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News and Analysis From Israel: If We're at War, the IDF Didn't Plan For It

July 13, 2006
Ruvy

[Editor's Note: The author lives in Jerusalem and files this report as events transpire.]

Missiles strike the north

It appears from this morning's news on my e-mail, that we are at war. This morning there were coordinated Katyusha attacks from northern Lebanon. In this morning's wave of attacks, only one woman was killed, a lady eating breakfast on her porch in Nahariya. But the attacks were widespread. According to reports from Arutz Sheva "Dozens of Hizb-Allah-fired Katyusha rockets struck all over the north."

The rocket attacks began at 7 AM starting with an IDF installation at Mount Meron, near Tzfat. No one was hurt, but soon afterwards, four more rockets hit the other side of the Galilee - the coastal city of Nahariya. It was there that the lady was killed. Eleven others were wounded and are being treated in hospital in Nahariya.

But this was just the beginning. Nahariya was hit again, along with Rosh Pina, Tzfat, Margaliot, Mahanayim, Mahanayim Airport, Beit Hillel, K'far HaNasi, and Mishmar HaYarden. The IDF Northern Command Headquarters was also hit. Ten Katyushas hit Tel Hai between 8 and 9 AM.

Until now Nahariya and Kiryat Shmoneh were always in range of HizbAllah's Katyusha rockets. But it appears that towns further to the south are now in range as well - the IDF estimates that HizbAllah has not yet fired its longest-range Katyushas.

The IDF has requested the hundreds of thousands of residents in the northern part of the country, including the Galilee and the Valley of Jezreel, to enter shelters and re-inforced rooms, but Israelis have largely ignored this request.

Israel responds

This morning, the Israel Air Force hit the Beirut International Airport and Al-Manar terrorist television studios. Apparently, Al-Manar anticipated the attack, and moved its broadcasts to an unknown location ahead of time. The air force has also hit dozens of concentrations of HizbAllah rockets in southern Lebanon.

Israel Police is on a level-3 alert, just one level below a state of emergency, anticipating a possible attempt by Arab terrorists to attack within the country. A friend of ours whose son is in the air force has reported that her son is being kept over Shabbat for guard duty. Another person, who packs medical kits for soldiers, has been working overtime over the last two weeks.

Over the night the targets attacked in Lebanon were a dozen bridges and much of southern Lebanon's highway infrastructure. One strike hit a vehicle in which two HizbAllah terrorists were traveling.

The government has announced that it views Lebanon as responsible for the attacks from within its borders, including the rockets and abduction of the two IDF soldiers.

The mainstream media, in this case the Jerusalem Post is acknowleging that for the first time Katyushas have reached a 25 kilometer range, striking K'far haNasi and Mahanayim. The Post article was received courtesy of IMRA

Analysis

First, a brief note on HizbAllah's rockets in southern Lebanon. Our intelligence estimates that there at at least 8,000 of them, more likely 10,000. So spending a few dozen on attacks on the north of Israel will not deplete the stocks seriously. The IDF has to reduce the HizbAllah "inventory" - before they do.

Now to briefly analyze this sudden outbreak of hostilities.

In the movie, The Wizard of Oz the wizard, knowing that discovery is imminent, shouts "don't pay attention to that man behind the curtain!"

So who is "the man behind the curtain"?

Once again, I draw the reader's attention to an article in WorldNet Daily called "West Bank Rocket War?"

Aaron Klein's article details an interview with Abu Oudai, a chief rocket coordinator for the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Judea and Samaria. In it, Oudai explains the plans for his terrorist group to bring in missiles and develop the capability to hit the cities where the majority of Israel's residents live - Tel Aviv and its suburbs to the north, as well as cities like Netanya and K'var Sava, where lots of well off folks live. This is the soft underbelly of the rich elite of the country.

Abu Oudai claimed major Israeli cities and the country's international airport would eventually become Palestinian rocket targets, particularly following Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's planned withdrawal from most of Judea and Samaria, which borders Israel's main population centers.

Later the article continues,

Abu Oudai said he does not fear Israeli retaliation for his group's planned rocket launchings from Judea and Samaria.

"I heard many time the expression of unprecedented response. The only
unprecedented thing is the frequency of the Israeli 'empty threats.' We are
not afraid and we have nothing to fear," said Abu Oudai.

To the best of my knowledge, the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is aligned not with Hamas, nor with HizbAllah, the "targets" of these attacks by the IDF, but with good old friendly Uncle Mahmoud Abbas, Olmert's putative "peace partner" and a man who is reportedly under the personal protection of Secretary of State Condaleezza Rice.

So we meet the man - or is it woman? - behind the curtain.

The drums of war beat and the soldiers march forth, but the real snakes in the grass lie in northern Samaria, the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, and in the state department of the American government.

Ruvy, born in New York, moved to Minnesota where he managed a Burger King and wrote stories. In addition to writing for Blogcritics Magazine, he is editor for the Root & Branch Information Service. Formerly living in Jerusalem, he lives with his family in Ma'alé Levoná where he is a freelance editor and writer.
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#1
Ruvy in Jerusalem
July 13, 2006
08:17 AM

Hizbullah: if Israel attacks Beirut, we'll attack Haifa
Roee Nahmias at YNET 07/13/2006 14:37 Ynetnews

According to the al-Jazeera television station, the Hizbullah terrorist organization warned that if Israel dares to attack Beirut or the city's
southern suburbs, it would attack Haifa.

