Archive for the ‘Gaza’ Category
For the last two days nearly all news programs begin the the plague of locusts which have arrived in millions (yes, millions) in the south of the country – they came originally from Sudan to Egypt and from there many continued here.
We have been spraying the area with chemicals and hopefully our agriculture won’t suffer TOO much.
After over a month of elections, we still have no new government, although at last Natanyahu has begun talking with parties he didn’t want at first.
A few shells fell in the Golan heights area from Syria, they say it was because of the fighting there, by mistake. By mistake? I wonder?
Also a couple of missiles from the Gaza strip – surely not by mistake also.
Six of the wounded Syrians who had been treated in one of our hospitals have been returned to their country. One is still in serious condition and left in hospital.
And some sport news, An Israel participant in windsurfing, Lee Korzits, at World Championship in Brazil took the world title.
That’s enough for now.
Shalom from Irene
For the last few days I’ve been keeping a sort of diary of what is happening in Israel with the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza, and sent copies to my friends abroad, and some of these were published in the Virginia News Source.
So in this blog I am not going to repeat myself, and just write the latest happenings, which are very similar to the former ones.
Yesterday and today (I’m writing at mid-day) the shooting of rockets into Israel continues, and Israeli planes are bombing selected areas in the Gaza Strip, trying not to hurt civilians, which is difficult because those “brave” Hamas members hide amongst them and fire from behind them.
Hospitals, mosques, all public buildings and densely settled civilian areas are their favorites for this.
There is talk of trying to make a truce, but so far nothing has come of it.
Today the U.N.O. President will be visiting Israel (and other places too) – maybe he will be able to do something to stop the shooting. If no missiles are fired into Israel, no Israeli planes will attack Gaza – that is certain.
Yesterday about 140 missiles were fired from Gaza, and two even hit a school in Ashkelon, causing much damage. It’s lucky children there don’t attend school these days.
Many wedding parties have been cancelled – many people together in an unprotected building could turn out to be a disaster. But the young couples do get married by a rabbi, in a private home, or rabbinate building, with only close family present.
The coming elections in Israel are hardly mentioned in the news, and neither is the continuous murderous shooting in Syria .
I hope for better news next time.
Shalom from Irene
Today I’ll start my blog about events that happened in our neighbouring country Egypt, especially as the first one concerns the Muslim relationship with Christians.
A short time after midnight, a car exploded in front of a Coptic Christian church as worshipers emerged from a New Year’s Mass in the Egyptian city of Alexandria killing at least 21 people,and wounding dozens more. The blast came from a car parked outside the church and of course there was no immediate claim of responsibility for it, although most people blamed the terrorist organisation al-Qaida.
There have also recently been threats to attack Christians in Iraq. Many Christians are now trying to leave Muslim countries.
And again something about Egypt. Another convoy of activists,who began their journey from India and traveled through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Syria before arriving in Lebanon last week, wanted to bring material to Gaza, but this time instead of making directly for this area in order not to come into contact with the Israeli navy blockade, they docked in Egyptian Al-Arish.
This was the first attempt to reach Gaza from Asia. Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram reported that food, medical aid and toys (of which there is no shortage in Gaza) were allowed to remain aboard the convoy, while 10 generators donated by Iran were among cargo that was banned by the Egyptians. Officials issued permits allowing for the entry of 120 of the activists aboard the ship, while denying entry to 46 others from Iran and Jordan.
I know that the sexual harassment trial of our former president has made many headlines in the world, so I won’t go into details of his shameful behaviour, but I do want to mention Israel’s legal system, which makes no difference between people.
All, whether rich or poor, whether important or unimportant, are equal before the law. No matter how important you think you are, no matter how religious you pretend to be, no matter how many powerful friends you have, in Israel you will pay for your crimes. And that is a lesson that should be known by all.
And now for something different.Two Arab employees of the British Consulate General in Jerusalem have been charged with weapon trafficking in connection with an alleged Hammas plot to fire a missile into Jerusalem’s soccer stadium.
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said that the consulate employees aided the the plotters of the attack in obtaining guns.
The plotters are two east Jerusalem Arabs, Musa Hamada from the Sur Baher neighborhood and his friend Bassem Omeri, an Israeli citizen from Beit Safafa.
Israeli authorities said that the investigation into these two employees is unrelated to the work they do at the consulate.
Good to know they were caught before they were able to carry out their nasty deed.
Shalom from Irene
“Peace talks” will evidently begin on Thursday in Washington, but Prime Minister Netanyahu and Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazen ) will surely be discussing the same four issues that were on the table in 2000.
If Yasser Arafat could not accept any compromise, then why would President Obama think Abu Mazen, whose legitimate term of office ended in January 2009 and who controls far less territory and far fewer Palestinians, can compromise now?
What will the President do if the talks fail and increased violence is again the result? And the Palestinians warn they will stop the talks, if we begin building again in the territories.
We agreed to stop for 10 months, but these have almost passed by, and the time was wasted, no talks during all this period – I wonder why?
Now for something “good” for a change. UNIFIL released its findings Wednesday of its investigation into the shooting incident earlier this month between the IDF and Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) along the northern border and came to the conclusion that the Israeli forces did not cross the international border as the Lebanese had claimed.
This is a “first” for us, so far they have always blamed Israel for all misdeeds.
The Gazans never stop weapon smuggling. Egyptian authorities intercepted a shipment of 190 antiaircraft missiles in Sinai surely destined for Gaza on Saturday, Palestinian News Agency Maan reported.
According to the report, the authorities raided several storage areas in the area and discovered the ammunition hidden in a remote region in the center of the Sinai peninsula.
In addition to the antiaircraft missiles, rockets and other ammunition, they also seized a large supply of illegal drugs. Reports also stated that authorities raided several locations in Rafah, where they found more stores of explosives and weapons.
Israel and Egypt have maintained a tough blockade of Gaza since Hamas seized power in June 2007, and the hundreds of tunnels in the Rafah area are the main entry point for many basic items, as well as weapons. Egypt also seems to fear the Hamas group.
And now to end here are a few lines which might interest nature lovers. A great stork migration is upon us.
Thirty-one thousand storks flew down the country to rest in the Negev and around the Dead Sea on Tuesday, before heading to their winter homes in eastern Africa.
“Tuesday was the first day of the height of the migration, “Jonathan Meyrav, survey director and project manager for the Israel Ornithological Society said. The society is part of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI).
“This was the first big day of the height of the migration. For the next week to 10 days, we’re likely to see a lot of storks flying by,” he said. ” The migration will likely take six weeks since starting in early August.
All told, 350,000 are expected to fly over the country from north to south in that time. That’s a lot of storks :-)
Enough for today. Shalom from Irene