I got this e-mail, however, I was not able to attend because I spent the day at Ein Boqek in the far end of the Dead Sea with three friends. On the way we passed the cut-off to Masada, several checkpoints along a single lane road. The area was heavily patrolled by helicopters and convoys of jet planes soreyed by. As we entered the last checkpoint before the public beach entrance,we passed a landing site for about a dozen military helicopters.
Israeli Pilots Broke Guinness World Record Flying Low Over Dead Sea in January 2014.
Last year, The Civil Aviation Authority of Israel announced that 12 pilots flying six aircraft 422 meters below sea level set a new Guinness World Record for a low formation flight (Israel’s Channel 2 reported).
Formation flying consists of several planes flying together in a precise geometric shape. This particular form of recreational flying requires an extremely high level of aeronautical expertise as even a slight deviation of one plane from the formation or flight path is liable to cause a serious accident.
The Israeli pilots first attempted to break the record in November 2013 but that initial flight over the Dead Sea was disqualified by a judge since one of the planes broke formation, Channel 2 said.
However, the second time proved to be the charm as the ultralight planes’ formation held steady for approximately one minute. After a few tense moments, the official Guinness World Record judge confirmed that a new standard had been established, setting off celebrations among the pilots and crew, Channel 2 reported.
The force behind Israel’s drive towards the record books is retired Lieutenant Colonel Dan Shion, a former pilot and commander of an Israeli Air Force squadron of fighter pilots. Since retiring from active military duty, Shion has continued to fly a variety of light aircraft and it was he who contacted the Guinness World Record headquarters in London to find out the exact criteria required for establishing a new low formation flying record, Channel 2 reported.
According to Shion, the record setting flight was a complex undertaking due to the unusually difficult conditions that go along with flying at low altitudes over the Dead Sea. As a result, Shion believes that the record he helped establish will be impossible to break anywhere but over the Dead Sea.
As such, Shion believes that the low formation flying record will remain in Israeli hands.
The ladies beach at Ein Boqek is perfect for me because I bring my trusty wagon with food and drink and there are paths down to the beach. The salt was pure white. I took home two jars full to add to my bath water. Not to eat.
I also spoke a little Arabic with some ladies.
Perhaps the handsome fellow at the last checkpoint was Colonel Dan Shion!
Following is the invitation that I declined.
While on the subject of resorts, recently was announced a first for Israel. I have never stayed at Jerusalem Waldorf Astoria hotel. My apartment is a five minute walk away. I did walk by to congratulate the consierge. While standing at the desk I overheard a conversation.
The concierge conveyed to the couple, “No outside guests allowed on Shabat.” The couple wanted to have Saturday lunch there because their apartment was being painted. I offered a better deal. Friday night with the Farkashes. They turned me down and we walked together up Agron to King George. The lady explained that she’d be in Jerusalem for 6 weeks and next week she is traveling to Uman.
And I said, “With Yehudis Golshevsky”, and she nodded. And I proudly said, “”She’s my daughter”. What a lovely meeting.
And a day at the Dead Sea beats this hotel by a mile. That was a first, but I’m getting to the first, first.
Jerusalem’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel received a score of 97.5 in Code-Nast magazine’s “Top 15 Hotels in the Middle East: Readers’ Choice Awards 2015.” http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/89999-151023-jerusalem-s-waldorf-astoria-hotel-voted-best-in-middle-eastThe 226-room hotel opened in March 2014 after a reported $150 million refurbishment.
“More than 128,000 travelers took part in our 28th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey — the most in its history — submitting millions of ratings and tens of thousands of comments to help us create a list of winning favorites,” Condé Nast Traveler said in announcing the rankings Tuesday.
In response to being ranked so highly on the prestigious list, the Waldorf posted the following message on its Facebook page:“What an honor! We are thrilled.”
The 16-room Singita Grumeti in the Serengeti, Tanzania was voted as the best hotel in the world, followed by The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, in Saratoga, Wyoming.
The Waldorf Hotel is rated 1st in the Middle East. From mid 1936 to mid-1937 it was then the Palace. The hotel was built by the then mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, a fierce opponent of Jewish statehood who would later collaborate with Hitler’s Nazi Germany. The Haganah planted listening devices in chandeliers in the hotel, a TV report said, exploiting the expertise of two of its officers who had been involved in the building’s construction.
The mufti has been in the headlines this week, after Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alleged that Adolf Hitler only decided on the mass extermination of Europe’s Jews after receiving input on the matter from al-Husseini.
All sources are denying that the Mufti advised Hitler to “burn” the Jews.
WHILE LOOKING BACK: N’OATMEAL COOKIES – THE PALEO RESPONSE TO OATMEAL COOKIES!
Yield: Yields 24 cookies
2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut/cooked fruit/banana
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp Himalayan salt
1/2 cup walnuts/peanuts/pecans chopped
1/2 cup dates, chopped
1/2 cup raisins;cranberries soaked in vanilla brandy
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine almond flour, flax seed meal, unsweetened coconut, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Mix with a whisk to ensure that the ingredients are very well distributed. Reserve.
In a separate bowl, cream soy cream cheese, almond milk/banana and date paste with a hand mixer, until light and fluffy in consistency. Add eggs, one at a time and make sure it’s well incorporated before adding the next one. Add vanilla extract and mix well. (you can also do this in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment)
Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until just combined, no more.
Stir in walnuts, dates and raisins- I like to put the on top so I can see the batters thickness.
On a baking sheet that’s been lined with parchment paper, drop tablespoon-sized amounts of cookie batter; slightly flatten with a fork or use muffin tins lined with paper that is oiled.
Bake the cookies for 9-10 minutes; allow cookies to cool for a minute or two before attempting to move them to a cooling rack.
Cool completely and store in an airtight container.
These cookies will keep for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.
HA!HA! That was funny. They will never last that long! 😉