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Hoping for a quiet night during the new Gaza War

First we get hit by Hurricane Sandy while on vacation in New York.

Now this.

But hey, nothin’ like a good ‘ol war to fix that writer’s block. Gotta hand it to Bibi, I’m blogging once again. Thanks, Bibi! (Or wait, should I thank Hamas, too? Yeah… I should. And Barak. Oh, and Barack. Oh, and AIPAC. Almost forgot AIPAC… phew! Thanks AIPAC!)


I was just leaving work in Rehovot as my wife and kids had to run to the stairwell when the sirens in Bat Yam came on.

When I got back, I realized that we are now ballistic experts.

She: So, I guess the hallway is the best place, right?
Me: Yeah, if we can’t get to the stairs on time.
She: At least our flat is northern.
Me: Yeah, it’ll hit the southern ones first, right?
She: For sure.


Caught in mid air…

Me: So, one of them landed in Bat Yam?
She: Yeah. But the IDF says it “didn’t land on ground.”
Me: What does that mean?
She: That it landed in the sea, apparently.
Me: But you said there was a huge boom.
She: Exactly.
Me: So….?
She: It went “boom!”…. not “splash!”


As we consider taking the kids out of Bat Yam to a safer area, I remember the families of Gaza who have nowhere to go.


We won’t be sending the girls to kindergarten. Don’t think two overweight women can get 30 kids into a bomb shelter in 90 seconds.


As the Tel Aviv metropolitan area was hit, the jokes came soon after. My Facebook wall was flooded with some of the best black humor I’ve seen in a while. Unfortunately, most of it doesn’t translate too well. Most of it was about how Tel Avivians have been bashed for being out of touch when the periphery in the north and south were bombarded over the years, and now the Tel Avivi bubble has burst. They are no longer drinking espressos, like they did when Haifa and Sderot were hit.

“Unbelievable: In Haifa they’re eating hummus while missiles are falling in Tel Aviv” (Dan Cooper)

“It’s raining! Just kidding, it’s missiles” (Ido Kenan)

“By the way, Nate Silver has called exactly 95% of the falls so far” (Shahar Even-Dar Mandel)

And of course, Amir Schiby the meme-master has some good ones:

(Amir Schiby)

The ballots for election 2013 (Amir Schiby)

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    1. Tamar

      I missed your voice, Ami. And here you are… בשעה טובה (sort of)

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    2. Mitchell Cohen

      Stay safe!!!!

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    3. Lauren

      Ami I’m in NY and Sandy was devastating. Now you are facing more tragedy. Stay strong and stay safe….. it’s a very trying time for all.

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    4. Ed Frias

      Hamas sending mentally disabled teenagers as homicide bombers for 72 virgins doesn’t seem to bother Islamo fascists supporters like
      Golda Meir talked 40 years ago about this child abuse

      During the Second Intifada period Israel succeeded in emptying the reservoir of suicide bombers. It turned out that the 72 virgins waiting for the shahid in paradise have only limited power of enticement.

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    5. Aaron Gross

      Hope you “Northerners” in Bat Yam will have a peaceful and quiet Shabbat.

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