Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful today for quiet in the sky


Have no illusions, it is not the path to peace.
But today's ceasefire is a welcome relief from the week-long conflict.

Today the sky over my village  was so quiet!
No more fighter jets thundering,  no army helicopters to the hospital helipad, no rockets going over, no air raid sirens.
The quiet of the sky--a blessing to give thanks for day by day, not something to be taken for granted.

To all my family and friends and blog friends in America, happy Thanksgiving Day!
(A post for SkyWatch Friday.)
BTW, the photo shows the path I walk if I miss the infrequent bus to my moshav/village.  It is only 35-40  minutes brisk walk  from the city limits of Jerusalem to my home in the Jerusalem Hills.


VP said...

Glad for your temporary quiet, hope it will last, but I am sure you all are not counting on it...

Nadege said...

A happy Thanksgiving to you Dina and your readers!

Spiderdama said...

This is good, hope there will be many such peaceful days.. It is a wonderful post and picture.
it was good for the soul to walk to the old city today:-)

Dina said...

VP, right. Americans celebrating Thanksgiving today should give thanks that their neighbors are Canada and Mexico.

Hi Nadege, good to see you again lately. Happy holiday to you.

Spiderdama, welcome back!

Raksha said...

Don't be so sure it isn't the path to peace. May you have many more days like this.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sara said...

That is something to be thankful for indeed, and let's just hope it lasts a long time. But I have no illusions . . .

HansHB said...

Nice sky photo, lovely to see!

Reader Wil said...

I am glad that this day was a quiet one! I remember the thunderlike sounds of the planes when I was with you. It was frightening then, so I can understand these past few days must have been like hel. May there soon be a permanent solution for the relationship between the countries in the Middle East.

Cloudia said...

you have given us the gift of appreciating our own peaceful skies, as well as the pleasure of no longer worrying about your immediate safety.


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Anonymous said...

shabbat shalom. i am glad that your day has been quiet. i pray that the ceasefire lasts.

mirae said...

hello beautiful Dina, this is a beautiful post -may your path be filled with positive light.
I really don't feel that there is a precarious fragile settlement here.There are invisible forces that the media and the traditionally recognized world cannot see.If enough people desire and pray for a cease fire then it will hold and I feel this is the case.
I think we are mistaken to always look skyward for a saviour. We have one in our midst-Morsi ofcourse he is channeling the light.

We have never had a negotiator that can think in Israel's interest and at the same time gain the trust of Hamas as a muslim brother.
Doesn't it make sense that the reason for the rockets being fired into Israel, at least in large part is due to the blockade and Morsi has the power to have the blockade releived and at the same time survey that arms do not enter.See it is going to work. See miracles do happen!
Military aggression hasn't worked in the past and it will not work in present for either side. Only a positive force can win.



Karen said...

I hope there are many more days of peace. That's a lovely path to walk.

Dina said...

Mirae, I hate to put a damper on your enthusiasm, but watch the news on Friday. There will be huge protests (Tahrir Square, etc.) against Morsi for assuming wide powers today. Many Egyptians fear he is the new pharaoh.

crystal said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Dina!

I admit I'm not very confident that the cease fire will turn into continued peace, but it's good that you guys get a brief break at least. You and Israel are in my prayers.

Tara R. said...

I hope your skies stay quiet, and peaceful for a long while.

A Happy Thanksgivings to you and yours.

Norma Ruttan said...

I too hope you will have more days with no planes and no bombs.

Hels said...

You are quite right... it is not the path to peace. But even the idea of setting up a formal ceasefire agreement with a terrorist organisation is novel. After all, formal agreements are usually made government to government.

Still, long may peace reign.

Mary Gerdt said...

Hope for more peaceful days. Happy Thanksgiving. Mary

Kay said...

I am feeling thankful that you're having a break in all that violence, Dina. I hope that it can last for a long, long, long time.

Dina said...

Helen, I don't think you can call the "understandings" that were reached "a formal ceasefire agreement." They were not even signed by anyone. They were all of one page. See it copied below.

Also, remember that Hamas is not only a terrorist organization; it is also the government of the Gaza Strip. Many other terrorist groups are active in Gaza. That will be the test--whether Hamas can restrain them from firing rockets at us.

Agreement of Understanding For a Ceasefire in the Gaza Strip

1: (no title given for this section)

A. Israel should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.

B. All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border.

C. Opening the crossings and facilitating the movements of people and transfer of goods and refraining from restricting residents' free movements and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.

D. Other matters as may be requested shall be addressed.

2: Implementation mechanisms:

A. Setting up the zero hour for the ceasefire understanding to enter into effect.

B. Egypt shall receive assurances from each party that the party commits to what was agreed upon.

C. Each party shall commit itself not to perform any acts that would breach this understanding. In case of any observations Egypt as the sponsor of this understanding shall be informed to follow up.

Anonymous said...

Dina - Thank you for sharing the "agreement" and information. We can't seem to get really correct information all the time. I hope this is the beginning of a long Peace. The different factions in Gaza seem to make it a problem within Gaza, even if Israel and Eygpt weren't factors.

Light and Voices said...

My thoughts and prayers are for continued peace. Glad you are safe.
Joyce M

RuneE said...

Someone famously said "War is hell". So it is and any, even temporary stop, must be welcomed.