Author: David Kramer

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…



Top 100 Israeli #Charities To Support Right Now!

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The non-profit sector in Israel has been hard hit by the Corona epidemic and this is significant as they represent Israel’s lifeline to the most vulnerable and weak members of society. Whether it’s hospitals and medical institutions that are directly treating the infected or organizations that feed those affected by the economic repercussions; people with…



Have you heard of Pinny Nachmani?

Have you heard of Pinny Nachmani? His story is yet another incredible #testimony of people who, facing extraordinary circumstances, were not prepared to compromise on their ideals. For me, his story answers the question why the Jewish people have survived till now, stubbornly refusing, time and again, to give into challenges and pushing on in the face…



10 things about Israeli #Healthcare that you might not know

The above image represents a reality that plays out daily, in almost every hospital in Israel, including now, where medical professionals, doctors and nurses work on the frontlines against this deadly virus, regardless of religion, nationality or ethnicity. The situation is hardly known outside Israel and you will certainly not see it documented by the…



Corona #Lockdown lessons from the army.

Watching a video of Natan Sharansky speak about his experiences in solitary confinement for nine years as a Prisoner Of Zion, this week on Facebook, reminded me of the following experience I had as a soldier in the Israeli army, (although VERY different.) 😉 During my basic-training in the Nachal Infantry Brigade, in 2002 (yes…



Life with “Challenges”

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With new lockdown restrictions being introduced this evening in Israel and others worldwide joining this reality, these are certainly interesting times. For many, forced home confinement will be a challenging time, denied of the usual daily routines that we all, probably by now, take for granted. How good is it to go wherever you want;…