Summer

Summer is starting, will it be quieter than last year?

Israelis enjoy the beach in Tel Aviv on a hot summer day. June 08, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90 *** Local Caption *** ?? ??? ?? ?? ???? ??? Photo: Miriam Alster/Flash90

A new week begins, the second week of our new government, the “government of change,” which has to show that it can work together despite the different political views of the coalition partners. And it is the week with the longest day of the year, which means that summer begins and the days are slowly getting shorter again. One thing is certain. It won’t be boring.

In the past week we have seen that there is another way of reacting to the fire balloons from the Gaza Strip. These fire balloons are now viewed like rockets. That’s what we were told by our new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (I am slowly getting used to calling him that) even before he took office. And so it was. The terrorists’ fire balloon attacks elicited an immediate response by our Air Force, with strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. Lo and behold, the situation calmed down, even if it took Hamas some time to understand that the rules of the game have changed.

Nevertheless, we shouldn’t fool ourselves and believe that everything is fine now and that the citizens in the region adjacent to Gaza will finally be able to lead a quiet life. Hamas will get used to the new reality and then at some point show again that it is still there. That’s what Israeli security experts are saying. They even warned that there could be a new round of fighting between Israel and Hamas in the coming weeks. Evidence of Israel’s lack of trust in Hamas can be seen everywhere. For instance when I drive my daughter to the train station. On the way I see “our” Iron Dome battery, which is still in place to protect us from Gaza rockets in the event of renewed conflict with Hamas.

An Iron Dome battery somewhere in Israel. What would we do without it?

Summer is here

Last night I noticed how long the days have become here . It was already after 8 p.m. and it was still a bit light. For you, dear readers, this is completely normal, in Europe you will be pampered by the summer sun until late in the evening. But here in Israel it gets dark around 8 p.m. in the summer. On the other hand, it is light much longer here in winter than it is in most of your countries. So summer officially begins tomorrow and that means the days are getting shorter again. I particularly notice this on Friday, when Shabbat begins a little earlier each week.

This summer will be a slightly different summer for all of us this year as well. So I have all the rules for flights to and from Israel. But it will definitely be a better summer. Because as early as July, individual travelers will finally be able to fly to Israel again. Are there any of our readers who are already planning a trip to Israel? Then let us know, we would be happy to invite you to our editorial office for a cup of coffee. Who do you think will be the first visitor? I’m curious.

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