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This wont hurt…..

01/28/09 | by Nosson Halevi [mail] | Categories: Uncategorized

Who does not have an anecdote about someone telling you “this won’t hurt..”. You can bet your bottom Shekel that it did hurt.

Why are you so sure? Because if the speaker did not have any inkling that it would hurt, he would not have mentioned it. The causing pain was at the forefront of his mind, and that is why he said it.

Why did he lie? Had he told the truth, you would have taken action to stop him.

And this is the key to reading political statements. Whatever a politician tells you he will not do, you can be assured that this is his main plan of action.

Lets look at some examples: Jan 28, 2009 :

1. Jerusalem Post

a. Opening the Gaza crossings is linked to solving the issue of captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told US Mideast envoy George Mitchell ….

b. Netanyahu says Israeli withdrawal from parts of the capital will bring terror to heart of the city.

2. Arutz 7

a. (IsraelNN.com) To consider dividing Jerusalem is a “pathetic failure of imagination,” says Prof. Uzi Arad. “Given the city’s significance, it is unthinkable to split it up merely to solve a tactical problem.”

b. (IsraelNN.com) Likud party chairman and Knesset Opposition leader MK Binyamin Netanyahu warned at the Jerusalem Conference Wednesday that the Obama administration and leftist Israeli politicians will try to internationalize holy sites in Jerusalem -- and he vowed to fight the move.

c. (IsraelNN.com) Olmert similarly clarified to Mitchell that establishing a ceasefire in the region is contingent on an end to firing of rockets and mortar shells, the end to terrorist activities in Gaza, and the end to smuggling of weapons into Gaza. “Israel will respond if the understanding of the two parameters will be breached,” Olmert stated.

What was on the forefront of their minds when they made the above statements?


Living in Israel can be fun, but you need a great sense of humour and infinite patience


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