Tel Aviv Diary November 13-18, 2016 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

Tel -Aviv Diary - November 13-18, 2016 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

November 13, 2016

in addition to our tri-weekly workout, we decided to try the exercise machines up the road from us. ten repeats of each machine and now i'm dead. is it the machine or is it me?

Now I've been thinking that the same is true of politics. Some friends talked yesterday incessantly about this terribly damaging program of Ilana Dayan that absolutely destroyed Sara Netanyahu, so late last night i purchased the program and watched every piece of evidence, but couldn't get past the idea that if someone did a documentary attack on me, it would be damaging as well. Let's see - i think there was a graduate assistant who worked for me and laughed at me behind my back to her boyfriend about thirty years ago. So if they interviewed him I'd sound like an idiot. And there was a cleaner i fired after almost 10 years because she had become really slack, but she was really great and I was sorry i never saw her again after i gave her a big bundle of money in compensation. She might have mentioned in an interview that I started getting angry with her near the end because of the dirty floors. So as much as I dislike the couple who govern our country like Mr. and Mrs. Macbeth, I really don't trust the media.

November 14, 2016

Ruvik Rosenthal and Dori Ben Zeev - a pair I couldn't imagine together on a stage. Rosenthal is a dry looking German JEwish researcher of the Hebrew language and Ben Zeev is a singer announcer with the craziest sense of humor ever. And they appear together in a program about the hebrew language and how it evolves. It's just short of kitsch but highly entertaining.

My totally schizo-neighbor stopped me on the stairs to ask me to calm down our mutual neighbor who is going for a hip operation and is scared. I wanted to kiss her hand but she stopped me and warned me to take care of my health because that will keep my husband healthy and happy as well. This is a woman who talks to all the german enemies who come to her at night and speak to her through her paintings.

November 15, 2016

The Trump victory continues to be the subject of all conversation. Even though my major activities today included the dentist and the osteopath and a few other individuals, there was no other major subject. but there were innumerable opinions. the 'you got what you deserve' of people from former enemies of the US, with the assurance that Putin is behind the whole affair, was the most common idea i encountered. The other major concept was that Trump will be able to put Bibi in place. If Trump says 'sit down at the negotiating table' he'll do it. Only my American-Israeli friends were simply depressed.

November 17, 2016

For some strange reason we have been following a tv series called "Taagad" which is about a medical unit in some remote army base where little happens. as far as we can see it's targeted to young adults because there's a lot of the plot elements of the younger generation as victims of all kinds of irrational activity of the older generation. but last night i understood why we anticipate each episode and watch as soon as it is on. Because it is how we feel about our own lives. That governments - all of them - have nefarious reasons for controlling our lives and blaming us for the effects of the crimes they commit. It's like Nancy Drew - except we only know what is going on without ever being able to prove it. And in the case of Ta'agad, it is individuals higher up who are doing all kinds of things behind our backs that can harm us. And they have the authority.

November 18, 2016

I would hate to be a Muslim in the U.S. right now. The atmosphere is beginning to remind me of what it was like to be a Jew during the Rosenberg trial. But I have been feeling paranoid for months now, so you don't know whether you can trust me. In the few times I've looked up the stats on this site there was always someone on line from Washington. I kind of like that i have such a dutiful fan, even though i doubt whether i could add any information of significance. wouldn't it be exciting if i COULD know more than everyone else and could influence the US government?

Now that I think of it my father was also paranoid - yesterday was the anniversary of both my parents' death. My father 31 years ago and my mother 29 years ago to the day. They were very careful to follow all laws and rules in the states once they immigrated, and since it was during the McCarthy era, they worried about not being in touch with any potential unamerican contacts. I wonder how much this fear of the cold war prevented them from even looking for surviving relatives in the USSR. Of course on the other side of the border there was also fear. When my mother found that one of her nephews had actually survived the war, she wrote right away but was warned by him that her correspondence could be construed as unpatriotic and endanger him and his four sons.

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