Friday, May 14, 2021

Ring of Fire

 

I'm tired, very tired. That's not because of work, but because of waiting for and  listening to alarms,   falling of rockets,   news about riots and lynching.

Like with the Mt. Meron tragedy,  I am not totally surprised. During the last decade I've been living with a distinct feeling that there is no one there , by the wheel.  Perhaps, it's not possible for any person to be there. Sometimes we have to accept the fact  that reality is stronger and we are helpless.


The reality is a tiny, crowded country ,with no real borders,  very divided inside: jews vs. arabs, secular jews and orthodox jews, oriental (sephardic) jews and european (askenazi) jews. There's no love among these groups to say the least.  Mutual dislike/hatred is constantly on a low fire and  can explode any time. It has now.

The last year of corona virus, revealing a weak, highly incompetent government and police , has sown deadly seeds of unrest all over the country. At this point, I have no idea where this could lead to.

Our immediate southern neighbor is Gaza Strip,  internally  ruled  by the terror group, Hamas. Gaza strip has always been a headache. Egypt was glad to give up control of it. The Sinai desert is the border between the two, so no big problem.     Israel couldn't  do that as the strip is close to its southern towns and settlements. and poses great menace.

Qatar, the oil wealthy emirate, has become sort of sponsor for Gaza. Under the pretext of funding the gas pipeline from Israel to Gaza , it sends  to Gaza thousands of dollars  monthly ( with the approval of Israel). With these dollars and Israel's stupidity, Gaza has established a grand rocket industry which she's now proudly displaying on our israeli backs.

I pray to God for Protection and Help.



 

 

56 comments:

  1. So troubling. My thoughts are with you.

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    1. Yes, Sharon, very troubling days. I appreciate your thoughts; it's good to know people think of me and pray for me.

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  2. I can't even imagine living under all that pressure. What daily life must be like. I left Sweden when I was young because I found it boring. Reading this post, I feel, if not ashamed, at least that I should have appreciated the peace and quiet more. I have been thinking about you since I learned about these latest problems and I'm sending love your way. Take care, my friend.

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    1. Oh, Inger, I wish I'd live in a boring place with boring people - no wars no killings. At my age I long for quiet and decent comfort. It's not too much.
      Thanks for your love and wishes.

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    1. Prayers is the best! I believe in praying to God and asking for His help and protection. Thank you, Christine dear.

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  4. As I wrote previously, DUTA, I'm following this closely on our news bulletins here. You have been on my mind almost constantly. Not ever being in a similar situation to what is happening there, I can not imagine how you feel...and what you are going through.

    Please, please take the best of care...stay safe. My thoughts are with you...my heart goes out to you...and my positive thoughts. Let's hope for what seems to be the nigh impossible...peace.

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    1. I hope you'll never ever experience a situation like this one. We're being attacked both from within and from outside.
      Thanks Lee for your thoughts and support.

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  5. I'll add my prayers to yours. Such as scary time and place to be.

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    1. 'Scary' is an understatement; we've got it all: rockets, riots, lynch - all kinds of violence you might think of.
      Thank you for the prayers - they're mostly welcome, Kathy.

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  6. Dear Duta, thank you for your report, we are praying for Israel here in Japan and the island nations!! May the LORD bless and protect you! Yes, let us all pray to God for He is our shield and protection, our defense and our Rock, and the Goel of Israel!! Much love! Keep us posted! ❤️

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    1. Well Shayndel, as always you're supportive and generous with your prayers and good wishes. God is indeed, the Goel, our shield and rock.

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  7. Praying for you too and for everyone to be safe.

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    1. Praying can do magic. It's the right word in such difficult circumstances.Thanks, Sandi.

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  8. I wondered how you were doing and had thought of sending you an email or leaving a comment on your last blog post to update with what was going on. I'm glad you updated your blog yourself. I'm sorry you are tired. I can't imagine it all. For the longest of times we have prayed for Israel and for the peace of Jerusalem. That continues to be our prayers especially these days. You are aware of so many of the intricacies of it all that will not (or done incorrectly) be shown on our mainstream media. Please update us as you can and prayers will always continue.

    betty

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    1. At my age, the best I can do is to stay home. Only buildings of the last decade have inner shelter. I don't have one, and I don't wish to run to an exterior shelter; it's too dangerous.
      I'll do my best to update my blog and keep you informed. Thanks for the prayers, Betty.

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  9. Such a mess indeed. It's good of you to explain as most of us here in Australia probably don't know what it's all about, only what we are told on the news which isn't a great deal.
    You take care, be safe and prayers coming your way.

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    1. It looks more ominous than a mess, Maybe we'll need to ask for help from other countries, but our friendly ones are far geographically, so we'll have to find a way on our own. Thanks for the prayers.

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  10. I pray for your protection. All I can say is that it has to get better.

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    1. "it has to get better" - I wish I could believe that; who knows. They are hitting hard the port of Ashdod so that we don't get provisions, and get to experience famine.
      Thank you Ann for your praying; hope it helps. I'm a great believer in praying.

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  11. One thing in life is constant. We will find ways to hate each other, disparage each other, cheat, lie, maim and kill. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. Stay safe, Duta.

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    1. Exactly. The french saying is very accurate. The only constant in life is negative; cheat, lie, kill.

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  12. It does sound as if the unrest there is now in full throttle. Its so expensive to do much of anything these days..except for having these deadly weapons. Evidently. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Lord knows, what Biden might do.

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    1. The riots are spreading, and becoming more violent. The police will probably have to use live fire.
      Thanks Ellie for your thoughts and prayers.