"If Beirut or its suburbs will sustain Israeli attacks, we will attack Haifa," said a statement issued by the organization.

This came by e-mail, courtesy of Dr. Aaron Lerner's fine reportorial service, IMRA.

#2
Raj
July 13, 2006
10:38 AM

All the best to Israel !!! Finish them off !! Win this war like you won in 1948!!

#3
balaji
July 13, 2006
01:49 PM

by the same token, the injuns should finish off all the whites who came from some-where, ruvy and raj!

hope you do not discriminate! i believe you folks.

finish all the white and pale faced ones! give back the land to the 'red'-indians?? and the mayans and incans?

thanks raj for demanding the rights of rightful people.

let's hope the red-indians who are enclosed in enclaves and got killed by the thousands, can claim their land back.

let us send, the germans, the british, the poles, and others to where they came from.

if they do not wish to go back to where they came from. kill the buggers.

i am sure ruvy's israel will provide the uzi's and other armament that are needed to wage a war with the pale-faced people.

later we can figure out what we need to do with the central asian tribals who came to what is known as india today.



#4
balaji
July 13, 2006
01:55 PM

hey ruvy my friend,

if you are a true jew, you must be a 'katua' according to raj.

katua means a person who got his penis circumcised.

i have no issues about it. i believe i must respect all religions. we call it secularism. many folks think it's blasphemy!

it is used as a derogatory term for muslims in india.

hope you are not a katua. if so, raj would be upset!


#5
Ruvy in Jerusalem
July 13, 2006
02:21 PM

Raj,

Think about your good wishes. In 1948 we beat the Egyptians, the Lebanese, the Iraqis and the Syrians but lost badly to the Jordanians. Had we beat them in 1948, there would have been no subsequent wars. But, alas, you see the result.

I noted Balaji's comment about 'katuas'. You'll need to think about this point. Both Jews and Moslems are circumcised. I've seen this term in other comments at DesiCritics and while I realize that no anti-Jewish intent is meant by it - it obviously comes from centuries of hostilities between Hindus and Moslems, you might want to consider a bit more carefully the terms of abuse you all use.

After all, the fellow who picked up the news about the Mumbai terror attacks first was, if memory serves, a Moslem. And one of the fellows who operated on my heart two years ago was an Arab. It is a point I do not forget.

#6
Ruvy in Jerusalem
July 13, 2006
02:31 PM

Balaji,

Do yourself a favor and read the following carefully.

Abu Oudai claimed major Israeli cities and the country's international airport would eventually become Palestinian rocket targets, particularly following Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's planned withdrawal from most of Judea and Samaria, which borders Israel's main population centers.

The goal here is to extirpate the entire Jewish state. Abu Oudai is aligned loosely with Mahmoud Abbas. There is NO two state solution in the offing, Balaji. That is not how peace will be accomplished here.

#7
Ruvy in Jerusalem
July 13, 2006
02:42 PM

NEWS UPDATE NEWS UPDATE NEWS UPDATE NEWS UPDATE

I had to run an errand this afternoon, so I was away from the computer. I apologize for the lateness of these updates. All this information comes from e-mails. There will be no URL links to these.

This came in first...

My son just called me from Tzefat to tell me he's ok, three rockets hit Tzefat, one near his friend's house, one near the [mostly Arab]
college. Har Meron is covered with white smoke, and the air raid sirens just went off in Tzefat, 8:25 NY time, as we spoke.

I'm just downloading my mail now, stay tuned...

Then this...

Just spoke to my son again (8 AM NY time), SIX rockets hit Tzefat, one by the Metzuda, one in Har Canaan, one in an old age home (?) and
half the building is gone. TWO of his friends SAW the rocket hit the metzuda, the dorm of his old yeshiva is right under it, and his friend called him that he was lying in bed and he saw the rocket and then the whole building shook, and his former madrich (counselor) saw it hit from where he lives, in Canaan, he has a view and saw the rocket and then the explosion. My son doesn't know of the injuries or 2 (?) deaths there, they are in shelters and sirens and helicopters all around.

Following are more reports

From: GH

A katyusha fell outside Akiva & Shoshan's building in Tsfat. They are
OK, THank G-d....

From: Phil:

My brother was visiting my father's grave in Tsfat when the rockets hit. He told me the noise was very loud and the screaming afterwards
was horrific. Ambulances from all over the north are arriving in Tsfat now.

From: harvey tannenbaum

2 dead 21 injured in Tsfat
Haifa residents being asked to prepare bomb shelters

From: devo
Hi, Friend!
I just spoke with the Tzfat Police, and they gave permission for anyone to break into any bomb shelter until the keys arrive. The
keys are supposedly on the way.

All the best,
B

Then this from the Jewish Agency in Tzfat:

Katyusha rocket lands in Jewish Agency Absorption Center in Tzfat

The Jewish Agency for Israel
13 July 2006

Thursday afternoon a Katyusha rocket landed in the complex of the Jewish Agency's "Canaan" Absorption Center in Tzfat.As a result of this rocket attack, a new immigrant from Ethiopia was slightly injured and treated by Magen David Adom first aid services.

Jewish Agency Chairman, Zeev Bielski instructed the directors of all Absorption Centers and Jewish Agency personnel in Northern Israel to insure that all new immigrants remain in secured locations and bomb shelters for their continued safety.

