It will be an engineering marvel, an architectural classic, and an aesthetic monstrosity. One of the difficulties in living in Israeli society is the tendancy to need to prove that they are "One of the Gang." This is just another attempt to show how high-tech and flashy the city can be. But a city like Jerusalem will always strike feelings of awe at the antiquity and holiness of the place, wouldn't it be more appropriate to perhaps design a bridge which would fit in with a more biblical motif? Or perhaps just with a bit of modesty?
Instead, they've got this massive, curvey, high-tech marvel that sticks like a knife through the skyline. It would go well in Tel Aviv or Ashdod, the modern coastal cities, but for Jerusalem, I'm disappointed that we can't grab hold of our biblical roots. Still, as an engineer, it will certainly be a sight to behold.
Meanwhile, Russian-born billionaire Arcadi Gaydamak is eyeing a bid for for the mayor's office come the next election. He immigrated from Russia to Israel in 1972, and bumped around between Angola and France until a warrant was issued for his arrest on weapons dealing and tax evasion charges, which caused him to flee back to Israel. He's been peppering the country with his billions for social projects, building up support, especially amongst the Russian community, and now his billboards are everywhere
Meanwhile, Jerusalem's non-billionaire population enjoys some music on Agrippas Street.
And, of course, who could miss the new coin. "Two" is shteim (Or shneim, depending on gender.) So now that we have a two-shekel piece, which would be a "Shnei Shekel," coin, it's been abbreviated to the "Shnekel."
The holy shnekel.