10 January 2006



Copyright © January 2006, R. Kossover
Published at Blogcritics Magazine

For those who live inside Israel, particularly in Jerusalem, the accession of Ehud Olmert to the post of acting prime minister elicits only groans. Olmert, before he became mayor of Jerusalem, was known as a Likud activist and as a corrupt and generally incompetent lawyer. The foreign press knew about the Likud activist part. Locals, unfortunately, knew about the rest.

The problem with Olmert is not his corruption. All politicians are viewed as corrupt in this small time Stalinist shleppocracy and Olmert is just one more. The problem with him is his incompetence. This quality about him will make him the dream prime minister for those foreigners who talk about "two states for two peoples" from their armchairs overseas, and who really mean the dismantling and destruction of Israel and the correction of the "historic mistake" made in 1948 by its creation.

Let's take a few looks at the press coverage of this gentleman over the last couple of days and see the picture. The first piece does not show him to be soft as a banana at all. This comes from Israel National News.

The fellow who sent me the article dubbed it "the Olmert who stole Hanukkah." The first sentence of the article reads,

Acting Prime Minister and Finance Minister Ehud Olmert demanded last month that taxes be paid on charity items recently donated by American Jews to help Israel's needy population prepare for winter.

Now there is a man truly concerned for his country's finances! Every nickel has to be taxed so that our cash strapped government can have money to serve the uh... politicians with their hands in the treasury.

Scrooge, move over!! The head of the Judenrat (council of puppet Jewish leaders) in Jerusalem has just outdone you.

But there is more. From DEBKAfile we discover that our acting prime minister does indeed take phone calls from pretty women. This article from 7 January deals with a phone call from American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In it DEBKAfile indicates that Washington is ready to move on from the Sharon era.

In the midst of the article we see why Condoleezza Rice is one of the only women to have had a ship named after her. You don't become the American secretary of state by singing sweetly in the choir. We find out that

The Rice telephone call was also a test of the new Israeli leader's ability to make fast decisions and judgments. She took advantage of Olmert's being thrown off-balance by the unexpected responsibility thrust on him by his boss's indisposition to put forward her own candidate as contact-man, the US ambassador in Tel Aviv, Richard Jones.

In essence, she was dictating to Olmert how he would deal with the States. Whatever one wishes to say about General Sharon, he was not bamboozled around so easily. From this article, it is evident that Ehud Olmert will be. Further proof comes from a second piece from DEBKAfile.

The first sentence reads

Sunday night Jan 8, US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice discussed the forthcoming Palestinian elections to the legislative council on the telephone with Palestinian Authority chairman Abu Mazen. Jerusalem was not briefed, DEBKAfile's political sources report.

This article deals with whether Arabs living in East Jerusalem would be allowed to vote in the "elections" the Arabs are holding in the "Palestinian Authority" at the end of the month. As you continue to read the article, you realize that with a single phone call, Condoleezza Rice had stripped Israel of its sovereignty over East Jerusalem. My respect for Rice grows daily.

It is not likely that Israel will send in troops to East Jerusalem to make sure that its will is followed on its own territory. The cojones that Olmert needs to do that were long ago stored in a jar. Where, I cannot say. That is probably the biggest state secret of this "acting" cabinet in Jerusalem. To be sure, Olmert has donned a fig leaf to cover the embarrassing absence of those cojones. Last night (10 January), I heard on Israel Broadcasting English News that the cabinet will decide at its next meeting whether to allow Arabs residing in East Jerusalem the right to vote in the "Palestinian Authority" elections.

All I can say is what is found in the song, "b'yahád nisród" (Together We'll Survive) by Subliminal - "ha'tzel yoshév babáyit u'mitpallél" - "The 'shadow' sits in the house and prays."

Our land is in the hands of a fool. Those of us whose hearts and souls are here pray for the welfare of the country and that the Almighty will work a miracle that we do not deserve.

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Blogger mario said...

