I have to admit that 2021 wasn’t an easy year for me. I have grown and changed, made progress and learned new things about myself. With that being said I also did not meet my goals for the year, lost loved ones, and had a very difficult year overall.
When people around me were excited to celebrate NYE I was sad and definitely was not in the mood of celebrating. I realized though, that I really was concentrating only on the bad experiences I’ve had, completely ignoring all the good memories and the progress I have been through.
So, for this upcoming year, I wish myself to be happy, set goals and focus on progress instead of achievements. I do know now that it is okay not to be 100% all the time and I hope that 2022 is going to be a great on for all!
Before leaving her beloved position as chancellor of one of the strongest nations in Europe and in the world, Angela Merkel pays a visit to the leading nation of the Middle East. This is a very important visit as Merkel is known for a strong support of Israel. This, however, is not what I want to address. The great nation transferred 100 million dollars to the Palestinian authorities and there are many who are frustrated with prime minister Naftali Bennett for not stopping this act.I can understand their frustration and here’s why:
Germany transferred this amount to the Palestinian authorities to support Palestinian citizen in the area, and even though there are great intentions behind this act, it will definitely hurt Israeli citizens (both Jewish, Arab, and other minority groups) one way or the other.
First of all, this money will 100% not go to the welfare of the Palestinian citizens, but rather to support Hamas and terror acts against Israeli citizens. So let me measure you, the citizens will not see a penny.
If this is not enough of a problem, Palestinian authorities will use the money to invade more territory in C Regions, through building more villages and expanding their agricultural fields. I am a big supporter of co- existence, especially in controversial places such as this, but the whole point of an act like this one is to push Israel to the corner as Israel knows that as soon as they will try to take back control over the C regions, the world will turn against Israel and will accuse it for inhuman acts and harm to innocent people. The worst thing of all is that it will probably be true because the “invaders” are most likely to be ordinary citizens who have nothing to do with Hamas and harming them will actually be a crime.
If I was part of the Israeli authority, I would use my resources for a campaign, showing what is actually going on in Israel. The main problem and the reason to why there is so much support to the Palestinians in the media is their great campaign on social media. Weather you actually support Palestine or completely clueless about the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, the news, social media are all supporting and spreading the Palestinians as the main victims of the story (I do believe that there is some truth in that) and therefore spreading the Palestinian side of the story, completely neglecting the Israeli side (which in fact I do not think is perfect and could have done better to go towards the Palestinians). Of course there are many other reason to why Israel is actually losing this conflict on the global level (anti- semitism is a big one) but bad campaign is the main one.
It has been over a week since the first violent protest on the Israel- Gaza border. Hamas is negotiating with Israeli government about the Qatari money, meant to improve the lives of the Palestinians in Gaza, yet both sides didn’t reach an agreement. As a result, Hamas calls to all Palestinian citizens in Gaza to protest.
However, in one of the protests, an armed terrorist approached to the border and shot as point- blank range, Israeli Border Police Barel Shmueli, who is still fighting for his life. Israeli government has received a lot of criticism for its conduct in relation to the soldiers and the commands given to them. How is it possible that a terrorist approaches to the border and not only wasn’t stopped but also could injure an Israeli soldier with almost nothing to stop him?
Hamas also launched incendiary balloons, that burn Israeli agricultural fields in the area, and harm the livelihood of farmers. Again, Israeli government didn’t respond and received a lot of criticism for that as well. Only after a few days of going back and forth with Hamas, Israel attacked terror target in Gaza.
Last Friday, Prime Minister Naftali Benett met President of the United States, Joe Biden and as part of the meeting, discussed the Palestinian situation in Gaza. President Biden promised to help ensure the safety of Israel agains terrorism and reach peach with the Palestinians. At the moment, the protests on the border continue, as well as launching of incendiary balloons and Israeli attack of terror targets in Gaza.
As for today, over 100 cars were sent to Gaza today and there are over 500 cars intended to be sent soon! In addition, Egypt wants to re-open Rafiah Crossing for the citizens as long as Hamas shows more interest in finding a common ground with Israel.
I wish that leaders of both sides will be able to put personal interests aside, reach an agreement and stop the violent riots on the border. Moreover, I really hope citizens of both Israel and Gaza will be able to enjoy safety and peace soon.
I did it! I finally finished my military service which means… colourful nails! I missed the freedom of choosing the perfect colour to express feelings or just match my outfits throughout each season. For this special occasion, I decided to paint my nails in red. This was probably one of the most exciting moments I had this week. I know that I share this feeling with many of my girl friends but this does not apply to my guy friends, why?
When I ask guys about men painting their nails I almost immediately get answers like “nail polish is for girls” or “only women care about getting their nails done,” which might have been true 20 years ago but not anymore. More than that, even those who are interested in applying nail polish wouldn’t say anything about it so that their friends would make fun of them. Our society have changed so much and for some reason it seems like when we talk about some basic actions that defined femininity and masculinity in the past are still applicable in the present. This is true to other aspects as well: clothing, home chores, sports, occupation and even education. Gender roles and gender inequality are not supposed to be a thing in or lives and the question is what can we do to make this gap a little smaller?
First, accept people’s way of expressing themselves, regardless of their gender or identity. If we give each other a safe place to be who they are, we’ll get a community that all its individuals can freely and safely express their true selves.
Second, raise awareness! It is great that each one of us has mad a step towards a safer community but that’s not enough to make a change. T o make an actual change we need more and more people to progress. The best way is to talk about issues regarding gender roles and norms with friends, family, neighbours or even share content on social media.
Lastly, educate! In my opinion, this one is the most important one to actually build a stable community. To make sure a change isn’t just a temporary change we need to make sure that next generations understand this as well. It is so important to talk with young kids about this because they eventually will become the adults that teach their kids and so on. Moreover, if from a young age we make sure that kids know that gender roles are only imaginary roles, it will be so obvious for them that they can do whatever they want and become whoever they want (with hard work and dedication of course)!
This is, like many other changes society had faced throughout history, is a progress. It will not happen tomorrow. With that being said I hope that soon our global community will be a safe place to all its individuals, regardless of gender, identity or ethnicity.
For a very long time I have been struggling with many difficulties. It started with “Shomer Hachomot” and ended up with other personal things that I was trying to find a way to cope with.
For many reasons I felt like I have no one to be there for me, even though I had so much support from many of my friends. Realising that I grow up over the time and very soon will be responsible for myself didn’t make things any better. After a very long time I realized that what’s best for me is to take a break from everything that I have my mind on and decided to go on a vacation to Eilat with my friends.
I am not going to go on the details of every adventure we were on, yet there was something special about these four days in this exotic city. I learned that life is beautiful and that we should do our best and take the most out of it. To be grateful for what we have and learn from anything and anyone we can. I understood the importance of friendship. I am so thankful for my friends that were able to tolerate my and the dark sides of my personality. I learned to experience and decide what’s best for me, and set my boundaries if needed.
Now that I am back home, thinking about all the different things that bother me on a regular basis, I realise how much more I can make out of my life. I am so thankful for everything that I have and have experienced up to this point of my life. I really do hope to make the best out of it.
Very soon I will be responsible for so many things, including my future and welfare. Childhood will be completely behind me. Growing up is very intimidating not going to lie. At least now I came in peace with my inner self. I forgive myself for my mistakes and look forward to get better life for my family friends and myself as well.
To conclude my thoughts I added some pictures from my spiritual vacation: