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      September  2000 - Shimon Peres visites the studio of YaŽl Arti in kibbutz Sdot Yam near Ceasarea
    In September 2000 I was invited at the sculpture exhibition of YaŽl Artsi. The guest of honour was minister of interior Shimon Peres.  Together with the artist he made a walk over the grounds of the sculpture park, close to the beach of Ceasarea. YaŽl explained him all about her art. I had the honour to be the only photographer and made several pictures. At the end Pauline Brenninkmeijer from 'Beelden uit zee' had an interview with Shimon Peres. Minister Shimon Peres speaks about Yael Artsiís art:
    ďÖArchitecture is frozen music, but sculpture is dancing architecture or singing architecture.

    There is a famous poem in Hebrew, which goes: ĒThere are people with the heart of stone, and there are stones with a human heartĒ. In Yaelís art one can see stones with a human heart. Even more so Ė you can see stones with a twinkle in their eye. It is very difficult to make a stone speak such a delicate, indicative language. Yael succeeds.

    The greatness about her is that like a good chef who starts every gourmet dish with the right selection of the raw material, so does she - already sees her finished sculpture in the raw marble.

    Yael does not submit to norms and conventions. She makes the iron, stone or marble speak her language, which tells us of humanity, youth, couples, old-age, dialogue and disappointment. Her art is actually a full dictionary based on her own personal letters.

    Yael knows that less is more. She is very careful not to overdo, not to overstate, not to make a single movement or contribution, which is unnecessary for her message. A message must be clear as well as economic, strong but not powerful.

    When looking at this forest of sculptures, they do not resemble anything else. Yaelís art is totally original and can not be compared to any other art or sculpture.

    I also believe that she can command size. She does in miniature the maximum and the maximum with miniatures. I think that the great thing about her sculptures is that they do not look frozen. They look rather mobile, dancing, and from every angle they have a different movement.

    Yael is such a small lady and such a powerful personality. That disproportion between her size and her powers. One would never suspect that such a small body can command that sort of dimensions and proportions.Ē

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15 juli 2007 - Shimon Peres became President of IsraŽl.

       
      Pictures of my stay in IsraŽl November 2006
  Ceasarea    
  A walk on Sabat on the old citadel is a must when you visit IsraŽl. The excavasion is well documentated, but the best thing is to buy  a guide. Take all afternoon and finish in one of the restaurants near the beach. They have good fish dishes.
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  The Old Roman City with the theatre, old harbour, shops and restaurant is one of the most beautiful places in IsraŽl. The pictures give I an impression of what you can expect.  
       
     
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  Jerusalem   Domaine du Castel
  The Domaine du Catel is just half an hour from Jerusalem in Ramat Raziel. You will be happely invited to see the caves and to taste some of their delicieus wines. It's a papa-mama business with to sons working with them.
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More information: www.castel.co.il 

 
      Yad Vashem - To bear Witness
  The new museum tells the tragedy of the planned extermination of the Jewish people.
The pictures show the valley of the communities which has been add to the museum. The memorial for the children is very impressive. Inside you will hear the names of  children who were killed. The light of one candle reflexs in several mirrors and brings a sea of light. For the new museum you will have to take several hours. It brings you back in history as if you were there yourself. Buy the book 'To Bear Witness'. It will be a precious souvenier.

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      Sunset over the Old City of Jerusalem.
     
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  Sdot Yam    
      The beach
     
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  Just before sunset  is a good time to arrive in kibbutz Sdot Yam!

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      The people
  Kibbutz Sdot Yam at the coast of the Mediterranen Sea is like paradise. The Ceasar Stone factory is situated here. In the field they grow bananas and oranges, the keep cows, etc.          
      Kibbutz Sdot Yam          
       
  Start half an hour before sunset to take your walk. The coastline is beautiful and the decorum of the old Roman city will inspire you.

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  Kibbutz trip to Libanon border    
  Early in the morning we start a trip along the Libanon border. First we go to the memorial for the fourteen (see picture 1339).  We visit the place where two soldiers were kidnapped and hear details of the terrible insident.

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      Tel Kedesh
  In Tel Kedesh a cartouche rocket hit an old tree. The olive trees around caught fire and trees are still brown. But the grass under the trees is already green and some trees carry young branches.

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      Tel Hai
  Members of kibbutz Sdot  Yam visit the memorial for 12 killed soldiers in the second Libanon war. Everything is still there: the katjoesja rocket, the car of the soldiers, etc. The number of candles show that many Israelies already visited this place and showed their grieve for the loss of these men.

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  Tel Aviv    
       
     
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      Memorial Yitzhak Rabin
  Each visiter to IsraŽl should go to Tel Aviv and stay at least half an hour at the memorial of Yitzhak Rabin. My friend YaŽl Artsi (picture) made this memorial "Earthquake". It symbolises the shock which was felt all over the world when we heard of the death of such a great man.

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