Government of Israel and Security Forces:
Chazak veEmatz (Be Strong and Be Brave)
On the right hand side it says,
"Am Yisrael Chai" -- The Jewish People [continue to] Live.
On the left hand side, "We Will Win"
Sorry updates were a bit sparse this evening - blogger was having a bad night as well...it took an hour just to upload this picture (perhaps Hizbolla has hijacked Blogger?).
The IDF is now investigating the possibility that friendly fire may have taken down the IDF helicopter. Five of the wounded IDF soldiers were from an IAF drone's friendly fire as well.
We need a better day tomorrow.
Good night from Israel.
11:10 PM Some Personal News and thoughts...
A senior level officer, who was interviewed on YNET yesterday, "Magad" Oded Bisyok, was injured today while fighting in South Lebanon, losing his hand. I read the article yesterday, where he said "Nothing will stop us from continuing", and he praised his soldiers, "After the kidnapping, my soldiers immediately ran in after their friends [in their tank, into South Lebanon]...they are heroes."
On my way home this evening, I stopped at a hardware store, where I found a soldier firmly talking on the phone to his wife/girlfriend, "Listen, I'm buying batteries for my flashlight now, I have to be up north in Lebanon in a few hours..." It was very surrealistic.
On Wednesday and Thursday I won't be blogging at all during Israel daylight time, as I have IDF reserve duty. I'm trying to find a replacement to keep things going on the blog.
All around Israel, there are posters and billboards with patriotic messages. I asked my friend Steg to take a picture of one, and here it is...
"Chazak ve'Ematz" -- Be Strong, and Be Brave -- a message to the Israeli people on a bus shelter.
More updates soon.
10:48 PM Blogger is now working better, and Im home, and back from shiur. Updates and pictures coming very soon.
10:45 PM Katyusha lands in Central Galilee, Katyusha lnads in Kibbutz Dovev.
10:34 PM Breaking News: Released for Publication by IDF Censor...
1. IDF officer and Soldier killed in battle this morning in Bint Jebail, South Lebanon and 16 wounded (2 serious, 5 moderate, 9 light). Mostly by friendly-fire.
2. The 2 pilots in the Apache Helicoper that crashed near Tzefat today, died.
5:54 PM Blogger Technical Issues causing infrequent updates.
1. Two seriously Wounded Near Maalot from Katyusha strikes
2. Air Raid Sirens sounding in Meiron, Tzefat, and Chatzor.
5:29 PM Pictures from Pro-Israel rally yesterday in San Francisco. (Hat-tip: Jeff D.)
What's a rally in SF without an anti-Israel rally? (someone should tell these people they have the flag upside-down)
5:38 PM 17 wounded in past hour's rocket attacks up North. 11 are shell-shocked, 2 serious, the rest moderate-light.
4:38 PM Direct hit on home in Nahariya. No reports of wounded. Rockets now falling in Maalot as well.
4:19 PM Rockets land in Nahariya. MDA responding. Air Raid siren in Teverya...
4:13 PM Over 30 rockets land in Kiryat Shmona, Rockets land in Carmiel. No wounded reported in Kiryat Bialik (Haifa area) which was hit by rockets a few minutes ago.
3:55 PM Air Raid Sirens in Carmiel.
3:54 PM Air Raid Sirens throughout the Haifa area. All Northern residents MUST be in bomb shelters, including the Golan Heights.
3:43 PM At least ten rockets fell in Naharia at 3:00 PM. No reported injuries.
3:39 PM MDA reports one lightly wounded in the village of Shlomi (by rocket shrapnel). Additional rocket strikes in Akko.
3:34 PM At least 12 IDF soldiers wounded in South Lebanon fighting since this morning. One soldier notified his parents via a cellphone SMS message that he was wounded. (YNET in hebrew)
Evacuation of wounded soliders -- YNET.
3:30 PM All Northern Residents, including the Golan Heights ordered into secure bomb shelters.
3:14 PM Rockets land in Haifa and surrounding areas. No reports of injuries
2:50 PM Katyusha rockets land in Nahariya and other Northern cities.
2:41 PM Pictures of IDF Soldiers putting on Tefillin before going into South Lebanon through Avivim. (courtesy of Chabad)
2:40 PM Historic Day for the Muqata Blog.
I'm now linked on the BBC arabic website (they grouped me with all the Lebanese bloggers). I guess they didn't read much of the content....
2:30 PM Electrical blackouts in Tzfat and surrounding areas -- result of Helicopter crash.
2:15 PM Reports of Katyusha Rockets landing in area of downed Helicopter.
2:05 PM Reports that two soldiers were seriously wounded in the Apache Helicopter crash near Tzefat. (UPDATED)
1:56 PM Helicopter crash result likely result of hitting high tension power line/technical issue...Not anti aircraft fire or Katyusha rocket.
1:42 PM IDF declares Metulla, "Closed Military Zone" and orders residents to leave in light of intelligence information.
1:38 PM Qassam Rocket lands near strategic location in Ashkelon. No reported injuries.
1:21 PM Reports of crashed IAF helicopter near Tzfat, 2 wounded, (one of them seriously) MDA, IAF Rescue forces at the scene. Unconfirmed reports of overturned IDF tank in South Lebanon near Bint Jbeil.
1:12 PM Unconfirmed Report of IAF helicopter crash in Northern Israel (South Lebanon?)
(courtesy of Reuveini-Pridan IPG advertisers).
12:33 PM Unprecedented: Channel 2 Israel TV reports that IDF is
ordering recommending residents to leave the Israeli village of Metula. (confirmed on YNET. Community workers going from house to house to update residents)
12:06 PM Dan Halutz, IDF Chief of Staff says that IDF has photographic proof of Hizbolla rockets that can hit Tel Aviv and central Israel.
12:00 PM Rafi G. in JBlogger "face off with a Lebanese blogger, Mustafa.
10:56 AM Air Raid Sirens a few minutes ago in Kiryat Shmona...no rockets reported landing.
10:52 AM After 12 days of fighting, Israel has 37 casualties. 19 soldiers, 18 civilians.
10:30 AM Heavy fighting in Bint Jibeil
Nine soldiers were injured in heavy exchanges of fire that took place Monday morning between IDF ground forces and Hizbullah operatives in the area between the village of Maroun al-Ras and the town of Bint Jebeil in southern Lebanon. (YNET)
Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael