[The Mozilla browser USED TO BE my browser of choice, but since its latest update it is refusing to allow me access to various websites, including Blogspot.com. In the name of enhanced security, it has turned itself into a useless piece of excrement.]
American presidential election is huge here in Israel, possible the most
important election in the country's history.
The Jerusalem Post, Israel's English language rag, has nothing but election
recaps, election analyses, and foreign policy predictions. The only things that are not election related
are the weather and the sports (Israelis are very big on American, British and
Israelis are very pleased with the results (with the exception of the leftist
pockets in the Tel Aviv area, not too far from where I am located). Even in Tel Aviv there is optimism over
Donald Trump's victory.
evening my wife and I were walking down the street in our town. We passed a sidewalk café frequented largely
(but not exclusively) by American expats, and joined some of our friends who
had just taken their seats at a table.
The conversation, of course, was about the election.
concerns in Israel are whether Trump will be able to deliver on his promises to
Israel, and, as always, the security situation here.
days I am in Tel Aviv at least twice per week.
During the past two weeks I saw some subtle tightenings in security
measures, including but not limited to more thorough backpack searches and a
more visible presence of uniformed military, including at the largest shopping
mall in Tel Aviv, where I have occasion to do lunch and/or shop on my Tel Aviv
days. I saw more people carrying at my
shul this Shabbat, including some who are not law enforcement officers
(including EMTs). One of these non-LEOs
is in my study group. I asked him if
there was any reason for special concern of late; of course he is very
tight-lipped about such things, but he grinned and told me that it never hurts
to be aware of one's surroundings.
my wife has picked up some signals of enhanced security at the hospital where
she is employed, including a colleague whose army reserve training exercise got
revised to an earlier date.
have a full schedule in the coming weeks.
Situational awareness will be a high priority.
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