I was depressed. The news this week which we all followed so closely was not good.
Today after meeting the families of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frankel and Gilad Shaar and hearing about their experiences over the past days, President Shimon Peres said
The leaders of the world must make their voices heard loud and clear, they must take a strong stance against terror. Terror is a global problem, not just an Israeli one – we must recruit the world.”
Then he told the families that he will raise the same demand during his visit to the United States next week,
“The world is not yet recruited; during my conversations with President Obama and the leaders of the US Congress I will raise the cry of the people of Israel against terrorism, both in private and in public.
And we must call out, so that the children in countries which foster terrorism know that it is a disaster for them as well.”
Meanwhile, in NYC, they talk of the”‘human side of terror,” while there will be no live international broadcast, at the MET the Klinghoffer opera show will go on.
It was a long week.
Posting a video from the Jerusalem Light Festival seems like light years ago.
It was before so much had to do with terror and photos.
At the festival I walked alone in the crowd to Damascus Gate.
I confess standing in the mostly Arab crowd, I was glad to find City Councilman Aryeh King standing next to me while I took that video.
None of the people watching the performers outside the walls of the Old City at the Light Festival seem to have a care.
I especially like this photo taken in the Christian Quarter of two young Arab boys.
And this one of a woman dressed in a burka taking photos in the crowd at Jaffa Gate .
This young family was inside the huge structure outside of Jaffa Gate taking pictures,
as was this trio trying to find the best angle to take a selfie.
And while those anti-Israel folks are faking photos of violent oppressive Israelis,
here is another photo of real Arab girls out for the night in Jerusalem.
Not all were at the Light Festival, but as usual Arab girls were strolling in Mamilla Mall.
Wonder if these photos will share as fast as the fake one?
Then I attended a wedding, in the beautiful Judean Hills at sunset. A wedding of two lone soldiers, he was from US and she was from Canada, their friends from all over the world gathered to celebrate with them.
That is what keeps us going.
That is the future.
עם ישראל חי