The headline’s a bit of a cheat, because this is nothing to do with construction in Judea and Samaria. Instead, it’s about the state of play – economically – in Israel. It’s one of the most common questions from people outside of Israel, and possibly more so from those who have never visited. I am unsure if this is because their vision of Israel is somewhat blighted by western media coverage.
Basically, I look around me and see normal economic activity – and lots of it. For example, while the Economist floats its McDonalds Index as a sign of economic health, I prefer the broad brush of another economist who said that if you look around you and see a lot of cranes, that’s a damn fine sign of economic wellbeing.
Enter this picture, taken this evening from the gym car park.
Cranes, cranes, and more cranes. And round the corner there were more. I guess we are doing ok. (And no sign of a building freeze round here!)