Just another day in the neighborhood

February 1, 2011 - 9:41 PM by · 1 Comment
Filed under: A New Reality, coexistence, General, Israeliness, Life, News, Politics, tv 

Tahrir Square in Cairo on Tuesday.

These are historic times in the region, and watching the nightly news it seems like one cataclysmic event after another is unfolding before our eyes.

Tonight for examples, Channel One’s nightly Mabat news broadcast and its presenter Inon Magal didn’t know what to do first – report on:

1 – the ‘Million Man March’ in Cairo and the nearing of the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s reign

2 – the decision by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak to cancel the nomination of Maj.-Gen. Yoav Galant as the next chief of staff adue to ‘ethical flaws’ in allegedly shady, if not illegal, behavior regarding a number of land affairs on his moshav, Amikam
3 – or Jordan’s King Abdullah feeling the domino effect of what’s transpired in Tunisia and Egypt and proactively sacking his prime minister and cabinet as thousands of Jordanians also began taking to the streets.

So they decided to mix all three up, switching back and forth from reports in Cairo to Galant’s bitter interview to the scene in Jordan.

That’s not even mention the other stories that, on any other day, might have been the big news – a Grad rocket fired into Israel from Gaza last night which landed so close to a wedding hall with an event taking place that all the attendees jumped out of their seats when it hit.

We like to take pride at Israelity in the fact that Israel is indeed a place of much more than strife and conflict – you can read about all the other aspects of the amazing country we live in here every day.

But it’s times like these that remind us there is something just a little crazy about life here – there is strife and conflict all around us. And even though it’s our neighbors who are experiencing the brunt of it right now, we can never forget that anything can be right around the corner.


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