Filed under: opinion | Tags: Add new tag, basketball, maccabi, posted by ronShapiro, sports, Tel Aviv
There is a stereotype often referred to that Jews can’t play sports. Jews are slow, they can’t jump, and they are weak. Is this true? Well, from a genetic point of view, obviously this is not true because no person is born bigger, faster, or stronger than another.
Can this stereotype be proven wrong by statisical analysis? The European basketball might have proof that this statement is incorrect. Israeli franchise Maccabi Tel Aviv has been in the finals of the Euroleague 13 times, winning 5 championships. Furthermore, in the 2009 European Championship, 4 of the 16 teams will be led by Israeli coaches. That is 25%, or a quarter of the BEST EUROPEAN TEAMS. 1 of these 4 is Israel itself, with Russia, Poland and Bulgaria also having an Israeli Coach.
Aside from being one the 16 best teams based on physical ability, Israel has gone beyond that and has the intelligence of sports needed to constuct a team and its gameplans. No longer can people say that Jews can’t play sports, or that they aren’t smart enough. At least not in basketball.
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Filed under: opinion, politics | Tags: Add new tag, Kadima, labor, likud, Livni, netanyahu, posted by joshman91
The first point to be made is one that people on both sides of the spectrum can agree with: Israel is in desperate need of new leadership (more so than the United States).
However, does Israel, like America, need “change,” or more of the same? Some on this blog would argue that the issue is not so black and white. They would say that although Livni is a member of Olmert’s disastrous Kadima Party, she is a promising, pragmatic leader that can unite Israel once and for all.
When people get excited about Livni, as I have on certain occasions, they are oblivious to the fact that she is not in touch with the majority of the country. She only won the nomination by 431 votes, and received around 20,000 votes, which is, according to the Jerusalem Post, only 1.1% of the general electorate. According to the New York Times, the Kadima Party is only made up of about 70,000 voters, and only half or so made it to the polls. All of these statistics mentioned above have caused Likud leaders (the right-wing party) to call for general elections. They argue that it is undemocratic for a small party like that to be determining the path Israel shall follow.
On Thursday, President Bush made some interesting remarks in Israel attacking the policy of creating on open conversation with out enemies or “sitting down” and discussing our problems, a policy that Barack Obama has declared one of his top priorities with dangerous leaders like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This comment spurred much controversy among current Presidential Candidates.
Today, Thomas Friedman actually wrote a very interesting article about Obama and his policies on Israel and its enemies, discussing whether he would be good or bad for israel. Check it out here.