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Israel Trail Days 49 and 50 Shaharut to Be’er Ora

December 6, 2014
Israel Trail Days 49 and 50 Shaharut to Be’er Ora

November 6 and 7, 2014 Wikiloc Maps: Shaharut to Timna, Timna to Be’er Ora Distance: 44.6 km Total distance since Tel Dan: 1077km (667 miles) I’m getting so close to the finish I can taste it. After these two days I’m now down to two days on the trail to reach the finish at...
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Israel: The Country I Love, Driving Me Crazy

November 28, 2014
Israel: The Country I Love, Driving Me Crazy

My brother and sister have both told me in the last few days that their friends who know I’m living in Israel have asked how we’re doing. They read about the terror attacks, etc., and are worried about our physical safety. Physical safety is pretty low on the list of things I’m worried about...
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Israel Trail Days 47 and 48: Tzihor to Shaharut

November 10, 2014
Israel Trail Days 47 and 48: Tzihor to Shaharut

October 19 and 24, 2014 Wikiloc Map: Tsihor to Shaharut Distance: 49.3km Total distance since Tel Dan: 1032km (640 miles) These two days included my longest day on the trail, 42km (the distance of a full marathon) and my shortest day on the trail, 7km. Most people don’t divide this section up that way....
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A Visit to Hebron

September 12, 2014
A Visit to Hebron

If a picture is worth a thousand words, seeing something first-hand is worth a thousand pictures. Any Israeli who reads the newspapers has at least a rough idea of what’s going on in Hebron: A small community of approximately 700 Jews is living in the heart of a Palestinian city of 250,000. Yet somehow...
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Hamas is a terrorist organization; the IDF is not

July 22, 2014
Hamas is a terrorist organization; the IDF is not

Any regular reader of this blog knows that I am an ardent critic of the Israeli government.  The continued building of new settlements only serves to weaken the chances for a two-state solution.  The ongoing occupation of the West Bank is immoral.  There is no way to justify leaving millions of Palestinians living under...
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Israel Trail Day 45: Zofar to Paran

July 17, 2014
Israel Trail Day 45: Zofar to Paran

July 13, 2014 Wikiloc Map: Zofar to Paran Distance: 33.1km (20.5 miles) Total distance since Tel Dan: 951km (589 miles) Despite — or maybe because of — the situation in Israel, with rockets and missiles flying back and forth between Israel and Gaza — a break off in the wilderness sounded like a good...
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