In Israel, between war and peace

With all this talk about the rising tension between Israel and Iran, and unrest raging all around them in the … Continued

With all this talk about the rising tension between Israel and Iran, and unrest raging all around them in the Middle East, you’d think Israeli life would be tenser, edgier these days. It’s not, really.

KEVIN FRAYER

Daniela Deane writes from Israel.

They’re used to tense and edgy around here.

The fresh face of the Israeli diplomat’s wife who was wounded in the attack in New Delhi earlier this week was in the papers for a day, maybe two. But I was surprised to see there wasn’t a blow-by-blow account of her improving condition, or any eulogizing of her, as would happen if she were an injured American diplomat’s wife, I think.

“That’s what being an Israeli is all about,“ said one Israeli woman when I asked her about the muted reaction to the attack on the defense attache’s young wife in Delhi. “That’s normal for an Israeli. We‘re used to people hating us.”

The same day as the Delhi attack, a bomb attached to an Israeli embassy car in Tblisi, Georgia, was also discovered. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly blamed Iran.

That feeling of being on a war-footing is normal here. Young people in green army khakis hauling big guns over their shoulders is a normal sight, after all. Suppressed fear also seems normal.

“I try not to think about Iran too much. It makes me afraid if I think about it, so I don‘t,” said one young woman from Jerusalem.

And what about the violently-suppressed uprising against the regime of President Bashar Assad in Syria? Or the continuing unrest in neighboring Egypt, one year after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak?

Try not to think about that too much either.

“I don‘t want to worry about Egypt,“ said a young man from Tel Aviv. “I just want to concentrate on my own life.“

“Egypt is far away, even though it’s really close,” said an American Jew from Philadelphia who’s lived in Jerusalem for 20 years and is married to a Yemeni Jew. “I’m much more worried about a third (Palestinian) intifada than I am about Egypt,” she said, referring to the waves of Palestinian uprisings against Israeli occupation that rocked this country for years.

Ah yes, the home-grown, hometown Palestinian problem.

Now that’s close to home. Just down the street, in fact.

  • catneth

    A good overview of the tensions in Jerusalem, but this is lacking in a Palestinian voice.

  • xexon

    Another racist comment emerges.

    I am not Muslim. In fact, I have no religion at all. But I do take issue with those who hide behind their religion of choice to practice racism towards others.

    I enjoy all cultures. You should learn how.

    x

  • macnietspingal1

    I just made a startling discovery in my own Jewish brain. I am angry with the Jewish State of Israel. I was a Washington DC Zionist when I was 12 YO in 1941 just before Pearl Harbor. Recruited at the South East Hebrew Congregation where I was in Hebrew School after public school. Just now I realize in a nutshell what makes me angry. The fact is that Maimonides could read the Quran and if Dr. Uri Rubin were persuaded by the Washington Post journalists to register his HaQuran with the USA Library of Congress, then I could be as accurate about the religion of the Middle East as Moses Ben Maimon was. From Moses to Moses there is none like Moses. That’s exactly because Moses could read the Quran. University of Maryland could then using Hebrew discuss the Quran to all of non-elite Jews and Christians that can translate the Hebrew Bible using our own lives to do it. Then we could get together and discuss the Quran just the way Moses could in his head since he could immediately translate the Quran into Hebrew and probably did.

    Actually the University of Maryland could start a new Hebrew Quran by importing some Jerusalem Muslim High School boys and girls.

Read More Articles

shutterstock_134310734
Ten Ways to Make Your Church Autism-Friendly

The author of the Church of England’s autism guidelines shares advice any church can follow.

Valle Header Art
My Life Depended on the Very Act of Writing

How I was saved by writing about God and cancer.

shutterstock_188545496
Sociologist: Religion Can Predict Sexual Behavior

“Religion and sex are tracking each other like never before,” says sociologist Mark Regnerus.

5783999789_9d06e5d7df_b
The Internet Is Not Killing Religion. So What Is?

Why is religion in decline in the modern world? And what can save it?

river dusk
Cleaner, Lighter, Closer

What’s a fella got to do to be baptized?

shutterstock_37148347
What Is a Saint?

How the diversity of saintly lives reveals multiple paths toward God.

987_00
An Ayatollah’s Gift to Baha’is, Iran’s Largest Religious Minority

An ayatollah offers a beautiful symbolic gesture against a backdrop of violent persecution.

Screenshot 2014-04-23 11.40.54
Atheists Bad, Christians Good: A Review of “God’s Not Dead”

A smug Christian movie about smug atheists leads to an inevitable happy ending.

shutterstock_188022491
Magical Thinking and the Canonization of Two Popes

Why Pope Francis is canonizing two popes for all of the world wide web to see.

Pile_of_trash_2
Pope Francis: Stop the Culture of Waste

What is the human cost of our tendency to throw away?

chapel door
“Sometimes You Find Something Quiet and Holy”: A New York Story

In a hidden, underground sanctuary, we were all together for a few minutes in this sweet and holy mystery.

shutterstock_178468880
Mary Magdalene, the Closest Friend of Jesus

She’s been ignored, dismissed, and misunderstood. But the story of Easter makes it clear that Mary was Jesus’ most faithful friend.

sunset-hair
From Passover to Easter: Why I’m Grateful to be Jewish, Christian, and Alive

Passover with friends. Easter with family. It’s almost enough to make you believe in God.

colbert
Top 10 Reasons We’re Glad A Catholic Colbert Is Taking Over Letterman’s “Late Show”

How might we love Stephen Colbert as the “Late Show” host? Let us count the ways.

emptytomb
God’s Not Dead? Why the Good News Is Better than That

The resurrection of Jesus is not a matter of private faith — it’s a proclamation for the whole world.

shutterstock_186795503
The Three Most Surprising Things Jesus Said

Think you know Jesus? Some of his sayings may surprise you.

egg.jpg
Jesus, Bunnies, and Colored Eggs: An Explanation of Holy Week and Easter

So, Easter is a one-day celebration of Jesus rising from the dead and turning into a bunny, right? Not exactly.