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~Short-Lived Livni by ronshapiro
October 26, 2008, 4:09 pm
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It wasn’t too long ago that Tzipi Livni took control of Kadima and people were cheering that Prime Minister Olmert would soon step down.  The funny thing is, it will be more than 4 months until Olmert is allowed to leave office.

Kadima chair Tzipi Livni

With Shas and Degel Hatorah rejecting Livni’s request to join the coalition, Livni recognizes that going to general elections would be the smartest idea for the Jewish country.  Livni is set to meet with President Shimon Peres on Sunday to discuss the elections.

Is this good or bad for the Israeli people?  Having Olmert in office for 3-4 more months isn’t the greatest thing in the world, and almost all Israelis would agree with that.  But, after the election process is over, the Prime Minister will be supported by most of society for the first time in a couple of years.  Also, if you look at the idea of a Kadima-led government, it is easy to realize that it is very hard to succeed with a centerist platform.

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~Green in Israel: Spotlight on Kfar Saba by lsarris
October 23, 2008, 11:57 am
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Along with other global initiatives, parts of Israel are working to obtain “greener” policies and live “greener” lifestyles. Kfar Saba (a city on the border of the West Bank near Ranana) was the first Israeli city to go green. The city adopted a plan that will increase recycling, the use of renewable energy, and decrease waste production. This includes the implementing of energy-reducing traffic light bulbs on the streets, and even creating more bike pathes and bike-rental stations for effective travel. The city hopes to increase environmental awareness in schools by creating projects that students can participate in relating to the environment, as well as reduce the amount of paper used in schools. The mayor of the Kfar Saba, Yehuda Ben Hemo, is thrilled with the plan, and hopes to see many elements of it come to life in 2009.

~When Israel Advocacy Is Just One Click Away by ozniablog
October 22, 2008, 6:20 pm
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About a month ago, I received an e-mail from Stand With Us (an Israel Education and Advocacy Organization) recruiting writers for CampusPost, a college campus newspaper and joint collaboration with the Jerusalem Post. Caught off guard, I was a bit confused; why was I, a high school junior, being asked to write for a college newspaper? I was curious, but figured the message was delivered mistakenly and did not actually apply to me; I forwarded it to my college-aged sister and then let the ad archive into my AOL account. A few minutes later, I decided to venture into my “old mail” folder and click on the newspaper’s link, to learn, if nothing else, about what I had recently passed on. I began reading, and was immediately enthralled by the mission and contents of the paper. Written by students for students, Campus Post is a nonpartisan monthly newspaper that works to highlight “the richness of Israel’s diversity” through its innovations, its culture, and its true relationship to the rest of the world. Somewhat hesitantly, I decided to respond to the mass recruitment e-mail and find out if there was some way I could possibly get the paper to be delivered to my high school. I was cheerfully surprised when a response the following day asked me simply for a number, shipping address and contact.

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