After a cold and wet week,
the sun is shining again and sky is blue
over the Jerusalem, Israel streets.
It is impossible to compress all that has happened
this past week into a 30-second blog post.
Complexity has to be cut to a sound bite, while
we keep trying to share what the mainstream media misses.
The President of Cyprus was visiting,
and his country’s flag hung on Jerusalem, Israel streets.
I wonder what dignitaries see of what is really happening.
Did the President meet regular Israelis?
Did you know he was here?
Or that the German Bundestag President is speaking at the Knesset?
Most people just read of “conflict” and troubles,
but construction is booming.
Huge cranes fill the skylines.
The Museum of Tolerance is above ground,
the construction site is busy with dozens of Arab workers.
In Tel Aviv, more towers are under construction,
two are going up near the Google office.
The flatland of the Negev is such a contrast
to the Judean Hills of Jerusalem.
For the shmita year, some farmers are taking
the sabbatical year literally, leaving the land untended.
But in the Negev,
the Bedouin town of Rahat is booming,
and Soda Stream’s new plant stretches out in the sand nearby.
A few kilometers down the road
there is a new sign welcoming visitors to the new Beersheva.
The once sleepy desert town is the largest city in the Negev.
Beersheva is booming with new neighborhoods,
new business and new cultural life.
After the hundreds of rockets from Gaza last summer,
Beersheva homes are getting new safe rooms.
There were so many sleepless nights due to red alert sirens
announcing the oncoming missiles that
home bomb shelters are being installed.
Will running to a safe spot be the summer activity again?
There was another rocket last night in the south,
and it was not the first of the season.
The UNHRC has released its report.
Did they take into account the millions of Israelis
living under terrible conditions last summer?
“I believe in PEACE” says this sticker on a Jerusalem crossing.
Everyone hopes those rockets from Gaza,
and the explosions on the Golan border will stop.
Big plans for this summer.
The start-up nation is booming.
Weddings and end-of-year school performances fill the evenings.
No bombs and rockets are welcome.
Nothing is simple,
but like this Jerusalem bus sign,
here’s wishing all a good and safe trip.
Heavy traffic and long lines near car wash locations.
In much of Israel this week,
a sandstorm was so heavy it was hard to see,
and breathing was difficult.
It was not a pretty picture.
Then, cold, strong winds came and blew and blew.
It only rained a little in Jerusalem, Israel,
enough to leave mud covering everything, especially cars.
the sky cleared,
the sun came out,
time to admire the flowers again.