Wednesday, November 18, 2009

selling an apartment

I am not sure whether to moan or be happy! Have just spent five and a half hours at the Land Department and the Municipality doing the paperwork related to the sale of my apartment. I must have gone in to a million offices (only a slight exaggeration) for filling up forms, signing, countersigning, stamping and waiting. This was mostly because I did not realise my original title deeds to the apartment were now void.

All buildings had no smoking signs but, of course, these were ignored by some and especially by the employees. Most of the offices were chaotic and some were really filthy. BUT the first part of the process was done in a morning so I suppose there is some cheer in that. I am now wondering how much effort the next stage is going to take. T

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Footnotes of history .. as if that will change anything ...

People don't matter in politics:

Almost everyone outside the US, including in Israel, understands that the occupation has always been about settlement, not security, since Israel could have militarily occupied the West Bank and Gaza in 1967 indefinitely without establishing a single settlement, and could withdraw from all its settlements tomorrow and maintain a military occupation until it felt secure enough to turn the territory over to Palestinians.

As famed general Moshe Dayan once put it, the settlements in the Occupied Territories are essential "not because they can ensure security better than the army, but because without them we cannot keep the army in those territories. Without them the IDF would be a foreign army ruling a foreign population".

A pissed off "almost anyone"


Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Minister and speeding

A minister and his son were recently stopped for speeding (son was driving) and as the police officer was writing out the ticket he recognised the minister and backed down but the minister did not allow this. He said he was subject to the law like everyone else. Fantastic, a minister with a moral code. T