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Friends,

The world celebrates Christmas and we wish all our friends a very merry holiday season. We hope you are together with loved ones, and that you get a chance – together – to celebrate all that is good in our lives and our world. And may we know how to leave our mark, to better our surroundings and leave them more enriched.

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Back in Israel: The Netanyahu coalition always faced elections in November 2019. So when they tell you his government is being dismantled, look again. Israel’s going to elections just a few months early – April 9th, mark it down – lasting far longer than its naysayers would want you to believe. Our Prime Minister is a strong leader with support in so many corners. He’s led the work to expand support for Israel around the world, and has stood strong in the international arena in defense of our policies and actions. I personally hope that he is grooming someone to take over, if not now then in another four years, but either way it’d be nice to know that some of our next generation have stood in his shadow and learned from an expert, so that they can take this perspective, and adapt it for themselves as leaders.

We will take a closer look at the personalities in the current Cabinet and at those who are rising stars, to keep you up on the people and issues that will be at the core of the now-upcoming Israeli elections. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile in economic news the unrest in President Trump’s cabinet affected world markets, and Israel’s took another downward turn with the changes in the political scene. I’m sure the markets will bounce back and keep their usually upward climb, but it pays to watch and notice the real fluctuations as our leaders make changes.

I had the privilege of guiding some important guests in Israel this week, we enjoyed sunset from the northern Shomron mountains and the coastal Mediterranean Sea as well. Seeing this beautiful land through visiting eyes is a great way to remind ourselves why we are here. A thought on that from last century, still relevant today:

In the years before the Balfour Declaration, a member of the British House of Lords asked Chaim Weizmann, later the first President of Israel and a world famous chemist who helped Britain win World War 1:
“Why do you Jews insist on Palestine when there are so many undeveloped countries you could settle in more conveniently?”

Weizmann replied: “That is like my asking you why you drove 20 miles to visit your mother last Sunday when there are so many old ladies living on your street.”

Enjoy this beautiful sunset.

Sarah & Ruthie

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Sunset over the mountains, @Israel.

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