Flags and signs are going up all over Israel - on cars, on buildings, homes and stores...each is a message. A message to our country, to our soldiers, even a message to each other.
Some thank our soldiers; some say we are with them and encourage them to be strong and safe. Some simply say Israel - it is enough. We understand the rest.
Today as I went to my office on Yaffa Street, considered the center of Jerusalem, I noticed that there were, once again, flags flying all along the way. Flags are put up around Independence Day and for some special occasions. In some parts of Jerusalem, as the nation's capital, flags of other nations are put up to welcome dignitaries. For all that the Pope's recent visit was all about the Palestinians and a slap to most Israelis, we welcomed the Pope with the Vatican's flag, fools that we are.
I've seen flags from many countries flying here over the years but today is all about us. When it's about us - there are usually two flags flying. Today, there were three. The flag of Israel, the flag of Jerusalem, and this one...a flag with the symbol of the Israel Defense Forces!
Israel is so proud of its soldiers and its people who have bravely withstood the bombardment of over 2,000 rockets from Gaza.
Twenty-four hours later, the ban was indeed canceled and shortly after that announcement was made, the Palestinians tried again - they fired several rockets at central Israel. Those that needed to be shot down were stopped by Iron Dome, the rest allowed to fall in open spaces.
At this point, I'm exhausted - it's been a hard week and I have barely been able to concentrate on anything else but the news. But there is something so amazing about seeing Jerusalem decked out in flags. It's a message to
ourselves. US Secretary of State Kerry is here (or was). UN Secretary General Ban is here (or was). There are no US flags flying in the center of Jerusalem and surely no UN flags here.
Only our flags because ultimately, we have a mission to accomplish. It is our obligation to keep our country safe, to defend itself.