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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Echoes of the past

"I am almost glad we have been bombed. Now I feel I can look the East End in the face."

~ Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (4 August 1900 – 30 March 2002) the Queen Consort of King George VI of the United Kingdom after Buckingham Palace was bombed by the Germans.~

The quote above from WWII pretty much sums up how I feel now.  Even though I've spent most of my morning running in and out of the bomb shelter here at work in Beer Sheva, I am strangely relieved that I can finally 'look the people of Sderet in the face'.

Obviously each time I hear the nearby explosion of a landing Ketyusha I would much rather it had not come.  But at least now there is a feeling of solidarity with others that can only come with sharing the experience of living under bombardment.

Posted by David Bogner on December 31, 2008 | Permalink


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How in the world did you find that quote? Stay safe.


Posted by: What War Zone??? | Dec 31, 2008 11:32:06 AM

On the bright side, at least you are getting a bit of exercise at work. Stay safe!

Posted by: Yael | Dec 31, 2008 12:42:40 PM

Glad to hear you are ok.

Posted by: westbankmama | Dec 31, 2008 2:57:13 PM

Be safe David. Silly question, but can you tell me why Barak is being a moron and trying a repeat of the Lebanon 2 strategy? Again, they are holding off on sending in the army. They had Hamas all confused by day 3, but instead of sending troops in to further their confusion, they have allowed Hamas time to restore their command and control and now 100 rockets a day flying into Israel. It's a disgrace. I'm not for turning soldiers into cannon fodder, but if you're going to fight a war, define your objectives and get the job done. All this sitting around is going to work against Israel REAL fast.

Posted by: Josh K | Dec 31, 2008 3:08:52 PM

glad you can hold your head up high - just remember to duck and cover when necessary.

Posted by: Debbie | Dec 31, 2008 3:22:21 PM

You and your family stay safe...I believe not allowing Hamas 48 hours to regroup and rearm was good (the only logical) judgement.

For what it's worth, Happy New Year.

Posted by: Sam | Dec 31, 2008 3:23:06 PM

I kind of wish my daughter was having less solidarity during her winter visit with her grandparents in Beer Sheva and on the negev kibbutz, but she's doing fine.
take care.

Posted by: timna | Dec 31, 2008 3:30:28 PM

This is an interesting quote. I hope everyone in Israel stays safe. I'm keeping you all in my prayers.

Posted by: Amanda | Dec 31, 2008 3:52:51 PM

I like the quote, but stay safe anyway!

Posted by: Chantal | Dec 31, 2008 4:18:34 PM

Yikes! Stay safe.

Posted by: psachya | Dec 31, 2008 4:21:57 PM

Praying that you all stay safe.

Posted by: Jendeis | Dec 31, 2008 5:54:15 PM

David, once again we have been glued to all the news regarding Israel. You'll be somewhat gratified to know that Israel has friends at Fox News. I was watching yesterday and one of the anchors was interviewing a Palestinian woman. I'd heard all the rhetoric before, but her comments were so ridiculous and nonsensical that he cut her off at the knees and cut short the interview while she was still mid-sentence. I was so proud of him for doing that. She actually said things, like, "Yes, Gaza has been firing rockets, but they don't have exploding heads." and "We are the victim here." On and on it went.

Here is the video

David please stay safe.

Posted by: Maya | Dec 31, 2008 6:53:45 PM

I just bought a ticket to come to Israel for a week, from January 19 through the 26th. Surprisingly, my wife and kids didn't think it a bad idea. I hope the shooting is long over by then, but for better or for worse, I am looking forward to being there. I was just disappointed that I didn't get a war discount on the tickets.

Posted by: Barzilai | Dec 31, 2008 7:38:28 PM

Check out Yaeli's most recent post. One of her Gazan blogging friends said he was glad that Israel was FINALLY pummelling Hamas.

Posted by: Noa | Dec 31, 2008 7:46:16 PM

You're in our prayers David.

Posted by: David Bailey | Dec 31, 2008 9:34:01 PM

Stay safe!
May those katyushas be stopped once and for all.

Posted by: reader | Dec 31, 2008 9:49:29 PM

I can relate to the sentiment.

Admittedly, we are home safe.

But we did go visit my sister in law when she lived in Gush Katif, and fell asleep to the sound of gunfire and mortars falling not nearly far enough away....

Posted by: Rivka with a capital A | Dec 31, 2008 11:32:37 PM

ps. isn't it funny how 15 years ago, Jerusalem was the "most dangerous" place to live and now people keep coming here for safety....

we live in interesting times....

I wish they were boring.

Posted by: Rivka with a capital A | Dec 31, 2008 11:33:50 PM

Hopefully any good people in Gaza will be invited to take a vacation in the West Bank for a few weeks while the rest of the place is cleaned up. But until then there will be extra safety challenges for everyone. Do stay safe until then.

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Posted by: Tamar | Jan 1, 2009 9:52:23 AM

Stay safe.

Posted by: Jack | Jan 1, 2009 10:14:29 AM

Stay safe, and be very good to yourself--stress has a way of sneakin' up on you.

The Queen Mum was a weird woman in many ways, but she had amazing style during the war.

Posted by: balabusta in bluejeans | Jan 2, 2009 10:35:43 AM

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