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It’s the middle of the night.  Shlomo woke up, came to join us, and got back into bed.  I’m nearly asleep again.  Suddenly I hear a familiar, unmistakable sound – wooo-wooo, starting off low, getting higher, then dropping back to the low.  Oh, great.  In the middle of the night.  Do I have to get up?  What happens if I just ignore it?  And what do we do now?

No, the risks are too great.  Yes, I have to get up.  Yitzchak will get Shlomo, find his shoes, and head to the door.  I will find where my hat fell (to cover my hair), find my slippers, and go.  This whole conversation in my head lasts about five seconds.

I bolt upright, planning to find my slippers and hat.

“Chana, what happened?” Yitzchak turns over, startled.

And I realize –

there’s no siren.

It was just a dream.

I was half asleep.  Only half asleep.  And it sounded so clearly that I had no doubt that it was real.

“Nothing, I thought there was an azaka (air-raid siren).”  I lay back down; my heart is still beating fast.  In my stomach, I feel the effects of the adrenalin rush.  It’s a good thing.  I take a deep breath, remind myself that it was just a dream, and try to relax.

I guess this is how Shlomo feels when he dreams of woo-woos.

 Just so that you can hear what I heard (or what I thought I heard).  Ours are slightly louder – or maybe not, it could just be less traffic.  Notice that the cars are stopping.  When there is an azaka, people who are driving are instructed to stop their vehicles, get out, and lay prone on the ground, to minimize the chance of injury.  Because not everyone follows these instructions (and just in general), it is safer to go to the side of the road, which is why everyone is going over to the shoulder. 

Obama Revisited

Am I allowed to change my mind?  I hope so.

Since Obama left, some things have happened over here that have made me kind of suspicious.  It just smells funny, if you know what I mean.  What happened?

– Netanyahu apologized to Turkey, who then demanded $1 million per person killed in Mavi Marmara.  And was it our fault that they participated and were constituting a threat to our soldiers?  I don’t think so.

– There will, apparently, be more cuts in the aid that the United States gives to Israel.

– Obama helps flow cash to Palestinians.

– Netanyahu releases funds that he was holding from PA revenue – without receiving anything in return, and without using any of it to pay the PA’s electricity and water debts to Israel.  (Yes, everyone here pays electricity and water.  If you don’t pay, they cut it off.  But apparently if the PA doesn’t pay, theirs doesn’t get cut off.)

– There have been rumors that there will be an unofficial building freeze.  This means that we don’t state that we aren’t building, but we also don’t encourage it (or allow people to procure proper documentation).

– Both the US and Israel will help the PA out?  Really?  Especially when the home economy of each needs a lot of work?

– And then, there is Kerry.  But that’s for a different time.

See what I mean?

It’s all too coincidental; too perfectly timed.  It stinks of foul play and lies.

In addition, we may very well face budget cuts in the defense department.  Wonderful, huh?  I can’t wait.

So – what do I think of Obama now?  I’m not sure.  I guess I will just have to wait and see.  But in the meantime, I am trying to remember that he has sold us advanced war planes and funded the Iron Dome system.

At the end of the day – what Obama and Netanyahu decide is ultimately in G-d’s hands.  I believe that G-d won’t allow them to hurt us too badly (and now I am thinking about the Holocaust; but even then, those who saw it coming escaped in time).