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Are We Insane?

Are we, here in Israel, totally insane, deaf and unaware of what is going on in in the foreign press, the Social Media platform, and all the criticisms of Israel?  Where is our PR, where is our intelligence… why cannot we read the International map, and try to make our image a little better…. Because this is important too.  It is not enough for Israel to be a Hi Tech leader; it is not enough for Israel to send Field hospitals to war zones.  All this is wonderful, but these days it is simply not enough.  We have to be sensitive to the new type of media, and to deal with it correctly.

OK, we do not yet know whose bullet killed Shireen Abu Akleh but where are the leaders of the Police Force.  Why did the Police not keep their distance, a big distance, from her funeral?

If we wanted to monitor it, we could have used drones…. The Israeli Police should have been totally out of the main picture.  They should have just let this funeral go ahead without any Israeli presence.

This was an incident waiting to happen.  Surely, we must have realized that there would be provocation, that the Arab Street was planning and waiting for such an occasion, and we fell directly into their trap.

Where are our brains? In my imagination, I can see Naftali Bennett, pulling out his last remaining hairs and screaming!

Are we, here in Israel, totally insane, deaf and unaware of what is going on in in the foreign press, the Social Media platform, and all the criticisms of Israel?  Where is our PR, where is our intelligence… why cannot we read the International map, and try to make our image a little better…. Because this is important too.  It is not enough for Israel to be a Hi-Tech leader; it is not enough for Israel to send Field hospitals to war zones.  All this is wonderful, but these days it is simply not enough.  We have to be sensitive to the new type of media, and to deal with it correctly.

OK, we do not yet know whose bullet killed Shireen Abu Akleh but where are the leaders of the Police Force.  Why did the Police not keep their distance, a big distance, from her funeral.

If we wanted to monitor it, we could have used drones…. The Israeli Police should have been totally out of the main picture.  They should have just let this funeral go ahead without any Israeli presence.

This was an incident waiting to happen.  Surely, we must have realized that there would be provocation, that the Arab Street was planning and waiting for such an occasion, and we fell directly into their trap.

Where are our brains? In my imagination, I can see Naftali Bennett, pulling out his last remaining hairs and screaming!

About the Author
Made aliya in 1960, broadcasted in English on Kol Israel, dealt in tourism for 30 years, brought up a family. Generally a "normal" life here in this challenging country.
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