Jerusalem has been (or I should say, had been) enjoying a few solid years of relative stability and calm following the horrors of the 2nd Intifada (between 2000-2006 more or less) when it seemed that bombings were regular daily occurrences throughout Israel. As you know well, the Arab-Israeli conflict is rooted in thousands of years of history over land that both parties feel is rightfully their own. This, confounded with years of brutal attacks from both sides, have resulted in an unending and seemingly impossible peace process.
And so, yes, it's a little heavy and a little depressing to be talking about all of this, but it is my current reality and also that of the residents with whom I share this city and this country. It is hurtful to read commentary by media that portray Israelis as vulgar rebels and killers. There is always another side to the story and Israelis have the right to self-defense, as does anybody. When dealing with terrorists, unfortunately compromise is not in their vocabulary. Did you also know that recently explosive devices and missiles were found on a ship entering the Gaza Strip? That is exactly why every ship must be checked by the Israeli military, an action for which they have been previously criticized and judged.
Thank you for reading!