IT was motzei Shabbat, Yom Yerushalayim. I turned on my TV to catch up with the news. When I heard the item about the British Eurovision entry being disrupted and heard that voting in the contest was still being counted, I switched channel, reckoning that watching the song contest final was a nice way to bring in the chag to commemorate our recapture of Jerusalem in 1967.
Little did I realise how appropriate that was!
I could not believe my eyes when I switched over to see the triumphant waving of an enormous Israeli flag after Israel had been awarded 12 points from one of the national juries.
As the voting continued, I was screaming at the TV for Israel to win.
And it did!
I could not believe my eyes when I saw the rapturous acclaim that Israel achieved from all over Europe.
We are so used to being on the defensive whenever Israel is mentioned on the media that it is hard to believe that people are not totally biased against our country, particularly as Eurovision has a reputation for political voting.
Netta Barzilai’s song Toy is not my type of music, but our morning prayer that God should “crown Israel with glory” certainly came true on motzei Shabbat.
Let’s hope that that universal acclaim spreads to all the other areas of Israel’s success as well.
I AM naturally cautious. When I watch my favourite TV quiz
programmes The Chase and Tipping Point, I am always willing the
contestants to take the safer option — in the former, the middle
position and in the latter not to gamble the two or three thousand
the contestant has earned for the possibility of £10,000, at the
risk of losing everything.
For me, it’s all about “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”. Not so cautious is Donald Trump.
The man scares the wits out of me, not only because of his extreme lack of midot (good manners and decency), but also because of his seemingly rash decisions upon which the future of the world hangs.
If I would have been asked to reconsider the Iran deal, I would have kept it but toughened the conditions to keep a stronger tab on all that country’s other nefarious activities.
I would have been dead scared of annoying Iran whose forces are playing havoc right on Israel’s border, threatening to spill over the murderous activities of the extremely complicated Syrian civil war on to peaceful communities in the Golan.
But maybe I would have been wrong. Maybe Iranian forces needed the good shmeis they got from the IDF last week.
Will Trump’s crazy tactics work with North Korea?
I will continue to be cautious and hedge my bets as to whether or not his scary tactics actually make the world a safer place or not.
We can only pray they do.
NOT everyone knows that the Speaker of the House, John Bercow,
against whom allegations of bullying have been made, is Jewish.
The mainstream media is very careful not to mention that fact when reporting the allegations, as they were when publishing the Harvey Weinstein allegations.
So why on earth, in his Times column Help, I’m short, rude and turning into John Bercow did fellow Jew Giles Coren say that he himself was a short, rude and angry Jew like Bercow?
Coren is no stranger to controversy.
In July, 2008, he was revealed to have sent an email containing swear words to a sub-editor who removed an indefinite article from one of his columns.
Soon afterwards, he stirred up Polish wrath by correctly recording Polish antisemitism during the Holocaust.
Last year, Coren’s attacks hit nearer to home when he called his son Sam “a fat bastard” who “looks a bit retarded”, his wife “a lazy tart” and his daughter “as skinny as a cricket”.
Coren really needs to take responsibility for what he writes.
It’s good to stand up against Poles who seek to whitewash their history of antisemitism, stupidly crude to use defamatory language in emails to colleagues and downright callously insensitive to shame members of your own family in print.
It is also highly irresponsible to publicly mention the Jewish identity of someone accused of allegations and defend him by saying that as a fellow Jew, you have an even worse temper.
There are enough antisemites around without Jewish writers providing them with more ammunition.