One of the things that strike us, Israelis, about
I have personally confirmed this story with our former governor and president, which illustrates this fact. George went on the obligatory visit to
in 1998, when he was
planning his eventually successful run for the presidency. In those days, then
future prime minister, Ariel Sharon, would take each prospective candidate on a
helicopter ride. He would specifically show them the distance between the Green
Line, the border of Israel Proper and the sea, which is just a few miles long.
Seeing this #43 exclaimed, "We have driveways longer than that in Israel !" Humor
aside, if you have been to a large Texas
ranch, you know he was not lying! Texas
Now, there are not that many American states that
can lord over due to their small size. Israel Israel
is often compared to .
It's not just because our politicians are usually also indicted shortly after
they take the oath of office, just like in New Jersey ; their size is similar. And New Jersey New Jersey is much bigger than , where Jeanne is from. In fact,
you could fit seven Rhode Island Rhode Islands inside Israel
and the ! Palestinian
Fortunately, size isn't everything. Mark Twain lived his latter days in a tiny state not far from Rhode Island, and earlier in life he visited what is now Israel, which was quite a feat at his time. He reminds us of a fact, that Texans would be wise to keep in mind, "It's not the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog."
That aphorism is very relevant to this couple. The special intimate ceremony we take part in today is not a
sized celebration. That would not fit the personality of this Texas native or this sabra. However,
if you know Jeanne and Ronen, you know this: The care they show for one another
is great; the commitment they bring to their relationship is vast, and
the mutual love they share is without end. And that, my friends, is what
really counts. Rhode Island