From: Stuart [stuart….@netvision.net.il]
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2006 11:28 AM
Subject: Return to the front line!! And how.
withstanding pressure from our children, we made the decision to return to Haifa today and got quite
home was uneventful, we did our shopping in Bet Shemesh not knowing what the situation was in Haifa. As we approached
the city, the roads were almost deserted. A major junction we use to travel up
the mountain did not have even one car waiting and with flashing amber traffic
lights we were able to continue without stopping.
We have now
been home for two hours and have had to go into the protected room on three
occasions as the sirens start to sound. On the first occasion we heard the
sound of 5 rockets exploding but from our location they could have landed
anywhere from Nahariya to Haifa. (it now
transpires there was a direct hit on a home in Nahariya
and one killed, others injured.) We did not hear any explosions from the last
two sirens. Quite a homecoming.
there was a direct hit on a home in Haifa.
A friend, Lennie Maschkowski,
who is a real expert in photography took the pictures attached, I hope you can
read them. The first shows the wall of the building around 100 -150 metres away from the building that was hit, peppered by the
ball bearings that are encased in the missiles to cause maximum injury and
damage. The second photo shows the effect on a car nearby which gives the
indication of how densely packed these balls are in the missile head. Picture
three show the steel balls relative to a one shekel coin which is 2 mm of ¾” in
discussing the situation over breakfast in Jerusalem this morning, I think that Hadassah
(Hasja) summed it up ideally. Israel is
performing the operation to remove the cancer, now the question is will the
Lebanese government be prepared to continue with the Chemiotherapy?
interesting article, it seems many people are happy with what Israel is doing
(again?). The Arab Times-on-Line from Kuwait has some interesting views
and you can read the whole article on the web site below or a summary which
follows. What is particularly interesting is the last paragraph.
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times
Al-Jarallah says that “people of Arab countries, especially the Lebanese
and Palestinians, have been held hostage for a long time in the name of “resisting Israel.” Arab governments have been caught
between political obligations and public opinion leading to more corruption in
politics and economics. Forgetting the interests of their own countries the Hamas Movement and Hezbollah have gone to the extent of
representing the interests of Iran
and Syrian in their countries. These organizations have become the
representatives of Syria and
without worrying about the consequences of their action.
Palestinian Authority close to collapse and the Lebanese government beginning
to give up responsibility for what is happening in its territory, Saudi Arabia
has been forced to come out of its diplomatic routine and indirectly hold
Hezbollah responsible for what is happening Lebanon.
Without mentioning Hezbollah by name Saudi Arabia
blamed certain “elements” inside Lebanon
for the violence with Israel
and said “it is necessary to make a distinction between legitimate resistance and uncalculated
adventures adopted by certain elements within Lebanon without the knowledge of
legal Lebanese authorities.” The Kingdom has also said “these
elements must take responsibility for their irresponsible actions and they alone should end the crisis
created by them.” This angry response from Saudi Arabia has politically
isolated Hezbollah and Hamas besides holding them
responsible for their actions.
This attitude of Saudi Arabia, which has been doing all it can to protect the
Arab world from Israeli aggression, is enough to unmask the adventurers, who
have violated the rights of their own countries and tried put their people
under the guardianship of foreign countries like Iran and Syria. A battle
between supporters and opponents of these adventurers has begun, starting from Palestine to Tehran passing
through Syria and Lebanon. This
war was inevitable as the Lebanese government couldn’t bring
its authority and
make it work for the interests of Lebanon. Similarly leader of the
Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas
has been unable to rein in the Hamas Movement.
Unfortunately we must admit that in such a war the only way to get rid of “these
irregular phenomena” is what Israel
is doing. The operations of Israel
in Gaza and Lebanon are in the interest of
people of Arab countries and the international community.