Thi final e-mail combines the text of a Jerusalem Post report, probably from the on-line edition. I even quoted from it myself in the original article.

From: Sandy
Subject: Safed & all of Israeli's north are under attack!!!!

This is a first for me.....I've always said that no matter what
you hear/see on CNN, things are never that bad, but today I must, sadly, say that no matter what you hear/see on CNN, things here are much worse!!!!

G-d willing this will pass.....
please keep praying for Israel!!!!
Thank you, Sandy



Jul. 13, 2006 14:56 Jerusalem Post
Katyushas fall in Safed, many wounded:
YAAKOV KATZ AND JPOST.COM STAFF

Seven Katyushas fell in the northern city of Safed on Thursday afternoon. The city's immigration center, [A building identical to
mine, just up the street from us] old marketplace, Safed College [This is Safed's branch of Bar Ilan University and it's Library took a direct hit.....the Library is directly above the school's bomb shelter!!!!]
and the Amit Center (a charitable organization) were hit.
[Just since beginning this e-mail, Safed's main street, the "Midrahov" has also been hit, hard.....the bombs are continuing to hit us now, as you are reading this!!!!]

At least two people were wounded at the immigration center. In all, there were two people seriously wounded from shrapnel, with about a dozen lightly wounded and many more in shock.

MDA teams were treating the wounded at the scene and evacuating in ambulances to the city's Ziv Hospital.

In addition, at least one Katyusha reportedly fell in the nearby town of Hatzor Haglilit. Hospitals throughout the North were ordered to
raise their readiness level to Level Three, the second highest possible. Medical teams were being ordered to remain at their posts
in expectation of continued Katyusha strikes.

Earlier, one woman was killed and 29 were wounded - one seriously - when four Hizbullah-fired Katyusha rockets landed in central Nahariya on Thursday morning. She was killed while sitting on her fifth-floor balcony Thursday morning. A rocket hit a floor above, cut through the ceiling and killed her.

More than 60 katyushas have been fired into northern Israel since Thursday morning.

Magen David Adom reported that dozens were treated for shrapnel wounds and nine for shock.

Many Nahariya residents have begun leaving the city, Israel Radio reported.

A short while later, two Katyusha rockets fell near Kibbutz Hagoshrim. Buildings in the area shook from the impact.

Visitors were refusing to leave the hotel in the kibbutz and reservations were reportedly being canceled.

At Nahariya Hospital, patients were moved to secure rooms on lower floors, and about 60 expectant mothers were taken to underground
shelters, said hospital deputy director Moshe Daniel. He said elective surgery has been halted. `We are on very high alert," Daniel
told Israel Radio. "We are prepared."

Nahariya Mayor Jackie Sabag said the whole town has shut down, with businesses closed. Sabag urged all residents to comply with army orders to stay in underground shelters.

All soldiers serving in Northern Command Headquarters in Safed also went down to shelters due to Katyusha attacks.

Katyushas also fell on Thursday morning in Kfar Nasi in the Galilee and in Kibbutz Mahanayim, signifying an increase in the range of Katyusha rockets to 20-25 kilometers. There were no immediate reports of casualties in the attacks. Hizbullah said that in some of its attacks it was using a rocket called "Thunder 1" for the first time, which may have a longer range than older Katyushas.

So far on Thursday morning alone, there have been confirmed Katyusha attacks on Nahariya, Rosh Pina, Kibbutz Hagoshrim, Kibbutz Mishmar
Hayarden, Gadot, Kfar Nasi, Beit Hillel, Kibbutz Mahanayim, Kibbutz Kabri, Mount Hermon, Netiv Haasarah, Mount Meron, Shlomi, Zar'it.

Earlier Thursday morning, several Katyusha rockets landed on an IDF base in Mount Meron on Thursday morning. No one was wounded and no
damage was reported.

Hizbullah also shelled the Western Galilee with mortars. No one was
wounded and no damage was reported.

"This is a new situation. The residents of Israel need to know that we are going into a period that will require resilience," Minister
Issac Herzog said after the emergency cabinet meeting late Wednesday night.

According to Herzog, Israel is holding Lebanon responsible for the attack, which was carried out from its territory.

AP contributed to this report.

#8
Aaman
URL
July 13, 2006
02:48 PM

CNN is reporting the deepest attacks yet inside Israel, and a UN team to visit the region to urge restraint

#9
Aaman
URL
July 13, 2006
03:02 PM

Israel fires on Beirut Airport a second time, as per current news reports

#10
Ruvy in Jerusalem
July 13, 2006
04:43 PM

This is my final posting for the night, unless something really big happens here.

Judy Lash Balint is a Seattle born writer who has been collecting essays for the last six years and publishing them under the title Jerusalem Diaries, which every now and again are collected into books under the same name.

These two items come from her, and convey what is going on in this country remarkably well.
===================================================
Copyright © Judy Lash Balint, 2006

As we file these stories, Haifa is under Katyusha attack. The rockets rained down on Tsfat this afternoon, causing several serious injuries,
and neighboring Rosh Pina and Hatzor Haglalit were hit too.

