We've been in Israel for forty-two years and the most serious, dangerous war, the Yom Kippur War in 1973, was a total surprise. We didn't have any preparation. It began on Yom Kippur when stores are closed. We were living in Jerusalem at the time and that was the safest place in the entire country. Besides learning how to cook and bake with powdered eggs, I don't remember anything else (besides fresh eggs) missing from the shelves.
If I'm not mistaken, it was before the Gulf War, we were told to stock up on batteries etc, so we did. We bought lots of batteries which were never used. They were a waste of money and were finally thrown out after leaking all over the freezer. Considering that the only appliances we have that are dependent on easily replaceable batteries are my digital camera, a wall clock and the tv remotes, I'm not spending/wasting money on extra batteries.
Nu, you're wondering, do I think there's going to be a war? That's a good question, sort of. On one hand, I have no doubt that there will be a war at some time. When and how it will affect us ordinary Israelis, particularly those of us in Judea and Samaria? Ahh that's a harder question. During the Gulf War, a strange one-sided war when Israel was attacked and ran for cover for a month, life went on here very much as usual. The biggest change was that many people hosted friends and family from the coastal plain where the Iraqis aimed the missiles. By the time it was over, I had stopped paying attention to the alerts and didn't go into our "safe room" at all. Living among the enemy was safety enough for us.
Don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm not nervous. Why else would I stop in my tracks to shoot this picture, wondering if it's benign or a sign of danger.
I saw the black smoke and my internal alarm went off, even though it could be no more than the burning of weeds and garbage.
We in Israel must remember that we're surrounded by enemies and have no true allies.
Yes, I don't consider even the United States to be a true ally of Israel. And I agree with Caroline Glick that Menachem Begin's treaty with Egypt isn't a true peace treaty. It's no longer news when the Arabs bombard Israel's south, and things are tense in the north. When will it explode? Honestly, I don't know.