Many people know the importance of self confidence and try to boost their own by using many different personal development models. Self confidence to most people is the ability to feel at ease in most situations but low self confidence in many areas may be due to a lack of self esteem. Low self esteem takes a more subtle form that low self confidence. So if you are tired of feeling not good enough, afraid of moving towards your desires and goals, feel that no matter what you do it is just never good enough, then your self esteem could do with a boost.
Every day we make decisions based on our level of self-esteem. We also exhibit that level of self esteem to those around us through our behaviour. 90% of all communication is non-verbal - it is not what you say but ho you say it that matters! Your body language, tonality and facial gestures can all tell a completely different story to your words. It is our behaviour which influences others and people react to us by reading our non-verbal communications. Have you ever met someone you just didn't like although on the surface they seemed polite and courteous, or you met someone who seemed to speak confidently yet you knew they were really frightened underneath and just displaying bravado?
Parental and peer influences play a major part in moulding our level of self-esteem when we are children and in our early years of adolescence. The opinions of the people closest to us and how they reacted to us as individuals or part of the group was a dominant factor in the processes involved in forming our self esteem.
As adults we tend to perpetuate these beliefs about ourselves and in the vast majority of cases they are ridiculously erroneous. It is time to re-evaluate our opinion of ourselves and come to some new conclusions about these old belief patterns.
Ask yourself some serious question:
Is your long-held view about yourself accurate? Do we respect the sources from which we derived these beliefs? Most of the negative feedback we bought into as we were growing up actually came from people we have little or no respect for and as adults we would probably laugh their comments away! Yet the damage to your self esteem was done when you were very young and you still carry it with you to this day.
Is it possible that even those people you respected, who influenced your self-worth, were wrong? Perhaps they had low self esteem also.
As adults we have the opportunity to reshape our self-esteem. Try to judge accurately the feedback you receive from people you respect. This process will allow you to deepen your understanding of yourself and expand your self-image. It will also show you were you actually need to change things about yourself and were you don't. Many people are striving to better themselves in areas where they are just fine or actually excelling and it is only because they have an inaccurate picture of themselves in their minds due to low self esteem!
Setting small goals and achieving them will greatly boost your self-esteem. Identify your real weakness and strengths and begin a training program to better your inter-personal or professional skills. This will support you in your future big life goals and boost your self-esteem and self confidence to high levels you didn't existed!
Learn to recognise what makes you feel good about yourself and do more of it. Everyone has certain things that they do which makes them feel worthwhile but people with low self esteem tend to belittle these feelings or ignore them.
Take inventory of all the things that you have already accomplished in your life no matter how small they may seem. Recognise that you have made achievements in your life and remember all the positive things that you have done for yourself and others. Take a note of your failures and don't make excuses like "I'm just not good enough" or "I just knew that would happen to me", analyse the situation and prepare yourself better for the next time. If someone else created success, regardless of the obstacles, then you are capable of doing the same! Remember everyone has different strengths and weakness so do not judge your own performance against that of another just use them as inspiration and know that what one human being has achieved so can another!
Surround yourself with people who respect you and want what is best for you - people who are honest about your strengths and will help you work through your weakness. Give the same level of support to them!
Avoid people who continually undermine you or make you feel small. These people are just displaying very low self esteem. As your own self esteem grows you will find that you are no longer intimidated by another's self confidence or success and you can actually be joyful for them! Do things you love to do and that make you happy. A truly happy person never has low self esteem they are too busy enjoying life! By getting busy living your life with passion and joy you will not be able to be self-consciousness.
If you find yourself feeling self-conscious in any situation focus on the fact that others can tell and many of them will be feeling the same. Be honest. People respond to someone better if they openly say "To tell you the truth I'm a bit nervous" rather than displaying bravo or fake confidence that they can see right through. Their reactions to you, will show your mind at a deep level, that there was actually nothing to be frightened of and everything is great. If someone reacts to this negatively they are just displaying low self esteem and very quickly you will find others noticing this! Really listen to people when they talk to you instead of running through all the negative things that could happen in your head or focusing on your lack of confidence. People respond to someone who is truly with them in the moment..
Breath deeply and slow down. Don't rush to do things.
Stop the negative talk! 'I'm no good at that' or "I couldn't possibly do that" are affirmations that support your lack of self esteem. Instead say "I have never done that before but I am willing to try" or "how best can I do that?". Which leads us to the last point - the quality of the questions you ask yourself s very important.
When you ask a question it almost always has a preposition in it. For example, "How did I mess that up?" presumes that something was messed up, a better way of phrasing the question would be "what way can I fix this quickly?", as this presumes you can and will fix it. Or "How am I ever going to reach my goal?" could be rephrased as "what way will lead me to my goal quicker" presumes that you are going to reach your goal! Get the picture? Change the quality of your questions and your results will change!
Practise these techniques and watch your self esteem rise day by day. subliminal messages

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