Our first report comes from Gershom May in Hatzor Haglilit, who describes the two Katyusha hits this afternoon. Our second report is from Jerusalemite Kate Willner, who describes the atmosphere at her
hi-tech office in the Har Hotzvim technical park in Jerusalem since the war started:

Both Gershom and Kate are immigrants from Seattle, WA
----------------------
From: Gershom May, Hatzor Haglili

We were awakened by a call from our friends in Seattle this morning. They were in a panic to know if we were OK. They'd already heard about
the katyushas falling in Rosh Pina, the town right next door to us. We were stunned. We'd not even heard them impact. So, we were caught
off guard.

But we assured them. All is well with us. So, even after the Rosh Pina katyusha, for us in Hatzor it was business as usual. Everyone casually going about their business. Hoping that the local Supermarket wasn't out of their favorite
products. Some were stocking up. Just in case. And others were doing their normal pre-Shabbat shopping.

Things were still calm until just after 1 p.m,. Suddenly, there was a sudden sound of Poom, poompoom, poompoom, poom, poom. With the
accompanying concussion shudders of Katyushas landing up on the hill toward Safed/Tzfat.

Then, about 5 minutes later, though in broad day light, the first wake up call came in Hatzor.
Just a few meters above the ancient site of the Tomb of Honay HaMa'agel. The first Katyusha landed with a loud and ominous BOOM, followed by a thud, and then, the shudder of the concussion
reverberated across, and down the hillside right into Hatzor.

I was working on the porch doing a welding project. Most people either ran to the streets, or those that lived on higher floors flocked to their windows to watch the smoke that began
billowing up from the hillside. Then we saw the accompanying fire in the tinder dry grass, and trees. The spotter planes that have been circling Hatzor since yesterday quickly focused in, and circled around the impact area.

Many people had coffee cups in one hand, and a cell phone in the other. Some gleefully telling friends and relatives what they were witnessing. And, it was exciting. Many were either excitedly talking with neighbors and pointing toward
the hillside impact area. Or, they were on the phone seeking a place to go down South.

Yet others were answering frantic phone calls. Like my neighbor who received a call from her daughter in Tel-Aviv telling them to please
run away and come to them.

The neighbor up and across the path decided for them. The best thing to do, was to go to the Kinneret, just a few miles south of here, and
go swimming. I watched as they went up the steps carrying their picnic supplies, blankets, and gear. Headed for their car.

Then, the second Katushyah hit on the hillside. SUDDENLY, there was a sense of urgency in the air.
Shortly thereafter, there was a huge increase in the traffic into Hatzor.

Some began opening up long unused bomb shelters. Unfortunately, some had been turned into someone's private storage space. Still other neighbors were gathering to watch the hillside. And wondering if they will get to see a Ketushyah actually land!
Others were also trying to catch a glimpse of the news on Television.

Or listen on the radio.

Our almost totally blind friend called in near panic. She had just moved, and she had no idea where the bomb shelter is in her neighborhood. And, there is no program in place to help the
disabled in emergencies.

She paniced even more when she was late getting home. No one would talk to her except my wife who got her to calm down and seek out the neighbors for help.

I checked out the shelter that our neighbor said was for us. It was already being filled to capacity.

Our blind friend called at 4 p.m and told us that her brother had been able to talk his way through the police barrier coming into town and she was leaving with him.

I went to daven Minhah (afternoon prayers).

As we ended Minhah, the police were driving through the streets announcing that everyone was ordered into the bomb shelter. I checked with our neighbor who has the local shelter turned into
their storage space and asked If we can go in with them.

They said, sure. They were trying to get out of Hatzor, and go to Tel-Aviv. We were welcome to the shelter.

We've prepared a large backpack of goodies, water, my Siddur/Tefillin, etc.. Now, we're sitting here, with some of our other neighbors trying to
decide if we should actually go into the shelter.

Decisions,decisons.

From: Gershom May, Hatzor Haglilit
-----------------------------------------
From Jerusalem: By Kate Willner

Things were suddenly different at work yesterday. The news had gone around like a brush fire about the attack by Lebanon; our men killed, and the powerful military retaliation from Israel. The young men here are usually relaxed and in good humor, but yesterday they were...well, I don't know exactly, just different. I noticed there wasn't much of the usual joking around.

The young man next to me was staring pensively off into space at one point, and commented to no one in particular that he wondered when his reserve unit would be called up. I looked around at our 11 person team--8 men, 3 women. At least 6 of the men are under the age of 45. I imagined how our work space would sound and feel without their wonderful masculine presence--it would be real hollow.

Things were different today at work, too. I entered the building through those tall glass doors into the lobby[it's huge; glass-walled
on one side and ceilings that must be at least 2 stories tall], & I was surprised to see the usually near-empty area crowded with men, all
facing the direction of the Kotel and praying.

There were no smells of food from the cafeteria that is just off the lobby--it's a fast day marking the beginning of the Three Weeks before
Tisha B'Av. There was just the wind whipping energetically through when the outside doors were opened, and the soft intoning of prayers.

The feeling I got from weaving my way through the praying men is similar to the feeling of having our soldiers in the streets with their Uzi's--it feels safe, just in a different way. I am so glad I made Aliyah...every Jew should be able to have the experience of every day life with people praying on city buses and in the lobby of their
place of work. My company is providing bagels to break the fast tonight, as well.

