Posted by: Liza Rosenberg | August 18, 2005

We’ve had a bad day

I’m sitting here at the computer listening to some good mellow songs. I’m a big believer in music setting the mood, and right now, just to give you an idea of the way I’ve been feeling lately, I keep hitting the replay button on Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day”. There’s just something about the song that moves me, and I suppose it has to do with everything that’s been going on lately.

To show contrast between what’s been happening in Gaza and how it’s affecting people in Tel Aviv, those reporters not sent down South have been plying their stories from some of the sandy spots in the city, interviewing folks on the beach. While I can certainly understand the desire and the need to escape from reality, I was actually quite shocked by the amazing display of apathy. These people didn’t seem to care that our country is being ripped apart by an issue that will change the face of Israel forever, that history is being made right under their sunburned little noses, that nothing will ever be the same.

I suppose for them, maybe it won’t. They will continue to live their lives as if nothing has changed. I just can’t understand it. I am in favor of the disengagement. Despite the fact that my heart repeatedly broke as I watched people’s sadness and unbearable despair unfold on television as they packed up and left their homes behind, I truly believe that this is still the right thing to do. However, I am still human. What kind of monster would I have to be not to be moved by the images we have seen? It is these people, the ones who chose to leave prior to the deadline, who are heroes deserving respect and to be treated with dignity for their courageous decision and actions. In my eyes, courage lies in making the difficult choices and following through, and that is what these people have done. They have made the decision to do what they can to move forward, to put their lives back on track. They have chosen to do the very best for their families and for the State of Israel, and for this, they should be commended, and provided with whatever assistance is necessary to help them in any way possible.

On the flip side of this equation, of course, are those who have chosen to stay behind and fight. I am truly appalled and sickened by the things that I’ve seen and heard. Their actions are positively shameful, and I cannot believe the depths to which they are sinking in this battle of brothers. When all is said and done and the security forces have managed to evacuate everyone, what will become of our country? What will it take to heal the wounds inflicted by this necessary move that is just so painful? Is this only the beginning of something, or does it end once all Israelis are out of Gaza? I fear for the immediate future of our nation as I hit the replay button to hear Daniel Powter’s words yet one more time.



  1. This is an interesting blog, I am adding it to my reading list.My problem is that I just want everyone to have a home. I think I probably see too many points of view and sit onthe fence. _ well I did vote lib-dem in the last UK elections.

  2. Hi Christine,

    Welcome aboard! I don’t see wanting everyone to have a home as a problem. Quite the opposite in fact. That should be the goal, and I think that one of the big problems is that many people seem to ignore this basic right.

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