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: Remaining Hopeful
We decided to break this silence to report that a ceasefire has gone into effect in Gaza for 12 hours. It is a ceasefire that was proposed by the UN for humanitarian Purpose. A longer ceasefire proposed by the United States was rejected forcefully by Israel. It appears that the ceasefire was not even made public yet when Israel rejected it.

Palestinians are outraged because they believe that they are under siege, they have been fragmented, their lands have been confiscated and they have little or no hope. Clashes have continued as Fatah called for a day of rage--as Israel continues its' own narrative on the justification for the punishing campaign it has launched in Gaza--while continuing its' brutal policies in the West Bank. The Palestinian casualty count has surpassed 800. We added our name to a petition initiated by J Street, a Jewish Advocacy Firm in Washington to push for a permanent and last cessation of hostitlies:

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We here at outsiders have been hopeful on peace initiatives before throughout all the various initiatives to our detriment. There is no other choice but hope. This sense of hope was exemplified by this "Happy" Clip which underscores what is within the realm of the possible:


: Ever So Thankful :-)

"Outsiders" will be dark til August 4. As this "labor of love" began with a sense of purpose and "hopefully" with a sense of love, there will continue to be the effort to do one's utmost to continue to create a "ordinary face" outlook and reflect upon a World that is ever so challenging. Although there will be stumbles, it will continue to be driven by a sense of love as Van Gogh reminded us--and as this admonition courtesy of the ever perceptive Jonathan Lockwood Huie which was received here @ "outsiders" earlier tonight:

Understand the difference between "failing,"
which each of us does often,
and "being a failure,"
which is a state of mind no one should
ever allow themself to fall into.

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.

Know that your true self,
a spiritual being,
is always perfect.

: Being Witness to an Insanity that does not seem to End..
The War continues between Israel and Gaza. Despite the immense effort by the Israeli Army, Hamas continues to shoot rockets. One of the them landed a mile from Ben Gurion Airport which prompted the FAA in the United States to prohibit US Flights--which has been extended as this latest "newsflash" is being released.

John Kerry has arrived in Tel Aviv. There are a flurry of meetings going on Gaza residents continue to escape shelling. Over 100,000 Gazans have been misplaced and over 650 People have been killed. 33 Israeli Soldiers have lost their lives and the latest three were authorized to be released by the Israeli Defense Forces

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: A Tragic Day
Israel has just begun a land offensive inside Gaza after the ceasefire was broken. Israel24 is now live on the air with Lucy Aharish talking to her contacts in Gaza as the invasion has occurred to get a first hand perspective. Furthermore, Israel has called up additional reservists as well. This is the update from the Israeli Prime Minister's Office:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, this evening (Thursday, 17 July 2014), instructed the IDF to commence ground action to strike at the terrorist tunnels from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory. Hamas terrorists used such a tunnel to infiltrate into Israel this morning in order to perpetrate a large-scale attack against Israeli citizens. The IDF successfully thwarted this terrorist action.
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: Tough to Be Witness to History...But Remaining Hopeful....
It has been a challenging few days around the World. The War between Israel and Hamas is about to enter a cease fire even though there has been rockets being fired by Hamas into Israel as reported by Israel24 especially as the four Palestinian children were killed. It is striking that the Israeli Media is discussing in such an open way.

Events continue to be ever so fast moving. It is welcome news that the UN Special Envoy Robert Sorrey's request has been accepted by both sides as diplomacy continues to gather steam. It was with amusement how the Haaretz Defense Correspondent note how ironic it all was since Foreign Minister Lieberman had threatened to throw out the UN representative two weeks ago

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: Will Sanity Prevail?
As the war rages on, this alternative view was reported on earlier:

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: A Moment of Pause

: Hopefully Sanity Will Prevail

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: It is "BUDGETNAMO" Time....
The Modi Government in India is about to present its' first annual budget. The World awaits Finance Minister's Jaitley's speech in the Indian Parliament as it gears up. It is the advent of "Modinomics". The challenge of sprucing up growth while taming inflation are the key dual challenges. This is as the Spokesperson for Congress is calling the BJP to task on "mindless populism". But the engaging debate is ever so reminiscent of what happens in the United States. This is as the Finance Minister is carrying the "Briefcase" as in the tradition of the British Chancellor of the Exchequer. It is just fascinating to be witness to history.

Meanwhile, the War between Israel and Palestine continues. Israel has positioned it as a battle of equals. Even though the reality is otherwise. What George W. Bush noted as the "reality on the ground" is already been recognized. . It was noteworthy that the UN Secretary General noted that the situation was a "knife's edge". Even though the UN Security Council is yet to convene a meeting on the subject

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V-Thought 4 the Week: On Living

July 9th 2014 23:56
: Speaks for itself :-)
A Thoughtful Manifesto....

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