Tuesday, August 21, 2007

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Propagated Misconceptions

by Akiva at Mystical Paths, crossposted at DovBear.

...She left her high-powered, high-paid job as a Wall Street lawyer and moved to Israel in 1984. ... Baras moved her family to Karnei Shomron, a settlement deep inside the West Bank.

"Just by building my house ... I was strengthening the Jewish presence here in Samaria," she said, referring to a biblical name for the northern part of the West Bank....

Here we find CNN propagating their misconceptions again. "Deep inside the West Bank." Karnei Shomrom is a 15 minute ride from Kfar Saba. How far do you drive in 15 minutes? To the local mall? Local grocery store? 15 freaking minutes. It's 30 minutes to Ariel, that's central West Bank, 45 minutes to Elon Moreh, that's about as far in as qualifies as West Bank, and another 20 minutes to the Jordan Valley (which, I guess, is past the West Bank.)

For perspective, it takes 15 minutes to drive from the KOTEL to Kever Rochel, that's Bet Lechem (Bethlehem), supposedly another country (Philstine, ah, Palestine).

Perspective is an amazing thing. I recently had a Shabbos guest from Utrich, Holland. She mentioned she sometimes goes on a shopping trip to Berlin (Germany). I'm thinking, O M G, such distant traveling for shopping??? So I asked her, "how long does it take to get there." She answered, "about an hour and a half".

Apparently for this reporter, deep in the West Bank is a 1 hour trip from his hotel in Tel Aviv.

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