After 11 cease-fire attempts this summer,
where Israel ceased and Hamas kept firing,
this last one seems to be holding.
Almost a full day without red alerts and sirens,
after 50 days Israel is quiet.
People in south can go more than 15 seconds from shelter.
But before Hamas stopped aiming at Israeli civilians,
sadly two men were murdered and
a four-year old boy was killed on his kibbutz,
near the end of this summer barrage of Hamas mortars and missiles.
Though Jerusalem, Israel was not hit
and “only” aimed at a few times,
the streets were eerie quiet this summer.
This summer tourism was way down,
but those tourists who did not cancel had a great time.
One US friend shared photos of her family
enjoying themselves at tourist locations.
On Nasi Street the patriotic flags are gone,
but light poles are covered with blue and white lights.
“Did you know that if you post photos of cute little kittens,
the world will become safe?” a friend posted on Facebook.
I had never heard such a thing,
but it was good to see our neighborhood bully cat was back.
As “normal” returns to Jerusalem, Israel streets,
school starts next week.
I love the “Welcome to First Grade” signs.
Only in Israel is starting first grade a bigger deal
than some university graduations in other parts of the world.
Finally a slow news day.
With the southern border quieter now,
the northern one is warming up with
“spill over” from Syrian fighting.
Cannot help but wonder,
what will happen next on Jerusalem, Israel streets