Israel-Hezbollah War

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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Walking free

Before the war… sounds strange saying that as if this “little” war has changed everything. OK, not everything but a lot in our consciousness. We (Irit and I) lived in the apparent illusion that we are living in a reasonably normal Western country and that our lives and those of our children are fairly safe. That might sound ridiculous to the average American or European reader who sees images of war and suicide bombers on television and thinks that we live our whole lives with a helmet on our heads dodging the bombs.

But the reality of everyday life for most Israelis is pretty mundane except in times of war. Most of us have jobs, we have families, we going shopping in supermarkets and malls. And I go jogging a few times a week in the pleasant streets of hilly Haifa and sometimes in the beautiful Carmel forest. But I haven’t done this for a month now – Irit wouldn’t have wanted me to be outside when Katyusha rockets were falling, and I accepted that it was better to be safe than sorry. This morning, 24 hours after the cease-fire went into effect, I went out jogging with our dog for the first time in a month. It’s amazing how we don’t appreciate enough what we have until it’s taken away from us. I certainly hadn’t appreciated what a privilege it is to be able to go out for a walk without fear or tension. Soon we’ll all forget again and take everything for granted. Or maybe not. Many of us (in Haifa) feel a lot less secure than we did before.


Blogger Lexa Rosean said...

Your posts are really eye opening. As an American Jew, I often forget that it is a whole other world to be an Israeli Jew. Wishing you peace and protection and many more safe days to run with your dog.

10:08 AM  
Blogger james higham said...

The forested hills of Mt. Carmel re the centre of the 4th book I'm writing currently 'Tribulation' and it involves Jews and the Druze. Very interesting indeed to read your description because until now, I only imagined it.

1:25 PM  
Blogger Corkie23 said...

I wish you well from America! it is such a shame that so many here in my country are so unaware of what is truely going on. There were Rally's in some of Our major cities this weekend against Israel and America. It is really sad to see this going on.If we don't stop them, they will take over the world. God Bless you and yours! Stay safe.
Corinne Earley

10:19 PM  
Blogger Bruce Larson*Moore said...


As the bombs and rockets fly, many people see there is no rational why, petty squabbles of turf and greed, nothing to gain, no way to succeed, label the other terrorist, barbarian, evil men, the only difference is the size of their weapons.

This war on terror is only serving to make some wealthy and create a highly organized, highly trained, highly motivated global gorilla war machine, which now has the ability to strike any time, any where and hold the most modern and advanced military forces on the planet in a game of smoke and mirrors, for as long as they please.

And that gorilla force will bleed its wealthy and arrogant foe until their financial coffers split at the seems, with a cold and heartless war in which everything dies.

What a Terror-ible Victory claimed by both sides, this is the one truth they share with all.

* * *

Show*Me the way to war and i will show you the way toward peace,

Show*Me your fear and i will show you the illusion which deceives you,

Show*Me hate and i will show you the way to shower it clean with love,

Show*Me that which corrupts you and i will show you that which is incorruptible,

Show*Me the path which divides you and i will show you a mere line, drawn in the shifting sands of fear.

©Bruce Larson*Moore
The Last*War

1:11 AM  
Anonymous Rick said...

It is good that Israel has a citizen-army - now the feedback will become central to reform. Obviously much has atrophied in the recent past and the IDF will now need to do tactical re-evaluation and much more tactical use of air-power since the strategy pursued probably requires heavier bombers than Israel possesses.

There is a ceasefire for a while in time for weapons to be reallocated - but the threat is still there

12:51 PM  
Anonymous J.D. Silentio said...

To risk sounding cliche, freedom takes sacrifice and fight. As I sit in the USA and read about the war and its aftermath I can't help but hope that Israel takes away the lesson that what made her great in the past can make her great in the present and the future. Namely, the willingness to fight, the willingness and strength to endure casualties, and the spirit to absolutely demolish the enemy, whereever he hides and whatever his name.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You better think about where you can move to away from the Middle East.

G_d has forsaken your people. In every other war Israel has been since 1948 G_d has blessed your people with miracles to help you win, but not this war.


I believe it's because of the tolerance that has been seen in your nation for homosexuality, BSDM, and other immoral behavior.

Chronicles 24:20
New International Version (NIV)

20 Then the Spirit of G_d came upon Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said, "This is what G_d says: 'Why do you disobey the LORD's commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has forsaken you.'

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And we, the European tax payers, can see our money being used for paying the humanitarian and mediteranean disaster Israël caused. Strange, normally the one who causes the damage has to pay;
Let us take the money off the Jewish people who live around here to pay for all this damage ?

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Dale Fehr said...

I have been following the war very closely and am appalled at the remarks of some people. I feel for Israel and wish that people would wake up to the fact that the whole war is involved in a war against terror. One last comment , I don't put much stock in any posts signed Anonymous.

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am young, american and clueless to most things in the world. I waste my time and my energy unaware and self centered I wish I could relate and understand and feel personally responsible to take action and make things better. I am weak.

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the problem is that Israelis are on Palestenian land. The governemnt is selfish and greedy, and the middle east is truly like a large human(Israel) fighting ants(everyone else). But, for the first time, the human has found someone who can at least somehow compare to his size and manpower (hezbollah). So, Israel became very frustated and scared so they destroyed Lebanon trying to defeat the only threat that could compromise their postition. Palestine can't do anything..they dont have tanks, they dont have planes, they have nothing. The middle east has been defenseless. But now that someone has fought back, Isreal is sad and upset and hurt and not leading "normal" lives. This is just a taste of what Israel constantly does to the people it drove out of their homes. The only thing that is eye opening about your post is that you finally might have a clue as to how Palestenians feel. And now, Lebanon doesn't have anything.

6:54 PM  

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