Post 80: Bibi needs our vote: Is Tel Aviv’s green bus terminal still blooming? The Green Prophet Gluten pie crust recipe to get rid of your potato starch from last Passover

I was out today and stopped off at Bibi Jerusalem headquarters, about a block from my house. I was shocked that there were no voter lists to call undecideds. So here goes my 2 cents for what it’s worth.

Here is a reounting of a Channel 2 Interview:

Channel 2 News was interviewing the leaders of the major parties in the race, three days before Israelis head to the polls to elect their next Knesset. Netanyahu, interviewed in a live feed from his office immediately after Herzog, who was in the studio, was asked by host Rina Matzliach if he had any questions for Herzog before his interview began.

Netanyahu initially seemed ill at ease with his position. When asked by Matzliach on the spot whether he would agree to come to the studio the next day for a true debate, he answered abruptly: “You have some original suggestions. We’ll consider them after the program, thank you Rina.”

He then went on to criticize Herzog for his ostensible failure to support the government on the world stage on issues such as the Iranian nuclear threat as well as Israel’s building rights in Jerusalem.

“Why won’t they say that they stand behind us (on these matters)?” Netanyahu asked.

Herzog quickly retorted that it was not the prime minister’s stances that he opposed, but his approach to the issues — which he claimed had cost the country critical backing in the global arena.

“The security of Israel is dear to us more than anything else,” Herzog said. “We know how to care for it and I will care for it.”

When the prime minister warned that Herzog may divide Jerusalem to appease Palestinians as part of a peace deal, Herzog said that, “It is Netanyahu who is bringing Jerusalem into the debate, when no one is talking about dividing it. Every election he does this, giving rise to unnecessary international chatter (on the issue).”

The Zionist Union leader then made a gaffe by vowing to “keep Netanyahu united,” while clearly intending to say “Jerusalem,” though he did not seem to notice his mistake.

Netanyahu restated his claim that Herzog and his Hatnua partner in the Zionist Union Tzipi Livni would “capitulate to any dictates” of the international community. “They can’t stand up to (them),” he said.

“He says he cares for Israel’s security but when he faces the test, the prime minister must say a simple word (to international pressures): no.”

Herzog maintained

Read more: Netanyahu, Herzog hold brief, bitter, impromptu TV debate | The Times of Israel
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Is Tel Aviv’s green bus terminal still blooming?

garden guerrillas attack tel aviv bus station

South Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station (CBS) sprawls across 10 acres in the poorest part of the city. Inaugurated in 1993 as a “city under a roof”, the neglected station – like many urban transport hubs – has since became a hangout, hotel and unofficial business center for addicts, prostitutes, thieves and homeless. It’s not a place to dawdle. Could plants and paint transform this beast into a safe source of civic pride?  The optimistic folks behind Next Station thought so. But what’s happened since the project’s November launch?

There is a municipal plan to transfer bus traffic from the CBS building to other Tel Aviv terminals, raising questions about the building’s future. Once the world’s largest bus terminal with an area covering twenty-five million square feet, it offered an ideal experimental space for urban innovation. The project viewed CBS as a giant lab to explore urban agriculture in Israel, see rendering above.

garden guerrillas attack tel aviv bus station

Next Station was a collaborative urban action by designers, farmers, architects, urban planners, gardeners, artists, engineers and volunteers led by the Onya Collective who designed and installed 30 artworks and plantings throughout the CBS, injecting color and plant life into the oppressive architecture.

garden guerrillas attack tel aviv bus station

Billed as an urban agri-exhibition, the project received no institutional funding and was supported instead by donations of time, materials and guidance from the Tel Aviv New Bus Station Management Company, Dan Public Transportation, the municipality, ecological NGOs and Israeli industries.

Next Station Tel Aviv

Gardens were planted on top of the terminal, and also on the roof of a bus. New flower pots made of upcycled plastic lined pedestrian walkways. Commuters received free seed packets, a giveaway to spread guerrilla gardening beyond the transport hub.

garden guerrillas attack tel aviv bus station

A new seating area called the ‘Vertical Tea Garden’ was built using donated industrial waste including pink PVC pipes, wood pallets and plastic paint buckets. Drip-irrigation pioneer Netafim designed a watering system for the herb gardens which use  condensate from the station’s air-conditioning system.

The ‘Book Station’ is a free lending library offering donated books and magazines in 12 languages. Readers can relax at cast off tables and chairs supplied by Tel Aviv schools in a part of the CBS that was formerly a foul-smelling corner ruled by stray cats.

garden guerrillas attack tel aviv bus station

More than 1,200 people attended the Next Station exhibition’s gala opening in November, including many Israelis who had never set foot in the station.

The organizers, in cooperation with Tel Aviv University and the Ministry of Agriculture, hosted workshops in urban gardening and eco-design, tours, private parties and limited art shows from September through December. But there is no news about what has happened to the project since then.

garden guerrillas attack tel aviv bus station

Next Station sought to bridge the separation between the city and nature. Urban agriculture holds power to strengthen community life, and deepen the affinity between people, the food they consume and the space they live in. The CBS sits in the Neve Sha’anan neighborhood, one of the most complex areas in Tel Aviv.  So, was the project a success?

Green Prophet has not been able to contact the organizers. The follow-up news trail went cold. It seems too gargantuan effort to just fade out.  Or is Zen-like impermanence part of the plan?

Let’s make this story an interactive platform like its subject: has anyone been through the CBS lately, and can you share what’s happening now?

Images from Onya Collective, lead rendering courtesy of Dana Mor/Onya Collective

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