Shabbat in Tel Aviv
For Shabbat tonight we went downstairs to celebrate with our new friends at the Mersand Cafe. Tel Aviv is not a religious city but at our local coffee shop they have a special welcoming of the Sabbath every Friday night, tonight we enjoyed some live music featuring a guitar player and a female singer. The music was good, not great, but interestingly most of her songs were in English. One was even about California, imagine that!
We went to a Judaica shop today looking to buy a cheap Chanukkiyah, as Chanukkah does start the day after tomorrow, and encountered a friendly shop owner named Ruben. Ruben expressed to us that Israeli's typically view George Bush favorably because not only has been a huge ally to Israel, he has been less pushy towards the Israeli government with regards to the peace process. He felt that Clinton had been very aggressive in formulating peace in the Middle East. It got me thinking about about all the famous photos you see of Rabin and Clinton and X foreign minister, Clinton is always the centerpiece of every one of those photos... Clinton really wanted Middle Eastern peace to be his living legacy. I wonder what Bush wants?