One Small Dot

A class was given a homework assignment to find out something 
exciting and relate it to the class the next day.
When the time came to present what they’d found, the first little 
boy the teacher called on walked up to the front of the class. He 
picked up a piece of chalk, made a small white dot on the blackboard 
and sat back down.
Puzzled, the teacher asked him what it was.
“It’s a ‘period’,” he replied.
“I can see that,” said the teacher, “but what is so exciting about a ‘period’?”
“Darned if I know,” said the boy,
“but yesterday my sister was missing one.
Mom fainted, Dad had a heart attack,and the boy next door joined the Navy.

Promise Israel Should Tell Obama

Beyond the Cusp

There has been much projecting on what President Obama might do to release his vengeance on Prime Minister Netanyahu and to hurt Israel permanently under International Relations. Israel should be wise and quietly relate to Administration officials that any drastic alteration from the agreed settlement reached through direct negotiations will be met with determination and resolve. Further information on what is meant by determination and resolve should be met that the degree to which such responses might take would be situationally dependent and would take actions measurable to any provocation or attack on the status-quo which the Administration was always so concerned about over the last eight years. Israel fully expects that said status-quo will continue and there will be no surprises or alterations placed on the balanced situation. This situational reactive desire will include any changes at the United Nations, The Hague or in any other international forum and…

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Do Israelis Overwhelmingly Support Withdrawing from the West Bank?


Israelis overwhelmingly support withdrawal from the West Bank.


Jews on the left of the political spectrum in both Israel and the United States favor a complete Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank/Judea and Samaria and have argued they represent popular opinion in Israel. They further try to delegitimize the Netanyahu government by suggesting it is out of touch and anti-peace. The polls, however tell a different story.

In the October 2016 Peace Index poll, a monthly survey of Israeli opinion on a variety of issues, participants were asked if they were for or against annexing all of the disputed territory to the state of Israel. Annexation was favored 46 percent to 42 percent, with nearly equal numbers strongly in favor (18 percent) as strongly opposed (21 percent). 789

Not surprisingly, if Arab respondents are added, the figures shift. The general public opposes annexation 48 percent to 41 percent. Still, more than 4 in 10 Israelis support annexing all the territory.

In the June 2016 survey, 52 percent said Israel should stay in the territories compared to 36 percent who favored evacuating the area.

When asked if they believed the settlement enterprise had contributed to, or damaged Israel’s national interest, the 52 percent saw the settlements as positive while 39 percent disagreed.