At a time when so much bad news is being widely reported, I thought I might share what I consider to be good news for Israel. Please feel free to add to this list as the events warrant:
1. There has been a new settlement drive in the West Bank.
The BBC reports:
"A group of Jewish settlers in the West Bank has launched a controversial campaign to attract more Israelis to join them.
Settlers in the Binyamin area say they aim to bring 1,000 families - about 4,500 people - to their 32 settlements by the end of the year. At present an estimated 29,000 settlers live in the area.
The organisers say no new building will be required, and that the newcomers would move into vacant homes...
The head of the settlement project in the Binyamin area, Elazar Sela, says his goal was "to bring some 1,000 families to the Binyamin area in order to... give new life and new impetus to all that is called settlements".
Mr Sela estimates that there are about 200 vacant houses in the Binyamin area, plus about 50 available for rent and about 50 mobile homes, making a total of 300..."
Certain groups in Israel are opposed to this initiative but, in the end, the facts on the ground will determine the final outcome.
I used to think that the settlements should be kept under control, but now seeing the way things unfolded in the past 2 years of the Palestinian Jihad-genocide against Jews, I have come to believe that one of the most effective ways to counter Palestinians terrorism is to expand the Jewish presence in the land of Israel. At least until a peace agreement is in place that determines a mutually-agreed international border.
2. While the Palestinians are still living in their mideval world of feudalism, Israel rejoins the space-age with the imminent launch of the Ofek 5 satellite. btw - With Ofek 1 launched in 1998, Israel became the eighth country to launch its own satellite. (Ofek is Hebrew for horizon).
But an equally exciting aspect of this launch is the Shavit rocket used to launch the Ofek satellite. The Shavit (Hebrew for Comet), is thought to be a rocket capable perhaps of carrying a conventional (or non-conventional) missile not only to any point in the Middle East, but also well beyond the Middle East. It is used for both the launch of the Ofek satellite, as well as the Jericho-2 missile.
In addition to its long-range missiles capabilities, Israel is also interested in promoting the Shavit as a commercial space launcher.
Back to my original point, it is not only Israel's military superiority that is the good news, but also Israel's scientific advancement that is world-class, in contrast to the primitive third-world conditions of its Arab enemies.