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Israel- A Haunted Land

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(Notes of the American Tourist)

 

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Haunted means ‘feeding place for animals’

Stephen King, IT

 

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I spent about a week in Israel recently, invited by friends of ours, the emigrants from the former Soviet Union, like us. We lived with them and traveled to several places mostly for fun and talk because we had not seen each other for 20 years or so. We also met many interesting people. It was my first visit to the Holy Land and surely, I was an American tourist on a prowl, an Innocent Abroad, following the immortal path of Mark Twain. In his footsteps I try here to be humorous and caustic while loving and understanding at the same time.

 

  1. Why I understand the Ancient Romans much better now

 

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In the mountains of Galilee, close to the Lebanese border the sky is cloudless and it is so silent. But it is not far from the Jut- Phat, the infamous fortress where Joseph, the Jewish rebel general made his final stand in the first Judean war against the legions of Vespasian, then surrendered while pursuing all his other comrades to commit suicide. By the current standards Joseph was a fanatical terrorist, an ancient Jewish shahid, although he afterwards gained glory as a famous Joseph Flavius, the historian of Rome and Judea.

Not to denigrate the courage of the Jewish uprising I have to say that I surely understand the problem Romans faced: in Judea they faced an ‘organized disorder’. That is the people of the country reflected in their everyday life the actual nature of it.

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The writer is 57 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.

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