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Comment Re:Weaponized drones (Score 1) 49

In that sense, I would put forth that the violence on both sides is irrelevent and a distraction from the real problems of housing, job security, and opportunities for the young people.

At long last, an anti-Israeli sentiment that I do, actually, agree with.

So what's next? How do you improve the Palestinian housing, job security and opportunities, when any Dollar you put into the area goes into corrupt officials pockets? How do you give them opportunities, when Hammas will use those employment opportunities in order to carry out attacks?

Do you know that Hammas has viewed, up until not long ago (possibly still), the Palestinian poverty as an advantage? They're afraid that if the Palestinian standard of living increases, that the support they get will dwindle.

I'm not saying there's nothing Israel can do. I'm also happy to say that this point it finally getting more attention in Israel. Still, the Palestinian have had a lot of control over their own situation, for quite a lot of time now, and have, with the exception of Salam Fiad's short tenure as PM in the west bank, failed to use it to improve things.

Shachar

Comment Re:If you take 3 different steps to conf it public (Score 2, Insightful) 37

I think that a hidden service sees incoming traffic as originating from itself, as that's where the TOR node is that unwraps this traffic.

On my server, it was turned on despite me not turning it on (but, of course, not open to the outside). I don't know why, BTW.

Shachar

Comment Re:Pot meet kettle (Score 1) 37

No, not even close.

It is true that modern Hebrew is not the same as Biblical Hebrew. The later no one actually speaks these days (aside from recital during prayer). It is also true that modern Hebrew has many roots in Polish and German grammar (not so much Russian). It is also true that the vocabulary is affected by cultural neighbours, including Arabic and English. All of those, however, do not mean the language is dead. Quite the contrary.

It is a dead language that does not accept influences from other languages. Chutzpah is a Hebrew word (it arrived to English from Yiddish, but its origin is Hebrew). So is Armageddon, hallelujah, shibboleth, and many others. Far from suggesting this makes English a dead language, this is what live languages do.

Lastly, the Hebrew Language Academy estimates that modern Hebrew has around 75,000 to 80,000 unique expressions worthy of a dictionary entry. About ten times what you estimated.

Shachar

Comment Re: That sucks (Score 1) 276

Actually, it takes a little more than that.

A biased source of news may still be professional about it. If a source of news regularly publishes lies, drop it.

Assuming they do keep a minimal journalistic ethics regime, however, you still need to try to watch the bias points. It's best to try and get your news from more than one source, and compare the presentation, headlines, and differences.

The problem with bias is that it is catching. Humans are affected by the things not said more than they are by the things stated explicitly. This means that if you have an unconscious bias, you are more likely to cause others who listen to you to adopt that bias. This stands in the way of informed discussion.

The best way to fight it is to make the bias explicit. Point it out to yourself, so you can make your own opinions and biases (and everybody has those) somewhat related to that myth called "objective reality".

Shachar

Comment Re:Difficult to sympathize (Score 2) 276

The US Government will, if requested, allow you to hold two separate US passports so that you can visit relatives in Israel with one, and go to some of the middle-eastern nations with the other.

Last time I checked, that was not necessary. When entering Israel, you can tell the customs official that you want your passport not to be stamped. You will get an addendum page instead, and your passport will not show any signs you were in Israel, so you can enter those Arab countries.

It's old information, so don't rely on it without verifying.

Also, when were you in Israel, and why didn't you contact any of the local LUGs? I'm sure we would have loved to hear you talk.

Shachar

Comment Re:LOL (Score 1) 267

I've got a few reservations about your intelligence organisations after the Dubai death squad with Australian passports and other issues so I'll have to take their promises with a truckload of salt. As I tried to point out to you in an earlier discussion truth has been a very early casualty of war with the current situation and current administration.

Intelligence organizations keeping secrets has nothing to do with the Israeli-Palestinain conflict. All intelligence agencies anywhere keep their operations secret. This has nothing to do with our previous, for lack of a better word, discussion.

Shachar

Comment Re:LOL (Score 1) 267

Doesn't the contradiction between those two statements imply that it's business as usual despite some recent pledge?

I think you are mistaken as to when the pledge was made. It was not made when Polard was released. It was made when he was caught. Not recent in any way.

As for the apparent contradiction, the simple answer is that I just don't know. Like others have pointed out, the information might not have come from outright spying.

Like I said in my original message, I do believe that Israel does not employ full scale espionage effort, but I also don't believe it is as non-existent as some might have you believe. I do seem to remember one case of an American stepping into an Israeli embassy offering to spy for Israel, and Israel deferring the matter to the FBI. I don't recall any specifics, though.

Shachar

Comment Re:LOL (Score 1, Interesting) 267

I tend to agree. However, these days things seem to be a little more complicated than that.

There is a Hebrew proverb that goes: A cat burned by boiling water will fear lukewarm ones.

Pres. Obama made a promise not to spy on friendly nations. If we take him to his word (ha!), then we can deduct who he considers his friends and not. It seems like Israel and Turkey are in the later categories, which has now turned into a diplomatic matter.

Another thing compounding this particular case was that the eavesdropping started out as having military strategic nature (making sure Israel does not attack Iran without letting the US know about it), but transitioned into purely political aim. That is decidedly not why the NSA has been formed.

Another thing compounding this discussion is the asymmetry of the situation. While it seems like it is okay for the US to spy on Israel, since Polard, Israel has pledged not to spy on the US. I know the Israeli leadership, as well as the security services, take this pledge very seriously. While I doubt that it is being as fanatically adhered to as official speakers claim, I have no doubt it is a very prominent guideline directing decisions.

Then again, Israel did leak internal details from the Iran negotiations, details that it was not officially exposed to. One has to wonder how those were acquired.

Like I said, this is a complicated scenario.

Shachar

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