuclear arms race, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned in an online address to American and Canadian Jews on Tuesday evening.
Netanyahu, who has been seeking to sway US lawmakers to thwart the agreement, accused the deal’s supporters in the Obama administration of spreading “disinformation about the deal and about Israel’s position” in its bid to rally support.
But you don’t have to support violence to subscribe to certain intolerant ideas which create a climate in which extremists can flourish. Ideas which are hostile to basic liberal values such as democracy, freedom and sexual equality. Ideas which actively promote discrimination, sectarianism and segregation….” – UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
The Palestinians’ top priority is peace with Israel.
According to a poll conducted in the disputed territories in June 2015642, majorities in both the West Bank and Gaza have not abandoned their dream of liberating “all of historic Palestine.” Fifty-eight percent of West Bankers and 65 percent of Gazans say that even if a “two-state solution” is negotiated, “the struggle is not over and resistance should continue until all of historic Palestine is liberated.”
This result comes as no surprise to Israelis who have long maintained that the Palestinians have not reconciled themselves to coexisting with Israel, even if they were to have an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Palestinian opinion further reinforces the Israeli fear that no territorial compromise will satisfy them. For the Palestinians, establishing a state in the territories is just the first stage in their campaign to liberate Palestine. Israeli concessions will only fuel their belief that time is on their side and that continued “resistance,” combined with international pressure, will be Israel’s undoing.
According to the Associated Press (Aug 04):
US Likely to Intervene in Palestinian Terror Case
“The U.S. government is moving closer to intervening in a high-stakes civil case over deadly Palestinian terror attacks as officials met Tuesday with victims’ families to discuss concerns over a jury verdict worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
The meeting with representatives from the Justice and State departments came amid objections from a lawyer for the plaintiffs, who said the United States was “considering putting a thumb on the scale” because the Palestinian government opposes the jury verdict.
“The Palestinians got a fair trial. The judgment was foreseeable, and they can afford to pay it over time,” attorney Kent Yalowitz said in an interview.
At issue is $218.5 million in damages awarded by a New York jury in February for attacks that killed 33 people and wounded hundreds more — a penalty that lawyers say would be automatically tripled under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act, but that the State Department fears could weaken the stability of the Palestinian government.”
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