By PAUL SCHAMA
A popular Israeli song from the 1970s, Machar or “Tomorrow,” envisioned a future in which wars will cease and Israelis can sail from “the Eilat shore to the Ivory Coast.” While the song’s premise that wars will end has not exactly been fulfilled, many Israelis felt (albeit briefly, before the current, second lockdown commenced) that they were almost there with the announcement that “normalization” with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain had been concluded in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted that more such announcements were in the works, with Sudan perhaps the next Arab country to recognize Israel, as soon as the terms (i.e. financial arrangements) could be worked out. However, while President Trump was still in Walter Reed hospital, it was reported that Sudan, and Oman as well, have put off normalizing ties with Israel until after the American elections.
CORONAVIRUS: UKRAINE ACCUSES BELARUS OVER STRANDED JEWISH PILGRIMS
Ukraine accused Belarus of stoking tension over hundreds of Hasidic Jewish pilgrims stranded at their border. The office of Ukraine's president said Belarus was spreading false hope that the pilgrims could cross. Belarus wants a corridor to be opened for them. The pilgrims are trying to travel to the town of Uman for the Jewish New Year, to pay respects at the tomb of the founder of a Hasidic movement. Ukraine has closed its borders to foreigners to limit Covid-19.
The restrictions apply from 28 August to 28 September. Ukraine-Belarus relations soured after Ukraine joined the EU in refusing to recognise the re-election of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko last month.
OFF ON MY TRAVELS - LECH L'CHA
By RABBI DR. RAYMOND APPLE
OFF ON MY TRAVELS
It has been so long since people could travel freely. Some airlines are at work, most are grounded. Sea travel by means of cruise ships is a worry. Hopefully everyone is davening for the defeat of the virus and the return of what we fondly call normalcy.
In the meantime we have a narrative to read this Shabbat which speaks of Abraham setting out for a destination which G[-]d will show him.
He soon discovers the good – and the bad – points of travel. The Midrash Tehillim says on Psalm 23, "Travel is hard on your clothes, your person and your purse"
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US ELECTION 2020: BIDEN AND TRUMP HIT SWING STATES
Donald Trump and Joe Biden are traveling across the nation on Sunday as the US election enters its closing stage.
President Trump planned to visit five battleground states while his challenger Mr Biden spoke at a campaign event in Pennsylvania.
The Democratic candidate maintains a solid national lead in the polls ahead of Tuesday's general election. But this advantage is narrower in key states which could decide the result.
More than 90 million people have already cast their ballots in early voting, putting the country on course for its highest turnout in a century.
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