This post is a note from Nurit Amichai, a friend in Israel. As you may know, Israel is under siege – hundreds of Hamas missiles targeting cities all over the nation. At this moment Prime Minister Netanyahu has just announced a new ground response. Pray for the people of Israel. Pray for this new defensive effort. Pray for the safety of Israel, pray for the peace of Israel, and pray for complete victory in this day.
Here it is, Yom Shishi, 4:30pm – I have just about three hours left before I light candles and we welcome in HaMalka Shabbat, the Queen Shabbat. I am looking toward that moment with anticipation – it’s been less than a peaceful week and somehow, when we light the candles, bless the wine and make motze – bless the challah – and then pray – it all settles down. Truly, when HaShem said that the Shabbat was blessed of the Creator, it was exactly as spoken. We feel the peace descend and it’s an amazing thing.
I wanted to write tonight to share some thoughts and news (of course – that’s what I do) and to think out loud with you. The week has been intense. There are no other words for it. I have tried, without success, to be focused on the two university courses I’m taking. No luck. My eyes, ears, soul and heart founder and flounder around for solid ground to anchor into – to attach to in order to feel solidified.
Being the news junkie that I am, I find myself now firmly fixed in front of this damnable computer waiting for the next headline or scroll that will inform me of the happenings in this tiny piece of real estate we call “Eretz Yisrael”.
I received a call about 30 minutes ago from a good friend who works within the media quagmire and she said what we have been feeling here – this is different – it’s a game changer. What, exactly, does that mean? I don’t know. But, what I do know is this: the feeling on the ground here is different from any other interaction we’ve dealt with in the past. Something has changed. The center of gravity has moved. It isn’t the same. Therefore, the outcome will be very different.
We were wakened last night to the monotonous, surreal, unmistakable sound of the alarm going off at 3:00am here, in Hadera. I opened my eyes, felt for Nadav (who wasn’t in the bed) and lay there wondering if getting up and running to the mamad was really so important. By the time I got it semi-figured out, the alarm had ceased and quiet resumed. I’d like to say here that my sleep continued, but it didn’t. There were no more sirens last night … but the upshot is that it’s happening everywhere in Israel, day and night.
The difference in the enemy action this time is that we’re fighting a group that doesn’t think twice about sacrificing its children, pregnant mothers, grandparents and teens. Nobody is exempt and they call for martyrdom every minute of every day. They are calling for the Palestinian people to present themselves as living walls against any assault Israel may exercise to quiet Hamas’ bombing. And, don’t think for one single minute that Fatah (and your lovely Mr. Mahmoud Abbas) aren’t in the middle of the mix. Abbas is no more for peace than Mashel Khaled. They’re cut of the same fabric. There is NO SUCH THING AS A MODERATE PALESTINIAN. Do I need to repeat that? Okay. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A MODERATE PALESTINIAN.
Honestly, I am not worried for our safety. Somehow, there isn’t the surreal sense of fear surrounding us this time. It feels more like the terrorists in Gaza have a submachine gun that they don’t know how to operate and they’ve put their finger on the trigger – it’s firing wildly at multiple targets and doing nothing much to any of them. I hope I’m right.
If you’ve followed me for any period of time, you know I will always send you to a few favorite sites to gather news and information. One of the more palatable for Western taste is Ynet News. Go there. They have a live stream on the left hand side of the page that gives you a pretty accurate blow-by-blow of what’s happening and where it’s happening here in the land. If you need more – check out IMRA
I’m off now to answer a few private emails and then to fix dinner and the table for the most precious time of the week.