As strange as it may seem, I am finding it difficult to find any mention of the AUT (UK) re-vote results on the Israeli news websites. Why is that? Maybe it's not as crucial as we made out! OK, here it is on the Jerusalem Post. I am sure the fight will not finish there...
Mahmoud Abbas' visit to Bush passed without too much controversy. It appears that the US wants to increase its involvement in the peace process (or starting it!). That's not a bad thing. As reported, Sharon and Israel will be under a great deal more pressure (re: settlements etc) should Abbas manage to dismantle the terror groups. It appears that that is the understanding - if Abbas succeeds, Israel will also need to give.
Still after these last few days of attacks and discovery of suicide bomb belts etc on their way to central Israel, it seems unlikely that we're going to have a quiet summer. It really is quite clear that Hamas and brothers are simply using this quieter (but far far far from quiet) time to re-build for the "Day after Disengagement".
Two websites for you to check out: TeachKidsPeace that is prominent on the Haaretz advertisement banners these days and JewWatch which was sent to me accompanied by a neo-Nazi website that is monitoring the New Zealand Jewish community. Oh what a pretty world we live in! The former site (above) is pretty impressive. Worth a read!
Soccer/football fever is approaching Israel again this coming Saturday. Israel playing Ireland in the World Cup qualifiers. I must admit, soccer is a very silly sport in comparison to the holy rugby of New Zealand but I can't help but admit my excitement at Israel's last two performances and I did watch both games. Israel always needs morale-boosting achievements. Sport can provide that. Let's hope this weekend gives us a few more smiles.