From Jerusalem: By Kate Willner

#11
temporal
URL
July 13, 2006
05:05 PM

Ruvy:

stay safe:)

this wish/prayer is for every civilian in the troubled region...nay....everywhere

#12
HP
July 14, 2006
12:33 AM

Hey Ruvy,

Why don't you quote some news items about the more than 100 Lebanese civilians killed in the Israeli 'retaliation'? 8-10 Israelis killed against 100 Lebanese...doesn't seem like Lebanon is the villian here...

#13
Ruvy in Jerusalem
July 14, 2006
01:04 AM

HP,

I'm not at all happy that Lebanon has been targeted. I'd prefer that Syria be directly hit and attacked, and its ports and capital be made into rubble. The same for Riyadh and Iran. Those are the seats of our real enemies.

But the immediate enemy, HizbAllah, is using Lebanon as its base, and therefore they must be struck where they are. As for the Lebanse government, they've had enough to do to try to unhorse the Syrians ruining their country. But they were unwilling at all to deal with HizbAllah. Since HizbAllah which has had a knife at this country's throat for some time, has chosen to deal with us, we must deal with it.

That, unfortunately, is the nature of the conflict.

#14
Ruvy in Jerusalem
July 14, 2006
01:12 AM

This is part of a report from Arutz Sheva last night. Ther first part was a summary of a strike on Haifa and other towns in the north by missiles from HizbAllah.

Arab Violence Spreads

Kassam rockets continued to be fired on western Negev towns throughout the day from the Gaza areas abandoned by Israel under the Sharon regime's Disengagement Plan.

In Judea and Samaria, Arabs threw rocks and firebombs at Israeli targets Thursday afternoon and also fired at Israeli soldiers. No one was injured.

Rocks were thrown at Israeli vehicles in Samaria, and a firebomb was thrown at a bus near Bethlehem.

IDF soldiers found ammunition and weapons in an Arab car at a checkpoint west of Hevron. The driver was arrested and is being interrogated.

Terrorists threw two firebombs at Israeli vehicles traveling on Highway 60 neat Efrat in Gush Etzion Thursday night. No one was injured and no damage was reported.

An explosive device was discovered at a hitchhiking post in the city of Ariel, in Samaria. Army sappers neutralized the bomb.

#15
Ruvy in Jerusalem
July 14, 2006
04:03 AM

Judy Lash Balint is a Seattle born writer who has been collecting essays for the last six years and publishing them under the title Jerusalem Diaries, which every now and again are collected into books under the same name.

These two items come from her, and convey what is going on in this country remarkably well.
===================================================
Copyright © Judy Lash Balint, 2006

As we file these stories, Haifa is under Katyusha attack. The rockets rained down on Tsfat this afternoon, causing several serious injuries,
and neighboring Rosh Pina and Hatzor Haglalit were hit too.

Our first report comes from Gershom May in Hatzor Haglilit, who describes the two Katyusha hits this afternoon. Our second report is from Jerusalemite Kate Willner, who describes the atmosphere at her
hi-tech office in the Har Hotzvim technical park in Jerusalem since the war started:

Both Gershom and Kate are immigrants from Seattle, WA
----------------------
From: Gershom May, Hatzor Haglili

We were awakened by a call from our friends in Seattle this morning. They were in a panic to know if we were OK. They'd already heard about
the katyushas falling in Rosh Pina, the town right next door to us. We were stunned. We'd not even heard them impact. So, we were caught
off guard.

But we assured them. All is well with us. So, even after the Rosh Pina katyusha, for us in Hatzor it was business as usual. Everyone casually going about their business. Hoping that the local Supermarket wasn't out of their favorite
products. Some were stocking up. Just in case. And others were doing their normal pre-Shabbat shopping.

Things were still calm until just after 1 p.m,. Suddenly, there was a sudden sound of Poom, poompoom, poompoom, poom, poom. With the
accompanying concussion shudders of Katyushas landing up on the hill toward Safed/Tzfat.

Then, about 5 minutes later, though in broad day light, the first wake up call came in Hatzor.
Just a few meters above the ancient site of the Tomb of Honay HaMa'agel. The first Katyusha landed with a loud and ominous BOOM, followed by a thud, and then, the shudder of the concussion
reverberated across, and down the hillside right into Hatzor.

I was working on the porch doing a welding project. Most people either ran to the streets, or those that lived on higher floors flocked to their windows to watch the smoke that began
billowing up from the hillside. Then we saw the accompanying fire in the tinder dry grass, and trees. The spotter planes that have been circling Hatzor since yesterday quickly focused in, and circled around the impact area.

Many people had coffee cups in one hand, and a cell phone in the other. Some gleefully telling friends and relatives what they were witnessing. And, it was exciting. Many were either excitedly talking with neighbors and pointing toward
the hillside impact area. Or, they were on the phone seeking a place to go down South.

Yet others were answering frantic phone calls. Like my neighbor who received a call from her daughter in Tel-Aviv telling them to please
run away and come to them.

The neighbor up and across the path decided for them. The best thing to do, was to go to the Kinneret, just a few miles south of here, and
go swimming. I watched as they went up the steps carrying their picnic supplies, blankets, and gear. Headed for their car.

Then, the second Katushyah hit on the hillside. SUDDENLY, there was a sense of urgency in the air.
Shortly thereafter, there was a huge increase in the traffic into Hatzor.

