With the season of many holidays at an end and summer on the way,
Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu took his government members and their spouses
to the cool mountains of Safed for a get away on Friday and Saturday.
It was good timing as Jerusalem was hit with a heat wave.
The streets by the Tayalet were much quieter than usual,
the Haas Promenade, a popular tourist spot with one of the best views of the Old City,
was nearly deserted, all seemed so quiet, I did not take more zoom shots.
So it is impossible to see the rock throwers and policemen on the Temple Mount
who made of all day’s the headlines.
The real action on the streets was…a few Segway riders.
Children’s playgrounds were empty in the afternoon sun,
good only for finishing up a frozen ice cream treat.
Tel Aviv has the beach… in Jerusalem, when the temperature rises,
people flock to the air-conditioned shopping malls
to keep cool and have fun.
Every car waiting to park is searched, causing traffic backups;
every package, bag and pocket contents are examined.
There was one occasion when security was called into action and came running..
when a couple of Chabad young men pulled tefillin out of a bag to put on a solider.
Inside the large Jerusalem Mall,
one can find everything from a colorful bird in a noisy passage way
to a quiet reading room in a book store.
Food establishments fill whole sections of the malls,
and are popular as a place for families
and friends to meet and sit for hours.
Large signs may announce the season of culture,
but this is also the beginning of the season of the mall.
The Prime Minister left for Rome today, the doctors strike is dragging on
and borders all around are heating up.
Keeping cool, and a comfortable spot to sit in a mall…
could be more important than ever this summer.