Although the Palestinians are Arabs and ethnically unlike the Iranians, a similar question exists, that of whether or not they also can be trusted to live up whatever might be agreed to in negotiations to reach a two-state solution to the ongoing dispute between the Palestinians and Israel. If they have their own state on the West Bank, augmented by Israeli land swaps so that Israeli settlements might remain in portions of it, and are given a capital in East Jerusalem, can they be counted on to remain “de-militarized,” to fully recognize the legitimacy of the State of Israel, to permanently renounce a desire to “take back” Israel and to end anti-Israeli teaching in their schools? This is the deal which is presently being negotiated. Many in Israel say “No” to these questions and object to a two-state solution, not trusting the Palestinians to permanently live up to whatever they agree to in order to get their state.
Israeli President Shimon Peres, John Kerry and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in a seemingly agreeable pose.
Then the young man cast a glance backward, dismissing the old couple as if they were bugs. He grabbed a handful of pop corn from the cup which he shared with his partner and took out his I Phone, allowed it to light up. Ignoring the fact that his I Phone was shedding distracting flashes of light he began texting. This rudeness charged up Vincent’s pressure. His wife, Josie, sensed his increasing wrath which was coming upon them like the dark clouds of an approaching hurricane. Josie wanted to ask Vincent to move over. Vincent had other ideas. He softly tapped the shoulder of the man.
A Wasted Monday
About a month ago, I planned a midweek trip up to New York to visit with my daughter and grandson. There was plenty of time, so I purchased a round trip ticket at a fair price online. Usually, I prefer to deal directly with the airlines on which I am flying (after I pin down the flights I want and the price I want on www.kayak.com). This time, since the most desirable flights had me flying north to LaGuardia on one airline on a Monday and returning on another four days later, I choose to book my flight through www.expedia.com to simplify the booking procedure. I knew I would have to pay a bit more ($7) to do it that way, but it was worth it to me not to have to deal with two separate airline web sites. And Expedia did a good job, providing me with all of the information I needed including confirmation codes for both airlines involved.
A call to Expedia’s customer service line indicated a two hour wait for an agent, so I called the airline’s site which only had a 25 minute wait. There a nice lady (in the USA, not outsourced) thought she might get me on a flight later that night, but confided that she suspected that would also be cancelled and really advised against it. The best she could do was Wednesday morning. Biding her adieu, I tried the airline’s customer service desk where a local agent confirmed that Wednesday was the best they could do, but “Hold on,” she said. “Something just opened up first thing early tomorrow morning to JFK.” “Sold,” I said, but when she looked at my boarding papers, she said, “Sorry, we can’t switch you to that since you purchased it through Expedia. You gotta call them.”
NOT THE USUAL COMCAST EXPERIENCE
My negative initial judgments resulted from our prior week’s tortured chasing of a plethora of Comcast telephone reps around the world that failed to produce a fix that lasted. And, I was having flashbacks to the failure of previous Comcast servicemen to provide permanent solutions.
Yes, Yes, Mr. Sid. I understand you want to commend Mr. Troy, but first, would you like to order up the pay-per-view Extreme Bullfighting Championships on April 31 in Cordoba?