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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Is 58 years too late?

All I can say is: It's about time!!!!

After 15 years since I've been living in Israel, and almost 58 years as a state, a committee in the gov't finally is making a change by enacting a new signposting law.

According to the article, this law once completely passed, will required ALL street and highway signs to show conformity, so that people will no longer get lost on their way.

Here are two examples of signs spelled differently than usual.

The usual standard spellings are: Carlebach and Schocken.

Until now, there have been four different entities responsible for street signs and this has led to this travesty.

The article claims that the main reason that these changes are being implemented are for the benefit of tourists so they dont get lost....what about those of us who think that it will improve the perception people have of Israelis. It's definately a step in the right direction.

There is a related article here that gives an example of a street with no less than six unique spellings (all along the same road).

Next on the agenda...Storefront signs

Thanks for reading

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At 8:58 AM, December 21, 2005, Blogger Elliott Cahan said...

and who do you think is going to enforce this rule, oh great one?

At 9:39 AM, December 21, 2005, Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

maybe they can make a deal with nefesh b'nefesh and hire anglos while they are looking for jobs? :)

At 10:00 AM, December 21, 2005, Blogger Elliott Cahan said...

that actually might be a good idea, there are enough screwed up signs in this country that it could keep someone busy for a while.

At 10:07 AM, December 21, 2005, Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

well according to teh article, it is a 5-year plan just for teh road signs.

NBN would help keep people busy for a while.

Maybe someone should recommend this to them

At 2:23 PM, December 21, 2005, Blogger ifyouwillit said...

It's going to remove the fun factor of Israeli road trips!

At 3:12 PM, December 21, 2005, Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

dodging other cars will still make it fun


At 6:21 PM, December 21, 2005, Blogger Mirty said...

We got so lost driving around Jerusalem during our visit last summer. Many of the signs are placed so that you cannot read them until you have driven past them! My husband would drive and I would be watching behind saying, "OK, that was Rambam Street. So we just missed it!"


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