Some began opening up long unused bomb shelters. Unfortunately, some had been turned into someone's private storage space. Still other neighbors were gathering to watch the hillside. And wondering if they will get to see a Ketushyah actually land!
Others were also trying to catch a glimpse of the news on Television.

Or listen on the radio.

Our almost totally blind friend called in near panic. She had just moved, and she had no idea where the bomb shelter is in her neighborhood. And, there is no program in place to help the
disabled in emergencies.

She paniced even more when she was late getting home. No one would talk to her except my wife who got her to calm down and seek out the neighbors for help.

I checked out the shelter that our neighbor said was for us. It was already being filled to capacity.

Our blind friend called at 4 p.m and told us that her brother had been able to talk his way through the police barrier coming into town and she was leaving with him.

I went to daven Minhah (afternoon prayers).

As we ended Minhah, the police were driving through the streets announcing that everyone was ordered into the bomb shelter. I checked with our neighbor who has the local shelter turned into
their storage space and asked If we can go in with them.

They said, sure. They were trying to get out of Hatzor, and go to Tel-Aviv. We were welcome to the shelter.

We've prepared a large backpack of goodies, water, my Siddur/Tefillin, etc.. Now, we're sitting here, with some of our other neighbors trying to
decide if we should actually go into the shelter.

Decisions,decisons.

From: Gershom May, Hatzor Haglilit
-----------------------------------------
From Jerusalem: By Kate Willner

Things were suddenly different at work yesterday. The news had gone around like a brush fire about the attack by Lebanon; our men killed, and the powerful military retaliation from Israel. The young men here are usually relaxed and in good humor, but yesterday they were...well, I don't know exactly, just different. I noticed there wasn't much of the usual joking around.

The young man next to me was staring pensively off into space at one point, and commented to no one in particular that he wondered when his reserve unit would be called up. I looked around at our 11 person team--8 men, 3 women. At least 6 of the men are under the age of 45. I imagined how our work space would sound and feel without their wonderful masculine presence--it would be real hollow.

Things were different today at work, too. I entered the building through those tall glass doors into the lobby[it's huge; glass-walled
on one side and ceilings that must be at least 2 stories tall], & I was surprised to see the usually near-empty area crowded with men, all
facing the direction of the Kotel and praying.

There were no smells of food from the cafeteria that is just off the lobby--it's a fast day marking the beginning of the Three Weeks before
Tisha B'Av. There was just the wind whipping energetically through when the outside doors were opened, and the soft intoning of prayers.

The feeling I got from weaving my way through the praying men is similar to the feeling of having our soldiers in the streets with their Uzi's--it feels safe, just in a different way. I am so glad I made Aliyah...every Jew should be able to have the experience of every day life with people praying on city buses and in the lobby of their
place of work. My company is providing bagels to break the fast tonight, as well.

From: Kate Willner, Jerusalem:

#16
Ruvy in Jerusalem
July 14, 2006
04:05 AM

Sorry for the double posting. I had forgotten that I had posted Judy Lash Balint's stuff last night!!!

#17
Ruvy in Jerusalem
July 14, 2006
04:06 AM

Apparently there has not been more fighting on the border, although there may have been air-raids on Lebanon overnight. So now the analysts are kicking in in a big way, spinning the facts this way and that.

It should be borne in mind that many Israelis in the north spent their night in a "miklát" - a word that serves for basesment, air-raid shelter, storm cellar, and in the case of rich folks, wine cellar. So many of them were away from their computers, which is how I have gotten news on the ground without running into military censors or the BS artists in the Hebrew and overseas press.

First, from the IDF. This report deals with the fact that, in spite of eveything, Israel is trying to make sure that Arabs in Gaza have food to eat. This was received courtesy of Dr. Aaron Lerner and IMRA.
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July 13th 2006

IDF SPOKESPERSON UPDATE

Despite ongoing terror attacks from Gaza aimed at the civilian population in Israel, and as part of the IDF's commitment to minimize the damage to the Palestinian population of the Gaza Strip, the following supplies were transferred today through the Erez, Karni and Nahal Oz crossings;

Over 30 containers and 140 trucks containing:
- 1080 tons of various grains
- 800 tons of sugar
- 140 tons of dairy products
- 520 tons of flour
- 420 tons of fruit
- 169 tons of oil
- 120 tons of salt
- 160 tons of rice
- 40 tons of eggs
- 100 tons of meat and fish products
- 7 trucks containing medicines and medical equipment
- several heavy duty generators
- 25,000 liters of chloride
- 350,000 liters of diesel
- 50,000 liters of petrol
- 100 tons of cooking gas.

It is important to note that the water and electricity supply from Israel to
the Gaza Strip remains uninterrupted.
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The second report comes from a lady who works in Tzfat (Safed in her e-mail) and lives in Karmiel, not far away. It is another "slice of life" report that puts you on the ground in the hilly holy city in the north.
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Hi, all.

Yesterday, just before I left the office, I heard
several 'booms' and saw the smoke rising from Safed. As I was leaving, several ambulances were coming into the ER at the Hospital. By the time I got back to Karmiel, Madj el Krum had been hit and there were rumors, later verified, that Karmiel had suffered a hit as well, but apparently no one was hurt in Karmiel
although several injuries occured in Madj.

When I got to my neighborhood, lots of folks were
milling around the local miklat, problem being that there was an enormous lock on the door and no key.

