Month: October 2020

Drama on Everest

by David Kramer

In May 2012 Israeli mountain climber and photographer Nadav Ben Yehuda was only 300 meters from the summit of Mount Everest and on his way to becoming the youngest Israeli to climb the world’s highest mountain, when he spotted someone lying inside a crack in the ice, clearly in trouble. He recognized Aydin Irmak, a…



History In The Making!

by David Kramer

History in the making! United Arab Emirate officials arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport this afternoon kicking off agreements of the Abraham Accord, signed between Israel and the UAE in Washington last month.   The Etihad 787-10 Dreamliner arrived with 58 passengers on board and was greeted in a festive ceremony. “We are very excited…



Should Erekat be treated in Israel?

by David Kramer

Today, chief Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat was hospitalized in critical condition and placed on a ventilator in Israel’s Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, Jerusalem. The senior Palestinian official, diagnosed with Covid-19, was brought to the hospital by Magen David Adom paramedics accompanied by IDF soldiers. Many in Israel are disturbed by this since Erekat, a…



“Smile because a smile is happiness and happiness gives us the strength to go on.” – In memory of Liel Gidoni z”l

by David Kramer

Liel Gidoni z”l was a commander in the Givati brigade of the Israeli army who was tragically killed in Gaza in 2014. He was well-liked amongst the soldiers and he used to tell them every morning, during line-up, “Smile because a smile is happiness and happiness gives us the strength to go on.” In order…



What this poster taught me about Israel?

Every year during the Jewish festival of on sukkot this iconic poster of the Israeli paratroopers that liberated the western wall hangs in my sukkah. It’s been in my sukkah for so many years that I cannot remember how or when it got here. Each year I find myself staring at the poster which took…