Soon we shall be celebrating the New Year and fasting for our sins. The nights are cooler and tomorrow is my last class of the summer semester. Everything is quiet in the media, the government is saying nothing to avoid worrying the public. The mood, however, is quietly tense: we are all worried by the savage assault on Israel's Embassy in Cairo; we are worried because of the increasingly bellicose declarations of Turkey's Erdogan; and the Army, the Police, the settler defense associations are all preparing to face the Palestinian mass uprising announced to take place following their Declaration of Independence. Many reserve batallions were called in for service. One morning my daughter phoned from school that she was not coming home: her שכבה (age group) was being bused to the "bakum" (an army base) and conscripted. The bourse is confident that nothing serious is happening and it is moving North.
Update: Our mood is improving. Erdogan seems finished with us and is aiming his bolts against Greek Cyprus, scheduled to be the EU's next President. "I consider it degrading to sit at the same table with the Greek Cypriots ... we will have to see this issue (Cyprus issue) concluded by 2012."