The local moked (literally "focus" - used in modern Hebrew to indicate a command center) said to call the police. The police said the call 'this number,' and 'this number' said to call the moked. Finally, someone went home and got a big hammer and broke the lock. The miklat was clean and very basic. The ventilators did not work. I don't know about the toilets, because I left and went to a "five star" miklat in another neighborhood! (air conditioning, 3 working toilets, etc.) The second miklat is
operated as a moadón (clubroom) for olím hadashím (new immigrants, like yours truly) from Romania. There I found about 25 young girls and their group leader. The group was from a small town in Hungary, and they had saved up for 2 years to be able to fly to Israel and perform at the Karmiel dance festival which is scheduled to be held next week (or not???) One girl spoke pretty good English and asked what was happening, so I filled them in and assured them that their lives were not in danger. Eventually the organizers appeared and told them to pack up; they were returning home. I saw them off on the bus to Tel Aviv where they would await word from the Hungarian Embassy as to when they would be flying home.

After a couple of hours I went home. Most of my
friends never went to the miklatím (plural of miklat). Many, because they could not understand the announcements in Hebrew.

Listening to a teacher in ulpán (a special class to teach Hebrew to new immigrants) is a whole lot
different from trying to figure out what someone in a car is saying over the loudspeaker as he drives by...

Some just elected to stay home. The last direction I heard last night was that residents of Karmiel (and lots of other places) were to spend the night in or near a miklat. Since I am pretty close to our neighborhood miklat, I elected to spend the night in my own bed. Good decision.

Well, what about today??? Just as in the Iraq Wars (I'm only here since 1985, so I don't have the previous war experiences of our most senior
members of the list), I will go to the gym, buy my newspaper, do my shopping and have a coffee with friends. Life goes on.

I did call my kids in the USA to let them know I was okay. Like many other Americans, they had no idea what was going on. I wanted to let them know that if they should, by any chance, hear the name of my town on TV (one of them doesn't own a television set anyhow), they should not get alarmed. The truth is, I just wanted to let them know I love them. I am not an alarmist; I do believe that one never knows what any given day might bring, so that it is very important to
me to say "I love you" at every opportunity. One of them reminded me that if I want to 'retreat' to the US, I would be welcome, and that the ticket would be on him. I was really touched, thanked him, and told him about my plans for the day...

Anyhow, I hope we will be able to walk about without fear soon and wish all my neighbors from g'vul hatzafón (the northern border areas) to Haifa and all 'Am Yisrael (the people of Israel - meaning all Jews everywhee) a safe and quiet weekend.

And I hope we bomb the *&&% out of our enemies,
wherever they may be. "Tuez-les tous; Dieu
reconnaitra les siens."

S, still glad to be here...
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#18
Ruvy in Jerusalem
July 14, 2006
09:41 AM

Final News Reports before Signing Off for the Sabbath

Most of these stories have to do with the fact that while the IDF has struck at HizbAllah, the real problems in Israel are not Arabs at all.

The attacks on Lebanon have had unexpected consequences. The Age reports tht as many as 25,000 Australians, tourists and businesspeople, are now stuck in Lebanon.

This is from Shmuel haLevi of Radio Free Israel:
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LITMUS TEST QUESTIONS

Our recognition to the soldiers and field officers

As to the... government...

The so called "offensive" as it is is so pathetic that no results will come of it. It is a transparent propaganda attempt, not to repair the huge disaster of Oslo and disengagement.

WHERE IS THE ARROW anti rocket SYSTEM...?

Where are the 3000 machine guns and millions of bullets Mr. Olmert and Mr. Peres and theirs facilitated to the enemy?

Why is Mr. Olmert re supplying the enemy in Gaza?

Is the Shabak "Jewish Sektion" detaining Jews in secret?

When will the Knesset order the creation of Commissions to investigate the Oslo crimes, the Lebanon catastrophic retreat, the "disengagement" Pogrom and the Amona assault?

When will the IBA (Israel Broadcasting Authority)be available to those that correctly denounced the activities of those involved in all of the above acts?

INVESTIGATIONS: Is Mr. Hanegbi's investigation completed? (Hanegbi is under investigation fro various charges of corruption. He moved from the Likud to Kadima - I suspect on the promise of Ariel Sharon that the investigation of him would be buried.)

Is Mr. Omri Sharon serving time yet? (Omri Sharon, the eldest son of Ariel Sharon was sentenced to a light prison term after pleading guilty to charbes of illegally handling vcampaign fund for his father).

There are four young girls in jail for protesting the deviants that created Oslo and disengagement.
Release them immediately.

SHmuel HaLevi
Radio Free Israel

PS: The poor victims of peace soldiers taken prisoner by the enemy are of course not even counted any more in the news.

PS 2: Shortly our investigative reporters will publish our findings regarding the above.
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This is from Sergio Tezza:

INCOMPETENCE OR WORSE?
Whose hands are we in?

Foreign press agencies and Lebanese sources confirm that all the MEA (Lebanese Airlines) planes and many other private planes have taken off this morning from Beirut Airport for unknown destinations from a side runaway missed by the Israeli Air Force.

These are the kind of things that they keep hidden from Israelis. NO ONE HERE SPEAKS ABOUT IT!

Wasn't the Israeli Air Force supposed to prevent the take off of all planes from Lebanon so as to avoid the transfer of our soldiers outside of Lebanon???

