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A Statesman Departs

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At a time in American politics when everything is so contentious, we look towards the State of Israel and remember one of its great statesmen.  Former Prime Minister and lifetime public servant for the Jewish state Shimon Peres passed away yesterday at the age of 93.  For so many years I never knew the difference between a left-wing politician and a right-wing politician when it came to Israel’s heads of state.  Yes I knew that Menachem Begin was more to the right then most and Shimon Peres was more to the left, but when it came to defending Israel against its enemies when under attack, it has always been difficult to see a clear difference.  Why?  Because Israel’s leaders have lived lives as protectors of the Jewish people.  This is not about politics, it is about gratitude.  Today we should take a moment and remember a man who devoted his entire adult life to the service of the State of Israel.

Rest in Peace Shimon Peres and thank you.

 

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My hatred for Ronaldo stays on the pitch

hoaxI’ve never liked Cristiano Ronaldo.  I think he is arrogant, obnoxious, and with the exception of how he played for a few matches prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, very overrated. His Portugal National Soccer team plays a dirty aggressive style and has beaten some of my favorite teams.  So in that typical way a passionate sports fan will, I hate Ronaldo. However, I also know the dangers of attacking someone incorrectly. Apparently the story claiming he refused to exchange shirts with an Israeli player is as made up as the pictures you see here showing Ronaldo and a photoshopped picture above Lionel Messi with a photshopped picture.  The real story, a story that incidentally took place at least a year ago is that he didn’t exchange his jersey with a fellow Portuguese player that was already wearing an Israeli jersey.  The truth is that during his trip to Israel he happily posed on Tel-Aviv beach, commented publicly about enjoying Israel and is even pictured smiling and shaking the hand of Shimon Peres.  So until I hear otherwise, I will continue to hate Ronaldo the way I hate any athlete who I consider the enemy…in a game.  In real life it appears the guy may not be that bad after all.

As anyone who has read my writing knows, I am never bashful when it comes to going after someone I feel is an enemy of Israel and the Jewish people.  But despite my somewhat poor-sport dislike for Ronaldo, Portugal beat Holland and England too much for my liking, I won’t attack someone if I don’t see it as warranted.  I’ll just root against him on the pitch.

We have enough real enemies that we don’t need to make them up.

 

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Lionel Messi, Shimon Peres, and a kick in the whoops

If you watch this video you will see that Lionel Messi was not ready when Shimon Peres hit this ball and ended up getting hit in a place God did not intend to get hit by soccer balls.  Ironically you could say that after this incident Messi actually has more reason to dislike Israel than most, yet he doesn’t.  Why? Because he is an intelligent and decent individual and of course this was all in good fun.  Good luck in the FIFA 20144 World Cup Final Mr. Messi.