Shana Tova to all my friends in Boulder Colorado.
As we all know it was not an easy year for any of us here in Israel. We were forced to wage a war against Hamas in Gaza after eight years of non-stop rain of Qassam Rockets on towns and settlements near the Gaza Strip. We are still waiting for Gilad Shalit to join his parents after more than three years of captivity by Hamas in Gaza.
Unfortunately Israel’s standing in the international arena has not improved in the past year, especially in Europe where the internal Muslim growth is a concern to many of the European countries and is causing the wave of the new antisemitism which stems from anti-Israel sentiments.
With all that in mind plus the economic Tsunami of late last year, Israel:
- went to elections,
- overcame most of the difficulties in their economy, even though the unemployment rate remains just over 8%,
- improved the relationship with the most important Arab country in the region, Egypt,
- we hope for constructive talks with the Palestinians in the near future and
- we are all praying that the coming new Jewish year will bring salvation to Israel (the new Jewish Year is התש”ע, which comes from the root of the word for “salvation”).
I would like to wish all of us a new year of peace in the world, improved economy, much health and a fulfilment of the dreams of each and every one of us.
Shaul Amir served as Shaliach to Denver in the early 1990’s and again as Director of Allied Jewish Federation’s Israel Center from 2002 – 2006. He now lives in Tel Aviv with his wife Kika, and serves as ISIME’s Director in Israel as well as the Vice President of REAL Housing Ltd. He has graciously agreed to write occasional updates and columns for the Boulder Jewish News.