Like every other aspect of running a country, economics is a complex business.
It seems that God is reshuffling all the decks for the New Year, 5769.
September 13 passed uneventfully in Israel. It was supposed to have been a national holiday: the anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords.
It's always hottest at the end of summer. I am not a meteorologist and I have not checked the latest statistics.
In the past weeks Israel has been rocked by a rash of murders - murders of children at the hands of their parents or in one case, the grandfather.
About a year ago I saw a Russian television broadcast in which Vladimir Putin, riding a noble steed, reaches the edge of a lake, deftly removes his shirt and in an impressive display of muscle, leans over and washes his face in the crystal- clear water.
Yehudit Dasberg was one of the first victims of Oslo. Her daughter and son-in-law were murdered in a drive-by shooting near Gush Etzion.
A week ago Wednesday, about 50 people protested outside the Chinese embassy in Tel Aviv against Israel's participation in the Olympics.
"He had recently become more religious," the reporters explained, as they described the second Jerusalem Muslim who attempted to use a bulldozer to murder Jews.
The perfect implementation of the expulsion without significant opposition from the soldiers leaves the IDF Samson shorn and blinded.
The Three Weeks of mourning for the Holy Temple in Jerusalem that stretch from the 17th of Tammuz to the 9th of Av now hold additional tragic memorial days.
The following is excerpted from the interview that appeared in the July 19th issue of Israel's Maariv newspaper:
The off-duty soldier who recently killed the terrorist on the bulldozer reminds me of the biblical David - and not only because he stormed the Goliath bulldozer with a pistol borrowed from a nearby policeman.
It looks like the Israeli government is preparing to release approximately 1,000 terrorists in exchange for Gilad Shalit.
When Gilad Shalit was abducted two years ago, we were told that the kidnappers were part of a clandestine terror group, some sort of popular front over which Hamas had no control.
"We must demonstrate against [Ehud] Olmert," said the voice over the phone.
The scent of approaching Kadima primaries has turned the heads of this party of corruption into saber-rattling hawks.
The following is an excerpt from a recent Front Page interview with Moshe Feiglin. The interviewer is Dan Rabkin of FrontPageMagazine.com.
I do not think that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's government will fall in the near future.
Now that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's doctors did not significantly stall the police investigation into his highly suspect activities, we must brace ourselves for the prime minister's next delaying gimmick.
For all of those waiting to see Olmert forced out of office, I suggest that you don't hold your breath.
"For 2000 years Jews would have gladly exchanged the horrors of exile for the current State of Israel.
"If you do not let my people go," says Moses to Pharaoh, "all of Egypt will be filled with frogs."
Nobody really expected Israel to react to the Katyusha rockets launched from southern Lebanon that hit the northern Israeli town of Shelomi (on the morning of Jan. 8, 2008).
Esther Pollard doesn't live in a luxury apartment. For years, Esther rented a tiny room in a cheap motel close to the prison to be near her husband.