“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

Meanwhile In Israel.

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People across the Middle East are annoyed at their rulers and Israelis are no exception, Dissent explains why:

“WHAT IS happening in Israel? As usual, no one expected, no one predicted, the massive uprising of Israel’s young people—joined last Saturday night by large numbers, amazing numbers, of their parents and grandparents. What started as a demand for affordable housing has turned into something much bigger. I can only watch, and cheer, and try to figure out what’s going on. Here are four “takes” on the uprising.

Update 1: I had, naturally, assumed that the Guardian coverage of these events, which started about three weeks, would be given the expected negative spin, but the coverage is fairly good, that is in between non-stories and piffle like this, Israeli spy claims over Christchurch earthquake and Israeli orchestra to perform Wagner in Germany at Bayreuth opera festival.

All the same rather surprising, given the Guardian’s clear anti-Israeli bias.

Israelis set up tent cities in protest at housing costs.

Israelis take to tents in housing protest – in pictures.

Government alarm at citizens’ revolt as tent protests spread.

Update 2: Lisa Goldman had been following things and saw this:

Update 3: According to the JC, Netanyahu forms panel to tackle tent city unrest.

Politicians across the world are so similar, major problems, form a committee, fob people off. I can’t see that working with younger Israelis.

Written by modernityblog

09/08/2011 at 02:17

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  1. Walzer’s article also appears on The New Republic. I suggest reading the comments, mine included:


    09/08/2011 at 02:23

  2. it’s not an uprising -these are mass demonstrations, undergoing in a democracy.


    09/08/2011 at 23:28

  3. Yeah we got that.


    09/08/2011 at 23:53

  4. Not maybe all that surprising. I’ve been hearing for a while that, despite Israel’s excellent macroeconomic statistics, Israelis simply have no money (except for handful in high tech, etc). There are a lot of other problems also being swept under the table, like widespread PTSD of people coming out of the IDF. And Israelis expect more out of their society than a lot of other people, to begin with; if the Israeli state cannot take care of Israeli Jews, what the heck is the point?

    Antiquated Tory

    10/08/2011 at 13:48

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