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David Farmer

About David Farmer

David Farmer is a political and media consultant in Portland, where he lives with his wife and two children. He was senior adviser to Democrat Mike Michaud’s campaign for governor and a longtime journalist. You can reach him at

Trip to Israel: A big story in a small place

Israel is small. Really small. At it’s narrowest, the country is only nine miles wide, and it’s just slightly larger than New Jersey. Jerusalem is 45 miles from Amman, Jordan. Haifa is about 80 miles from Beirut and 90 miles to Damascus. The population is about 8.2 million people. The population of the West Bank […]

Trip to Israel: Living in the shadow of death

Near the Gaza Strip in southern Israel, the bus stops double as bomb shelters, reinforced concrete caves built to shield people from rockets and mortars and protect them from deadly shrapnel. Every new house is required to have a reinforced room to protect the inhabitants from an attack. Once the voice over the early warning […]