Friday, April 23, 2010

Israel 62nd Independence Day: Pictures from the Beach


"Matkot" literally means paddles, is a fast game played on the beach. Using a hard rubber ball, each player hits as hard as he can toward the other side. The idea is to keep the ball going as long as you can. Good players can volley back an forth for 10 to 20 minutes easily. /© 2010


Brezlev religious movement is founded on Rabbi Nachman from Brezlev, they dance and blare music on the promenade next to the Tel Aviv Beach. These are interesting believers bringing back happiness and lightness in practice. / © 2010

Tel Aviv "tayelet" literally means "a path for a trip", is a promenade along the Mediterranean coast. Running along all of Tel Aviv's western edge, there are a few hundred meters of beach all the way to the water. The promenade is lined with hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. On a warm day the area is full of beach goers, trourists and locals out to relax and people watch.  / © 2010

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

More Pictures of Tel Aviv (March 2010): Port, Lights, Olive Flowers, Storm

Two previous picture posts [First] and [Second] on this blog

On a warm spring evening, as the sun dipped behind the horizon, Hilton hotel guests, mothers with strollers and small children and a few couples ended up at Independence park. Just north of the Hilton hotel, the park is a tiny piece of land on a cliff between the Hilton and the renovated Tel Aviv port. It overlooks Tel Aviv's beaches and the city from the highest point on the coast.

Azrieli tower complex (a round, triangle and square buildings) is one of Tel Aviv's most visible landscape. It stands by itself at the eastern border of the city just at the Ayalon highway. The Kaplan-Begin intersection outside Azrieli is one of Tel Aviv's busiest. The light flag faces the south and can be seen by drivers on the highway going north.
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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Israelis Worried About International Image

Israel is viewed in a harsh light recently with the media accusing the country or actually it's leaders, in not cooperating to come to a peace agreement with the Palestinians. President Obama is being betrayed as the proverbial "bad guy", at least here in Israel. After receiving a Nobel Peace Prize (some say prematurely), Obama is said to be pushing hard for an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. This situation does not bother Israelis. Plenty of leaders from the time the state was founder in 1948 and even before have tried to make Israelis and Palestinians to stop fighting. The ones who succeeded, Carter and Clinton, were not necessarily great international statesmen, but they somehow got the leaders of the two sides to stop for a moment, shake hands and sign an agreement.

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Building, Inventing and Innovating: Positive Attitude Under Stress, Israel's Culture

How do you describe a country's personality? How do you explain to someone how things are done in a different culture? or business environment? Israelis have been doing things their own way for such a long time, it is hard to most people to understand a unique and very different culture. Israelis are not at all like their American Jewish cousins, also they are not like their European Ashkenazi ancestors and certainly not like the Arabs surrounding cultures (and the Arab countries from where the Israeli Sephradi population came from.)

Israeli culture of creating is unique and can help others in becoming more creative, productive and constructive. Israelis have an 120 year record of building, inventing and innovating intensely. That attitude of doing the "hard-fun work" or what here is considered the "important work" gives Israelis pride and confidence. Some say over-confidence (or false bravado) at extreme cases. Israelis are known to be overly optimistic about their abilities. For most Israelis culture and history also gives a sense of reality and a "can do" attitude. I think this is the most crucial difference between Israeli and people in other countries. In some countries, like the US after World War II this was the case. American won the biggest world war so now Americans felt like they could do anything. For a generation, this attitude propelled the American economy and society which became the envy of the world. Attitudes are developed in Israelis as a cultural element from early age. It makes sense when you are here and you see and experience how Israelis think and work. It is very strange for foreigners with different cultural attributes to understand (or even believe) Israelis describe this attitude. A combination of historical success and strong personality gives the country a truly unique behavior.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010