When Elie trains during reserve duty, there are two large units of artillery that I hear about all the time...one is his unit, the second is a unit that his unit has trained alongside throughout the years. A friend's daughter is in that second unit - one of many units accepts dedicated women to fight.
A short time ago, Elie was here, his phone constantly in his hand. They mobilized an artillery unit...not Elie's but Ya'ara's. They have been friends for many years. Elie has been like an older brother to her, her younger brother and sister, an adopted son to their mother. They adore him. Elie called because her unit was mobilized. She had not heard yet and so the news came from Elie.
Elie's unit has been placed on alert, but not yet mobilized. He's home now...resting and doing laundry. I can't think about the possibility of him going.
Israel has authorized the mobilization of another 50,000 troops. Davidi's course for the ambulance training that he was supposed to be teaching in the south has been canceled. Day 13 of this conflict and there is no end in sight.
After a fierce battle, Hamas requested a two hour humanitarian ceasefire so they could evacuate their wounded. They asked the UN to arrange it and forever being the lapdogs of Hamas, the UN complied. They asked Israel to respect the need to evacuate the wounded.
This might be a good time to point out that Israel has set up a field hospital just outside Gaza to treat wounded Palestinians; I might also point out that Hamas has not. The only use they have for hospitals is a location from which to fire or in which to store their rockets.
Israel agreed to the ceasefire - within about 30 minutes, it proved to be too much for Hamas and they began firing back. I have yet to hear the United Nations condemn this violation, though I do think I heard them barking.
For now, at least, Elie is home.