My good friend True Ancestor
was in Israel recently on a trip with his wife, and has been posting a series of retrospective reports on the mood in that country and the relations between Arabs and Jews who live next to one another in a state of permanent distrust and suspicion -- all of it situated amid thrilling natural beauty and decorated with tour buses full of addled American teenagers. Some of his glancing observations are more revealing than news articles. I recommend the most recent post, City of David
-- then browse backward. The first in the series was posted July 13. It's all well-written and insightful, seen through the consciousness of an American Jew who loves both Israel and peace.
And that's it from me for today!