After a very early start by Nesher taxi, two shaky landings and more driving, I have arrived home safely to a country that is in fact hotter than Jerusalem was these days. Given that on the flight from Tel Aviv to Istanbul, it seemed for something like 15 minutes that the crew intended to DRIVE to the Bosporus instead of fly, I was quite happy with it all only taking one day, even though I can neither recommend the food on Turkish Airlines nor the landing skills of their pilots.
The situation in Northern Israel and Southern Lebanon, and, by the way, Gaza, is not improving, even though we all very much want to believe that since Condi is coming to visit and Javier Solana and Kofi Annan are now at least talking about it. If you are interested in a very critical look on what's happening, you can listen to an interview by one Ali Abunimah, co-founder of electronicintifada.net and researcher at Chicago University, who appeared on a show called "Beneath the Surface with Jerry Quickley" on Wednesday, July 19th, to discuss the Israeli attacks on Lebanon. It is about 12 minutes long and gives a rather different look on that thing we are all reading about every day, so try it here.