We arrived in Israel in the middle of what is now called the Second Lebanon War.
I honestly lost track of the number of “Operations” and thousands of rockets since August 2006.
Now going into the second month of the current war, I started walking a different route each day on the Jerusalem streets to see what was happening posting daily on Facebook, and to share a photo essay here.
The Knesset was lit bright blue and white at night with the flag blowing in the breeze.
The blue and white Israeli flags get bigger and bigger, and traffic has returned to the streets.
The local bomb shelter is lit brightly at night, and thankfully we did not need it this past week.
One day there were sirens, lots of loud sirens. Fire trucks are not a common sound on Jerusalem streets. However, this incident seemed to have been nothing more than someone burning their midday meal.
The scene at the main entrance to Jerusalem has changed and is constantly changing.
This new sight is one example.
It is the entrance to the newly opened tunnel to exit Jerusalem to Route #1.
One exits after the traffic light, and goes under the Chord Bridge and out of Jerusalem.
But not everything was moving smoothly, the Museum of Tolerance was closed.
It was the first time I had passed this art piece in Mamilla Mall and no live person was sitting there.
The Tower of David Museum is one of many Jerusalem museums slowly opening again.
I was pleased to see a lecture was being held when I walked by. The Tower of David Museum is one of the places hosting evacuees (from the South and North) who found refuge in Jerusalem.
International media crews are here in the thousands. I wonder if they noticed the Arab men and Christian priests who walked by outside Jaffa Gate, as on any regular Jerusalem day.
I was taking a video of a building’s active construction when this woman walked in front of my camera. Many times I saw Muslim women walking alone as a matter of course.
Not a sight I have seen reported anywhere. Not news.
Oh, what a beautiful view from the hills of Jerusalem, where 34 families from Sderot are staying.
The fire engine there is a classic, if not antique model.
But the washing machines are brand new and greatly appreciated. Providing meals three times a day is good. However, keeping the family clothes clean is a big challenge in all the locations for evacuees.
Students from the south are starting to go to school again in the new locations.
I have avoided going South for this latest war – it feels too much like ‘been there done that’.
This was the fence we saw at Kibbutz Alumim on a previous trip.
One of my first glimpses at an Iron Dome posed ready toward Gaza on an Israeli kibbutz.
Ah, the view from the fields of Kibbutz Alumim toward Gaza – before October 7.
This was the sign warning of the border – not to cross.
In Jerusalem last week beds for the over 200 kidnapped hostages were prepared in Safra Square.
Yellow ribbons were put on the security fence at Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s Residence.
Amazing that over 300,000 Israelis have returned TO Israel since the war started.
The long lists of funerals and the photos of the beautiful young faces lost are painful to look at.
However, this week began with an engagement party! The young couple brought together families from Australia, Belgium, and England to drink a l’chaim in Jerusalem and eat chulent on a Monday night!
We had a family Bar Mitzvah on Shabbat, except for one uncle in active service and two cousins working in the US – both sides of aunts. uncles and first cousins were able to celebrate together. Not so simple when the bar mitzvah boy’s family is over 60 people – during a war.
The paper cups had the slogan “United Together” and went with the blue and white theme.
Time to remember the good along with the very bad.
An M-4 or 16 slung over a shoulder has become a common sight on the Jerusalem streets.
It’s time to remember – we are the good guys.
At Beit Hanasi, the Israeli President’s Residence, US Ambassador to Israel Jacob Joseph Lew presented his credentials to President Isaac Herzog on Sunday afternoon November 5, 2023.
Welcome to Jerusalem Ambassador Lew in these interesting times.
Here’s hoping for a shavuah tov on the Jerusalem streets and the rest of Israel and the world.