As we wait with hope and fear mixed that the promised ceasefire will actually come to pass – and most important pray that our kidnapped boys will be brought home safe and well (not a word has been heard about their wellbeing in this awful month ) please think of how Israel needs you and how you can help.
Here in Israel all of us fortunate enough to be out of the range of the missiles have done our best, sending comfort parcels to those trapped up north, some brave people as you know going up to entertain and encourage those cowering in shelters.
There are places like Kiryat Shmoneh and Nahariya and Acco and Haifa and Sfat where destruction is everywhere, from schools to hospitals to the shopping mall.
But also every time you heard “the missile fell on open ground” what you didn’t hear was another fire broke out, more trees burnt, more wild animals were trapped. Jackals, foxes, deer, eagles, wild boars, gazelles and of course domestic cattle all have suffered heavy casualties. The Hula has sustained many hits and many of the beautiful and stately old eucalyptus have gone.
There are of course already funds for replanting trees, (again we give money when we go to the supermarket ) and for rebuilding. And if you want to add your contribution that would be grand.
But there is a special way that you readers of Tripadvisor can really help.
Go north my friends, go north!
You may not realise quite how great the damage is up there, so take that in to account, but if you start booking for November, December and beyond NOW - you will give such a lift to the spirits of those poor people! And give them the incentive they need to pick up the pieces and go forward.
ps Those of you who pray, please say a special word for all our injured and wounded – some still fighting for their lives and many facing months, if not years of rehabilitation ahead of them. Others who will have to live with disabilities that will not go away with time.