Are we once again in the hands of people who do not know what they are doing, chas we-shalom (G-d forbid)?

Do we have reasons to trust the same guys who gave us the Palestinian Authority, Hamastan, Hizbollahstan, and said things like "they would not dare using the weapons we give them against us" (Rabin 1994); or "Shtuyot! (nonsense!): whoever speaks of missiles from Gaza does not know what he is talking about" (Peres 1994), "In the new middle east Israel is going to be part of the Arab League" (Peres 1994); "if they dare doing anything against the Jews of Hebron we'll send in the tanks" (Netanyahu 1997 while giving the PLO terrorists control of the high grounds overlooking Hebron's Jewish community, which caused six months of uninterrupted fire upon it and the assassination of 10 months old Shalheveth Pass); "if they just dare shooting one bullet from Lebanon we'll hit them hard" (Barak 2000 just a few months before katyushas fell on Shlomi, Hizbollah kidnapped and killed our soldiers and Israel did nothing); "if they dare sending missiles from Gaza onto Israel we'll make it stop painfully" (Mofaz and Sharon 2005).

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This from IMRA

Friday, July 14, 2006
Israeli legal system in ideological clash with teenage girls?
http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=30061

[IMRA: Noam Federman is a personality who has been a source of tremendous embarrassment to the Israeli prosecutorial system over the years - and paradoxically a glimmer of hope for the court system. Time and again Israeli authorities have tried to silence Federman (who has been associated with various "radical" right activities over the years) with criminal charges only to find that the courts ultimately ruled in his favor.]

Noam Federman July 2006

Presently incarcerated in the women's prison - Nave Tirtza - for the last four weeks are three 14 year old girls.

Another 15 year old young girl has also been incarcerated in the Russian Compound detention facility in Jerusalem.

What are the "grave" crimes that these young girls have committed? Some three weeks ago large IDF and police forces arrived at the Avraham
Avinu neighbourhood in Hebron with the object of constructing a wall between the neighbourhood playground and the house of an Arab. The Avraham Avinu residents object to the construction of the wall since it is being built on
the area of the neighbourhood playground and is harmful to the children. The forces came to prevent a disturbance to the construction of the wall.

Demonstrators awaited them at the site and also a group of some 20 girls stood on the roof and threw water over the police officers. The police
officers used great violence and arrested the group. In the evening they were brought before a judge of the Jerusalem Magistrates Court.

At the court hearing the three girls - Shira Meydad, Yizka Federman and Uria Shirel - stood up and informed the Court that they did not recognise its jurisdiction to try them since the Court was not acting in accordance with the laws of the Torah. They also stated that they were not prepared to sign any document or guarantee.

They were detained in consequence thereof and the Court judges attempted to 'educate'the girls and to compel them to be released upon conditions that would be determined by the Court. Every few days the girls are brought
before the Court and the judges ask them "Nu, are you prepared to sign now?" and the girls 'stick to their guns' - "We are not prepared"!

The prison authorities are also attempting to exert pressure on them, they are preventing them from having family visits, from receiving equipment from their families and more, with the object of making them want to be released - but without success.

A week ago the police arrested another young girl - Yizka Weiss - because, according to the police, she had participated in a demonstration opposite the home of Supreme Court Justice Ayela Proketzia, who had handed down a harsh sentence against Yizka Federman. After the investigation the young girl was brought to Court and the police applied for her to be released on
the condition that she would not approach the Supreme Court Justice's home.

The young girl then announced to the Court that she also did not recognise its jurisdiction to try her and that she was not prepared to be released on the conditions that had been required of her. She has also been detained
since then and while the three girls are being held together, she is in total isolation in the Russian Compound in Jerusalem.

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Finally, I send you all to the website of Arutz Sheva for a summary of Friday's news out of this fair country.

#19
Raj
July 14, 2006
11:53 AM

Personal attacks not tolerated.

#20
Ruvy in Jerusalem
July 14, 2006
12:40 PM

I'm supposed to be off the computer and was about to shut it when this came in my e-mail box...

From: harvey tannenbaum
Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 13:28
Subject: no shabbat here


Nahariya 2 more katyushas hit residential building 710pm injuries...
Karmiel 5katyushas....injuries
Meron area katyushas just hit near kever

cabinet called into session 11pm Friday night

Haifa sirens just went off expected incoming missiles

#21
Ruvy in Jerusalem
July 14, 2006
12:52 PM

This pulled up from news flashes from Haaretz


19:36 Katyusha rockets hit Safed; no injuries or damage reported (Haaretz)

19:32 Katyusha rocket lands in Acre; 4 land in Nahariya, one in Carmeil (Haaretz)

19:09 PMO official: Israel poised to take any steps necessary to protect its citizens (Reuters)

18:52 Dozens of Palestinians enter Gaza via hole blown in Gaza-Egypt border wall (Reuters)

18:29 Palestinian gunmen blow up portion of Gaza-Egypt border fence (Reuters)

18:18 IAF missiles slam Hezbollah radio offices in Beirut (Reuters)

18:07 IAF targets bridges on Beirut-Damascus highway (Haaretz)

17:56 Witnesses: IAF aircraft fires rocket at Hezbollah`s Beirut stronghold (Reuters)

17:24 Man seriously hurt when rocket hits Galilee village of Yesod Hama`alah (Channel 10)

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