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    2. Hope you are in a safe place and have enough to eat. Stay strong!

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    3. So sweet of you, Ellie,to think of me! Well, I'm at home, in what I consider the safest corner (I have no internal shelter, and I'm not running to an outside shelter as it's too dangerous).

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  13. I've had a busy week, just getting caught up!
    I'm so sorry about the strife. It is horrific. I shudder, but someone has to do something.

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    1. I can imagine; you've got the granddaughters and the many house chores.
      We are used to live between ceasefires; this period of between, may last for several years, but it doesn't lead to a permanent solution; it invites more violence; so here we are.

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  14. I pray fpryou, also. Seems the entire world is in chaos and fighting. Our local govenrment is fighting a mask mandate. Our state governor is cruel. It just seems like there is no adult in charge. I am sorry you are in the lin of fire and must feel constantly on edge. may peace be with you in your heart if not in the community.

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    1. Thank you, Linda."..no adult in charge.." - that seems to be the feeling everywhere.
      At least you're not attacked by outside forces. We're struggling on both fronts. May God help us!

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  15. I have thought about you these past days, concerned for your safety and for the safety of all on both sides of this conflict. It is horrific. Please stay safe, my friend.

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    1. I'll say for myself that I always try to see the whole picture,understand all sides. It's more for my conscience and peace of mind, it doesn't solve things.
      We live in a diversity which is not in God's book , so nothing really solves conflicts of this kind: no wars, no riots, certainly no elections (the greatest farce of all). In the end, the very end, only God has the key. The diversity has gone too far, and it seems God has been planning a reset. Climate change and viruses are only the promo.
      Thank you for your thoughts and concern,Jeanie.

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  16. I was thinking about you when I saw those horrible news. I am praying for all innocent people, families from Israel and Palestine, my heart breaks and I wish peace for all of you! May God help you!

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    1. God , only God can help. We are just tiny dots in his universe, with big mouths and crooked minds.
      I greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers, Natalia.

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  17. animo, el mundo está loco, nos queda mirar hacía adelante

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    1. True. "el mundo esta loco" - the world is crazy, and there's nobody but God to stop this craziness. The question is WHEN.

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  18. When I saw on the news what was happening I thought about you and hoped that you were safe. I hope it all stops soon because this is awful.

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    1. Your words, Mary, are heartwarming. The hope is stopping this madness, and it'll take time and efforts from all factors involved.

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  19. You have been in my thoughts ...
    Please take care, keep safe and I will continue to say prayers.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you, Jan, for your thoughts and prayers. Prayers are always helpful, especially in times of distress.

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  20. I am so very sorry! You have been in my thoughts and prayers! My mom and I have been watching the news. In my soul, I believe in peace! Peace everywhere. It doesn't matter what you believe in, or what you look like, just love for all! Duta, thinking of you! Big Hugs!

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    1. Thanks sweetie, to you and your Mom.
      Peace and Love, two magic words, representing greatly needed human attitudes everywhere. No efforts should be spared to achieve them. Without them, the world won't exist.
      Hugs to you too!

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  21. Many countries face the same problem - very divided inside.
    Hope the present conflict is settled soon.

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    1. True. Most nations are internally divided. However, If their territory is vast,many resources,no threat from neighboring countries, a decent government - things can go on fairly good.
      My hope, too. Thanks Haddock.

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  22. It is very sad, Duta. I hope you safe.
    You are in my thought and in my prayers.

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    1. Sad, indeed. There's talk of a cease fire, perhaps at the end of the week. USA, Egypt, the UN are involved.
      Thank you, Evi, for having me in your thoughts and prayers.

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  23. Praying for you and your safety, Duta! What a horrible experience to go through with so much danger all around and fearing for your safety. Wishing you the best, take care.

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    1. You've described it with great accuracy: "a horrible experience to go through with so much danger all around and fearing for your safety"!
      I wish that to no one.
      Thanks Pam for the prayers and wishes.

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    1. Thank you.I pray to God to have mercy on me and keep me off any danger.

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  25. The news is very unsettling for me to read as someone who has no idea of the current struggles that so many, like yourself, are dealing with Duta. Thank you for providing a more personal picture of exactly what is happening as seen through the eyes of someone who is there. I too send safe thoughts to you and so many others.

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    1. Hopefully, a ceasefire is on the way as a result of pressure from your president, Biden. But who can really know what the following days will present us with.
      Anyway, thank your kind thoughts.

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  26. Hello Duta, I am so sorry you are in such a dangerous place - Israel has been so fast and efficient in getting everyone the vaccine, yet seems vulnerable in so many other ways. You must be frightened all the time - many years ago we visited Israel, were able to walk on 'the other side' as the restrictions on gaza were not as they are now, experienced the beauty of the place but even then I could sense the underlying tension. How fluffy my blog must seem to you! how sheltered and oblivious we are at times in the UK. I hope solutions will be found and that you will remain safe. Betty

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Betty. I appreciate your empathy and support
      It's cease fire as from today, thank God. Hopefully it"ll last for long. That's our life - from one ceasefire to another.
      All the best to you! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  27. Good news about Israel is hard to find in the Netherlands. News is always colored here. That's why I used CIDI (center for Information and Documentation Israel) as a news source for the past few weeks. Antisemitism has flared up in Europe. A little knowledge (of the history) is so important. And that starts at home, in our families.

    xxx out of The Netherlands.

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    1. I can imagine. Sadly, you're right - antisemitism has raised its ugly head in Europe, and not only there.
      Thanks, Aritha, for your supportive words.

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