The day after I left Israel, the hydrogeologist, aka the young father, has been called to the army as a reservist. He did not, luckily, have to go up north, but is taking up the place of professional soldiers hitherto employed in the Westbank who have now presumably been relocated to southern Lebanon. The other hydrogeologist has left the country on that same day.
I also wanted to point out to you a new blog by the Israeli Arab from Haifa I have written about earlier. If you want first-hand news from the region, click here.