It's easy for me to say that war is hell, from my (relatively) safe nest in the Tel Aviv "bubble," but this latest invasion into Gaza by the Israel Defense Forces can't be nice for anyone in the Middle East. Innocent people get killed, hurt, widowed, orphaned, sick with worry. If I had had the bad luck to live in Gaza with no place else to go, I would be pretty miserable and scared today. That being said, here in Tel Aviv I am also pretty miserable and scared, because I really don't understand why the Western media reports seems so anti-Israel. Do journalists in England and the US really believe that Hamas deserves sympathy, do they really want to see Israel disappear, or are they misguidedly trying to sympathize with innocent Palestinians, even those who voted for Hamas hoping for an improvement in their lives? Somebody please enlighten me: I feel thick-headed.
I am in the bind of wanting to know what's happening but not wanting to read any papers or listen to any broadcast news (in English) because I will end up just feeling worse, but it seems frivolous to do anything else, except maybe work on improving my Hebrew reading skills. How I wish this would end soon, but it may not.
I think I'll start knitting a hat for a soldier.