Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Etmol, Hayom, v'Mahar - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

As I mentioned in my last post, this is the first week of class for the Israeli students. There have been groups on campus all week. Yesterday, I got my BGU towel and tote bag from the student association. One of the banks on campus is giving out free ice cream to students who have an account with them or open one up. When I told them I am only here for five months, leave at the end of December, don't want an Israeli bank, etc, they gave up and gave me free ice cream anyway :-) They have awesome names on their fake credit cards - "Israel Israeli"

Here are some pictures of what is going on on campus.

Today in my Arms Control & Nuclear Weapons class, we met with the cadets in the Israeli Air Force Officers program. The air force cadets spend one year of their training getting a degree and our professor also teaches in their program. We learned what life is like to become a pilot in Israel and talked about their lives and our lives.

I turned in detailed outlines for the papers I will be writing for my Arms Control class and my International Terrorism class. The topics are "Does Israel’s nuclear program make the country safer and increase its importance in international affairs?" and "The development of modern Jewish fundamentalism in Israeli politics and West Bank settlements and its lingering discrepancy with attempts towards a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict".

Tomorrow night I am going to Jerusalem with my friend Josh. We are going to stay in Jerusalem (maybe go to the shuk, Ben-Yehuda Street, Kotel, etc.) on Thursday night and then go to Hebrew University on Friday morning to meet a group sponsored by the Fuschberg Center for Conservative Judaism in Jerusalem and go to a Shabbaton on a Conservative Kibbutz in Northern Israel. We'll be stopping at a Druze village on the way. It should be a good time.

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