The Rocket Predicament.

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Unfortunately, I’m back in America while my brothers and sisters are living in a constant state of terror. I feel incredibly helpless here, and all I want is peace.

I can’t possibly cover the entire conflict in one post, so here is my disclaimer to avoid criticism of leaving other important things out – for now.

The news-coverage in the US makes me ill. Most of the news is reporting how Israel is attacking Gaza, killing innocent people. Poor, poor Palestinian Arabs.

They fail to mention that Hamas is continually attacking Israel, and Israel is doing it’s best to defend itself. Hamas must not be generalized to all Palestinians (who are technically Arab and Jewish!), nor all Arabs, nor all the people of the occupied territories. Hamas is a terrorist organization. Their aim is (purposefully?) pathetic, at first only shooting rockets into open fields, then into major cities, barely causing casualties, thank G-d. (Still, it’s a very scary thought to know their aim is getting better and the range of the rockets is increasing.) However, it makes no sense on their part, other then to ensue terror and panic. If these people really want the land that is Israel, why are they destroying it? They are so careless in their terrorist efforts and fail to see the larger picture. The IDF is strategic. It is successfully targeting Hamas terrorist members, destroying their threatening efforts such as hidden tunnels and artillery supplies, and is trying to limit civilian casualties. Let me make this clear: innocent lives lost, on either side, are tragic. Thankfully, Israel has a Guardian Angel in the form of the Iron Dome, while Gaza militants fire rockets from within civilian areas, in areas they know the IDF will target in return. Because Hamas is a world recognized TERRORIST organization. They are making it seem like Israel is the bad guy here, and the media, at least in the States, is playing right into it.

If this were happening in the US right now, no one would question the necessity to defend this country. To fight back. (Check this out: http://www.idfblog.com/blog/2014/07/09/what-if-terrorists-could-shoot-this-rocket-at-your-country/) Everyone would be panicking a thousand times more than the people in Israel and Gaza are right now. For although the situation has escalated there, they are sadly prepared for it. It’s not the first time, and sadly probably won’t be the last. There are bomb shelters everywhere. Every single dorm room at the university I just attended has a bomb shelter room within it. And Israel is only becoming more equipped. Somehow, because they accept that terror in their lifetime is imminent, Israelis are ranked the happiest of peoples. Kudos!!

For goodness sake, Canada took a side on the situation, condemning Hamas for attacking Israel and supporting Israel’s right to defend itself. CANADA, people. CANADA took a side.

Wake up. Read more than one news source from more than one country. Try to realize the reality that your great great grandma’s second cousin twice removed’s daughter’s son-in-law’s grandson’s baby’s family is experiencing. Try to realize that family member could be on either side, because we are related. Try to realize both sides are scared of dying anytime they hear something that may sound like a siren. Try to realize that one side is feeling terror for terror’s sake, while the other is feeling terror due to the strength and precision of the Israel DEFENSE Forces. Try to realize the difference. Try to realize both sides must stop if there is any chance at peace.

עוד יבוא שלום עלינו ועל כולם, سالم סלם

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Different – It’s the little things.

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I walk out of Miami airport and am surrounded by a cloud of humidity sticking to my skin and poofing out my hair. Ugh, please take me back to that dry Israeli heat!

Chocolate milk (not in a bag – outrage!) was the first thing I drank this morning. Instead, I had to actually use a plastic cup that was an unexpectedly STURDY plastic cup. I seriously anticipated my fingers pressing into the sides just to be able to hold it empty. Nope, it was a quality thick plastic cup. I sat on dat thang and it still survived without any slits. Dang, free plastic Israeli makolet cups, you flimsy.

Transportation is totally different. Not a city bus (though I do miss the “tachana ha’ba’ah” guy), not a train, not a taxi, a car- I got to drive my car down roads. Gridded roads. No two way road in the midst of a two way road. No metronit brick lane. No yellow light to tell me the green is coming. No winding roads. Kikar-less roads 😦 I even had to press the pedal down with my foot and steer and stuff. And I could even go straight to my destination (crazy thought, right?), instead of pulling over to stop and walking the rest of the way.  Not gonna lie, IT WAS AWESOME. WINDOWS DOWN ~ PLAYLIST ON ~ SPEEEEED ~

Deleting Moovit and Efo bus, my transportation apps, was a traumatic experience. But I’m not sure how much I’ll miss their unreliability.

I thought I was gonna miss mountains?? What about small inclines in the road even? Little hills, please, anything more than a speed bump, Florida, step it up. Literally.

Writing the date as month day year instead of day month year. Silly Americans always gotta do it differently.

English. Everyone speaks English. I said something basic in Hebrew to my Jewish friends and still got called out on it. But but speaking Hebrish was my thing!

Uhm, where is Lena’s table? Where is everyone?!?!

So I go to the supermarket and I’m where all the chummus is. Where is the Turkish salad and matbucha? It’s supposed to be right here! And of course, the biggest disappointment: Sabra chummus. Supposedly the best chummus in the States, but even doctored up Middle East style doesn’t even come close to comparing. Also, my vegetables were measured in pounds? Not grams? Not kilos? What? How do I even shop?

My mom just referred to the shuk as the small stores where you can find cute funky things for cheap. However accurate, I’m not sure how I feel about that.

I put my house key in upside down… Twice.

I had to take OFF the converter to plug things in. And I didn’t get shocked by my own laptop! 220 volts was a bit much.

I forgot about red bull! I’m just like, well, what about Blu or XL?

I don’t know anything about pop culture. I hadn’t heard the song Happy by Pharell Williams and the fact that everyone covered/parodied it. I didn’t know about movies coming soon. 22 Jump Street? You mean 21? No, they’re coming out with a second!

Oh, I’ve been abroad, sorry I’m not sorry 🙂