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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Ashkelon's mayoral Candidate Comments About Georgia-Russian War

6,000 Jews live in Georgia, live with a high economic status and rarely feel any anti-Semitism. An Ashkelon citizen and candidate for mayor, Shabtai Zur, spoke out about Georgia, which is now at war with Russia as of the last few days. He explained that President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia has made advancements in several fields since taking office. Now he has women enlisting in their army and making use of reservists. He remarked that South Ossetia and Abkhazia were always considered a part of Georgia. Zur lived in Georgia as a child and visited these two regions. 2008 happens to be a prosperous period, so it's a shame that this war is happening.

Israeli companies operate in Georgia and evidently gave such advice to the government. Georgia's economic development attracted businessment from Israel. Tension between Georgia and the separatist provinces also brought Israeli experts to the area.

Zur was an Israeli ambassador to Georgia. He said about 150-200 Jews live in the heavily-bombed city of Gori. He spoke to three nurses who live there, who didn't know if any Jews were among the victims of attacks or not. Zur is hoping that the US would intervene and bring people together for negotiations.

It seems that many in the world still look upon the US to solve problems when attacked by others. We still have some clout. Here's where Condoleeza Rice can help, being Russia was her expertise in her university studies.


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