One of the great damage all the Katyusha rockets fired towards Israel (nearly 2,000 that were found, estimated 3,000 fell) have caused is fires. When the rockets fall in residential areas, fires are dealt with quickly, even under further rocket fire.
However, when rockets fall in "open spaces," it takes longer to get there. Many of the rockets that fell in the so called open spaces, fell in nature reserves in the Galilee and caused great fires that destroyed acres upon acres of forest and wood that's been growing for years (as well as killed wild animal life of course).
And it was precisely in these nature reserves, because of the fires, that we saw the strongest bond between people. In an effort to stop the fires and save some of the plant and animal life, Israelis of all faiths joined hands. Jews, Arabs, Christians, Druze, Cherques (sp?), etc. all volunteered to help and try save this little piece of land we all share.
Many call Israel a cursed land because of all the wars. Some spiritualists claim it's a spiritual nexus, whatever that means. I don't know. I don't care. I just see that love of land can drive people apart and can bring people together. And since love is always better than hate, let's hope that we'll see love of humans next, not just of land.
(Sorry to be so sentimental)
Categories: personal, Israel, Lebanon