The Sunny Side of the Wall

Keeping the rules

Keeping the rules

— By Cliff Keller — Israelis got a scolding on Saturday evening. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed regret in reporting “a change in direction” in Israel’s fight to halt the spread of COVID 19.

Something new under the sun?

Something new under the sun?

- By Cliff Keller — Just before dawn some mornings during the days leading up to Yom HaZikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, the highest hill in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ir Ganim has been visited by handfuls of Orthodox Jews who faced the Old City and prayed. Though...

Change, shortages and substitutions

Change, shortages and substitutions

By Cliff Keller — During Israel’s ongoing coronavirus lockdown, a refreshing, cooperative spirit, albeit mandated by law, seems to have caught on in the Land. Despite our new restrictions, Israelis are permitted to eat, drink, walk their dogs and take (prescription)...

(Black and) Blue and White

(Black and) Blue and White

By Cliff Keller — We have been misinformed. Recent events suggest that the world’s oldest pastime, if not profession, contrary to longstanding claims to the contrary, must surely be criticism. Criticism’s probable precedence over all other human pursuits makes perfect...

Israel bears down to reckon with COVID-19

Israel bears down to reckon with COVID-19

By Cliff Keller — The malls have closed in Israel. As of March 15, 2020 and recent regs passed to hinder the spread of COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus, so have all Israel’s gyms, public swimming pools, discos, bars, restaurants, movie theaters, heritage...

Irreconcilable Differences

Irreconcilable Differences

Irreconcilable DifferencesBy Cliff Keller — In its Proclamation of Independence, Israel promised itself and the world that it would adopt, by October 1, 1948, a written constitution with which to govern itself. It failed to do so and that failure weighs heavily upon...

Dead Before It Was Born

Dead Before It Was Born

Dead Before It Was Born - By Cliff Keller - Rajab Abu Siriya, a writer for the Arabic language newspaper Al Ayyam based in Ramallah, Israel, did not think much of President Trump’s recent “Deal of the Century.” In an article for Al Ayyam entitled The Enemy’s Deal,...

A Perfect Example

A Perfect Example

A Perfect Example By: Cliff Keller — The day before Iranian major general Qasem Soleimani’s first funeral in Iran, he had four of them, a friend and I went on a search for a good hardware store in and around the Jerusalem suburb of Abu Gosh. My friend Derek (not his...

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