On a completely different note, I know that this blog has been focusing on Israel a lot lately. This reminds me of a woman whom I used to date who was doing her doctoral thesis on Jewish communities in the Middle East. She told me that if I was going to be with her, I'd have to deal with the three following things: "1. I am insanely jealous; 2. I smoke in bed; and 3. I'm obsessed with the Jews."
So at the risk of sounding like I'm obsessed with Israel, I'd just like to say in my defense that with the upcoming 60th anniversary of Israel's independence and the Nakba, there's plenty of material to comment on these days.
UPDATE: Interestingly enough, I just looked at my stat log, and Israel is where a good part of my hits come from, after the US, France and Lebanon. So shalom, dear readers, and happy passover!