I am still in Even Yehuda with the hydrogeologists. In the meanwhile, Lebanon has attacked one of Israel's ships and abducted 4 Israeli marines. Israel has continued its attacks on Beirut and Gaza city, and Katyushas continue falling on Northern Israel. However, except for the North of Israel, things are relatively normal. We have seen on the German news that reporters talk about a "state of emergency in the whole country". This is not true - yet. We have spent yesterday having coffee with loads of other people in a shopping mall and on the beach with families and tourists. A state of emergency looks different.
Nevertheless, the situation is serious. We have decided to wait a little bit longer and see what happens next. The critical factor will be whether Syria enacts its threats about getting involved or not. If it does, it's not only Syria, but Iran and possibly other Arab states openly putting money and weapons in this conflict. That would mean it is not certain how far rockets can fly into Israel. At this point, I will already be back home.
I will be going back to Jerusalem tomorrow morning. There, I will meet with my colleagues and talk to more people about their view on the situation. I have started looking for flights, just in case.
On a different note, we went out to eat last night, "we" meaning the two hydrogeologists, the one's wife, and me. It was delicious fish, as usual, and we really enjoyed ourselves. At one point, one of us said "schnell schnell" in a context I can't remember right now - we were joking about all kinds of things - and it went unnoticed by everybody. This is remarkable, I think, since these words for a whole generation of Jews have become synonymous with terror and death. I was happy to see that they don't have that connotation anymore in our generation.