Dear colleagues and partners in travel, Last week we sent you an Israel update and I promised you another, so here, it is – First and foremost, the response to our last update from hundreds of you by phone, email and Facebook was overwhelming. Thank you for your personal care about my family and friends, who are all doing well, and thank you so much for your support of Israel. I just finished a call with a pastor currently leading a pilgrimage in Israel. He told me that the Galilee is sunny and peaceful and the entire group is looking forward to their arrival in Jerusalem next week. During their touring, they have seen many other pilgrim groups. He told me that, as pilgrims, they travel faithfully and fearlessly in God’s care. It only reiterates what Ya’lla Tours, as well as the Israel Ministry of Tourism, keeps saying, that, in spite of the difficult images we all see on TV, life in Israel, including tourism, remains almost normal. Many of you have asked me what I think of the situation. My view is not that important; as an Israeli, I’m subjective and support Israel 100%. It is clear to me, as well as to almost 90% of the Israeli public, that this is a justified military operation, one that was needed after 14 years of constant shelling from Hamas in Gaza to Israel. We don’t like to see the devastating images that come from Gaza of children, women and other innocent victims of this conflict. If not for Israeli anti-missile technology, we would see similar images coming from Israel. More than 2,700 rockets have been fired from Gaza into Israel in the last 24 days. Israel is paying a high price with the blood of its best soldiers to end this threat to innocent Israelis. I am constantly monitoring the Israeli media and they all predict that we are in the last round of this battle and in the next few days, as talks are being held in Cairo, this will be over. The day after is the day that those of us in the travel industry who want to show our support of Israel can do so in the best way we know how: sell travel to Israel. I want to thank you all for your continued support of Israel and I’m looking forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Ronen Paldi, president Ya’lla Tours USA
From Ya’lla Tours…a little fun…
The answer to the last episode (S1E3) is: OMAN.
Clue 1 – the traditional sailing vessel of the region is the dhow
Clue 2 – camel races
Clue 3 – the tomb of Bin Ali near Mirbat
Clue 4 – the Dhofar region of southern Oman
Clue 5 – a frankincense tree
Clue 6 – Al Alam Palace in Muscat
Click to see tours to Oman.
Now for this episode –
All the clues in this post refer to one Ya’lla Tours destination: Bahrain, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Turkey, or United Arab Emirates.
We’ll show you images of popular tourist sites in our mystery country, along with descriptions of those sites.
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March 27, 2008
For a short time this evening I was transported back to 1965.
It was a hot summer night, the parents were sitting on the front porch, and the block was filled with kids running back and forth.
As it got darker thousands of lightening bugs glowed like lights on an all encompassing tree.
The block was alive!
I now live in the house I grew up in, after a twenty year absence. It’s a blessing and a curse. When things happen now I tend to go back in time and remember what it was like then. On this block. In this house.
My front door was flung open. Same with the back. There was no noise in the house: no radio, no television, no fans going, no microwave. Nothing.
The power was out.
Had been for hours.
A line of storms had passed over the Chicago, with boiling thunderheads and long craggily lighting strikes.
One of them hit a transformer or something, and it blacked out the area.
Everybody was forced outdoors.
I just lay on my bed and listened.
When I was a kid, air conditioning was not common. With the exception of a few monstrous window units, AC was just another science fiction type thing, like flying cars, ovens that cooked things by radio waves and video telephones. A dream. A cool dream.
At night in the summer you sweated yourself to sleep and tossed and turned in discomfort. Sometimes you convinced your parents to let you “camp out” in the backyard. You had some fans and an open window, but that was it. The sheets were drenched.
Nothing was working this afternoon and evening, nothing that took alternating current, courtesy of Commonwealth Edison. No TVs. No radios. No sound systems. No Game-boys. Nothing.
The kids came out. The parents came out.
They sat on the front porches. Not on the decks in the back, which weren’t the style in 1965, but on the small concrete steps. Most just sat on the steps, as the chairs and other comforts were way off in the backyard.
Everybody could see what everybody else was up to. No kids could get in trouble, as many sets of parental eyes were on guard.
It was really like a return trip to when I was a boy. Like then, the kids this evening were catching lightening bugs in jars.
Then the clocks started blinking and refrigerators started to hum and the noise was more inside than out. The blue lights of the televisions came on again, radios played, and 2007 was restored.
Soon the porches were empty, the lights were on, and the past was again the past
By Kyna Perry…
Words are useless when you listen to the quiet of scenes that have not changed since the beginning of time….
Safety flaw in the Boeing 777 exposed… Is this how MH370 disappeared? Hat tip to http://blog.thetravelinsider.info/ How about letting Boeing know the whole world knows. This same flaw is on some 767 and 747 aircraft.
I mean, really, some tree houses are more secure.
Besides rockets showering down on Israel, there are the tunnels. See Hamas Tunnels of Death… report.
These are not “escape” tunnels; they are tunnels of invasion and for trapping Israeli soldiers.
You haven’t seen these on the Alphabet Soup of News that is force-fed into our houses each day.
These are tunnels of death.