A Depressing Day

It was just this morning that I was standing around a group of friends talking about the situation, and our sense was that maybe the worse was behind us.  All the attacks in the last few days had taken place in the West Bank, it seemed far away.  The economy seemed at least for the moment unaffected.  This afternoon all that changed, two stabbing, two different cities, both effectively suburbs of Tel Aviv.  Once again the terror is no longer far away ( 50 miles) but in the middle of our cities, and once again everyone will be on edge, no matter where we are. The two most severely wounded an 80 year old woman and a 70 year old man- I guess they were easy prey for 20 year old men.

Most of us were depressed enough this morning, all having the sort of morning after discussion after Saturday nights rally, and almost everyone I spoke to all member of the same Tel Aviv bubble were disgusted and discouraged.  Everyone agrees that the rally was a disaster, a meaningless get together, where Clinton so outshined every Israeli, it was embarrasing.  Even more so, since of all the speakers other then his family he was the only one to know Rabin.  Then there is the realization that we are all stuck with our current Prime Minister, who is a brilliant politician but a terrible leader, and yet there is no one to challenge him.  To round off the events of the day- Mosiac Magazine published an artice titled What do Palestinian Want, by Daniel Polisar.  The article lays out in detail, both how much they hate us, and how much they living in reality of their own making.  A totally depressing article, in a depressing day.

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