I'm so tired.
I started thinking back over this week. I'm not sure I can describe what the week was like...Two terror attacks in Jerusalem - I passed by one two hours after it had happened and saw the clean up in progress.
Aliza is reading me jokes and laughing as she tells them to me - someone asks an Israeli how long it takes him to run 100 meters. He answers "4 seconds."I left the train and got....
The person answers, "but the average is 10 seconds."
"Yes," answers the Israeli, "but I have a short cut."
Sirens in communities surrounding Gaza: 3:12 p.m.
I left the train and got in the car and passed a bus station, less than 5 minutes before the next terror attack, in which a soldier was shot in the stomach.
That was Sunday....
On Monday, a security guard at the front of the city, a man I have spoken to many times, was stabbed in the stomach.
Why did it take the Israelites 40 years of wandering in the desert before they entered the land of Israel?Last night it was a wedding and today it was getting ready for Shabbat...it's been an exhausting week emotionally and as I close down...I know there will likely be rockets.
Answer: What real men, the Israelis are - they would never ask directions!
Aliza and the children of Israel have asked the Ministry of Education to extend the summer vacation; the Ministry of Education has responded that they will try to do "fun" things to make up for the summer that wasn't.
Can you imagine stealing a child's summer? I know - if you focus on the destruction of Gaza, missing summer camps and playing in the parks is nothing. But Israel did not cause this war; Israel didn't ask for it.
Hamas demanded it; ensured it would happen, and then did all in its power, breaking seven ceasefires, to lengthen this war.
I don't know when it will end; I know only that in a a few hours, Shabbat will come - we will leave warning apps running so that we'll know if we need to go into the bomb shelter...more than that, we will pray that it will be over soon; that Hamas will be destroyed soon.
Our greatest hope is that Gaza will choose to be free of Hamas and so, instead of protecting Hamas leaders, the people of Gaza will turn on Hamas and force them out of power. This is likely the only way that peace, or at least a genuine ceasefire can come. Hamas has shown, again and again, that it is willing to sacrifice every man, woman, and child in Gaza. The question now is whether the people of Gaza will allow that.