During the last couple of weeks, a great number of forest fires ”broke out” in different districts, mostly around Jerusalem, Haifa, Tivon and other areas on the Carmel. Luckily fire fighters with help of planes were able to control them and put them out, although in some cases people had to be evacuated from their homes, and on Thursday even three houses were burnt down. So far they have not been able to find the source of these fires, although it is believed they were deliberately set by national-minded local Arabs – but no real proof for this has yet been found. Hopefully they will stop, although yesterday there was another small one. The very hot weather and wind unfortunately help spread the fires.
And on the subject of Israeli Arabs, about a week ago, eight residents of Nazareth and the town Ghajar (the latter is half in Israel and half in Lebanon) were charged with helping with the infiltration of 20 Kilograms of high-grade explosives, thus foiling a Hezbolla attack inside Israel.
A 100 years have passed since the birth of Raoul Wallenberg, who is what we call a “Rightous amongst Nations” ( A title Israel gives to those who risked their lives to help Jews during the holocaust) Raoul Wallenberg, who was born in Sweden, worked as a diplomat in Hungary and saved tens of thousands of Jewish lives in Hungary. He disappeared mysteriously after the war. A commemoration in his blessed memory was held last week.
In Egypt a great number of high officers have been dismissed from the army by the new President and replaced by those we believe to be alligned to the Moslem Brotherhood. We don’t yet know how this spells out for Israel. And in Syria the killing continues, but all believe the end of Assad is near. Will this be better for Israel and the world? Who knows?The changes in government in the north African countries doesn’t seem to have proved so good.
Today the price of bread was raised by 6 1/2 % – the reason given that wheat and fuel are now more expensive in the whole world. This will be hard for many people.
Shalom from Irene