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Submitted by John D on Wed, 01/07/2020 - 08:32

When shopping, I cannot remember off-hand the various competitive prices for all the products on the usual shopping list. But a few "marker" prices tell me fairly reliably how this or that shop positions itself.

I find the same can help me with assessing some political issues. One, for example, is when discussing the application of Israel civil law to areas of Judea and Samaria (as they have been known for hundreds of years to English-speaking church-goers).

When I read that the valley of the river Jordan is "fertile" or even "very fertile", I know that I am reading someone who is parroting a line. Certainly not someone who has served in the valley, driven the road - or even talked to someone who has been there.

Who does not have access to Google Maps? Take a look. Fertile ONLY at Jericho and its close northern town, because of the abundant water springs. The rest is dust, stones and close to the Jordan, sticky grey mud. Dust, stones and sand everywhere.

What grows, in small patches, does so only because of enormous investment in infrastructure.

This comment is offered ONLY to indicate the trivial, repetitive language that suffices for impassioned outrage.

John

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