Live from an Israeli bunker

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Down in the Bunker, life goes on

We had 10 sirens today, and finally a new instruction came to stay at least 15 minutes down there after a siren. This might be obscure so I'll explain. What happened in the past few days, and I've talked about this already, is this: Siren goes off, people go down into the bunker, all clear to come back up after a few minutes, then they rapidly fire again. You almost never hear a lone siren by itself, always in pairs or more with short pauses in between. This is designed to hit people when they come out of the bunker. So now we wait for 15 minutes and sure enough, while in the bunker we hear yet another siren again. But since everybody are down there nobody gets hurt the second time around. That's why recently we had relatively few casualties. STAY DOWN THERE. It will save your life, your completely safe there.

But we are spending more and more time down there. And some of you asked what it's like, and whats going on. Well this is from the last time: We are down there and after ten minutes another siren hits, so this means that we'll spend at least 25 minutes down there. The radio puts on a song to pass the time, it's "I want to be loved by you", Marilyn Monroe singing circa 1959 from a wonderful movie called "some like it hot".

Anyway, the scene was to me at least, surreal. Just imagine: "I wanna be loved by you, just you", somewhere three dozen miles away two rockets are inbound, "And nobody else but you", in your minds eye your flying behind them, seeing the green valleys of south Lebanon below you, "I wanna be loved by you, alone!", your passing over Israeli troops now, seeing them building up in a few locations, "Boop-boop-de-boop!", you for a second glimpse a dozen special op soldiers moving bend over on the ground unaware that behind the next hill there are three Hezbollah terrorists, but your not going to see the outcome of that because your moving on, "I wanna be kissed by you, just you", your over the border now passing over Israeli towns, "Nobody else but you", you notice a mushroom cloud here and there from where other rockets hit, "I wanna be kissed by you, alone!", in the distance you hear the sirens winding down, "I couldn't aspire", the rocket is half way there and runs out of fuel, "To anything higher", it's silent now, you hear nothing but keep on flying, "Than, to feel the desire", down in the bunker people listening to the song smile, it's not so bad we'll pull thru, "To make you my own!", the rocket slows and it's arch points downwards, then you start to hear a whistle, theres Haifa now you can see the bay and the sunlight reflecting from the sea, "Ba-dum-ba-dum-ba-doodly-dum-boo", darkness.

That's how long it takes. Down in the bunker people are dancing a little bit to the song, the radio announcer comes on: "two rockets fell in open spaces, no casualties, we'll play a song or two more and then hopefully release you. Stay safe."

And that... is that.


  • How many people share a bunker?

    By Anonymous m from nc, at 9:07 PM  

  • what other songs are played as you sit waiting?

    By Blogger EasyP, at 9:16 PM  

  • Israel defends its citizens against terrorists attacks and the UN and EU want a cease fire. When they can guarantee that Islamic terrorists will not attack Israelly civilians, then there should be a cease fire. However, that won't happen. Islam is attempting to take over the world. They will fail, but millions of innocent people will die at the hands of these brain-washed Islamic-fascists. Islam is a fraud.
    It's the cult of death and of Satan.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:24 PM  

  • It's diffrent every time, 5-20 other people.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 9:35 PM  

  • Just don't watch I Aim at the Stars the 1960 movie about Wernher von Braun............the songs are not quite so uplifting even if the content is more apt

    By Anonymous Rick, at 9:52 PM  

  • "Hear, O Israel, today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. 4 For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory."

    By Anonymous The word of God, at 10:01 PM  

  • i know that tel aviv has a big prostitute population... does haifa have one as well?

    maybe someone can open a bunker brothel so people can pass the time by making love

    By Anonymous Jack, at 10:16 PM  

  • i thank israel for fighting hizbullah. we dont want to make a war on anyone but hizbullah like to make a war.every people will sufer until hizbullah is finish

    By Anonymous Lebanon, at 10:20 PM  

  • Do you have access to a webcam or digital camera that can take movies?

    By Anonymous joshua, at 10:46 PM  

  • I read your blog almoust week and every day Im waiting raringly for next news from you. Thank you for you blog, for only chance to litle bit understand to situation there.
    Shalom and take care

    By Anonymous Jan, at 11:07 PM  

  • Well, I'm glad you could have some kind of uplifting entertainment as you're stuck down in that bumker, such as the entertainment is. I like Marilyn Monroe but they should come up with something ummm...different.

    Please tell your family and friends I am thinking of them all the time and praying for them, and you.

    When or where can I leave you my email address? I really don't want to put it here.


    By Blogger Sunny, at 11:52 PM  

  • I've just listened to your interview on INR over the weekend, and have to say when I heard your age, I was very surprised as you sound ultra-mature, and it just got me thinking about the thousands out there on the frontline who are little older than you. I used to think they were too young to be out in a war, but now realise you're more prepared for it most likely than many US army conscripts, although sadly the enemy have plenty of youngsters in their 'armies' too, but that just doubly saddens me. I'm a Christian (of the born-again, sold out for Jesus, variety), who has a huge heart for the Jewish people, because firstly I fear G-d and thus equally accept His Word as Truth, and secondly I follow a Jewish 'Messiah' who Has provided me with the most awesome life (although you'd never realise it perhaps if you saw me, as I'm heavily disabled), and thus I do as He has commanded me - bless His people as and how He grants me the means to do so. And since I'm housebound, and have little else to do other than surf the net/email etc, I spend a lot of my time encouraging those of you in Israel to never fear what man can do but to fear HaShem alone and if you can accept the scriptures as truth, then you know already - Israel WINS the war/s - every single time. Ok, it may come out of each one a bit battered and bruised, but already we're seeing the testimony of His Sovereignty in that so few Israelis have died thus far. Ultimately Israel is HIS land, same as the whole world is, but different in that He set that one small tiny land and people apart as His own, for His purposes alone. So I keep you all in prayer, and trust Him to save you from the enemy now as He has done throughout history. When you think about it you could take this battle right back to the time of King David, and the only difference most likely would be in the weaponry used and real-time reporting which sadly leads to 'foolish nations' sticking their oars in and attempting to change His Will - well, He's already said what He'll do to our 'Gentile nations' - Obadiah 1:15 - so be patient as I think He has a lot more up His divine sleeve yet to show this pagan world!! G-d bless.

    By Blogger Romayne, at 12:49 AM  

  • Eugene, you are an artist.

    Live well, survive, and keep writing.

    By Blogger Mollie, at 12:54 AM  

  • "And why Israel dont' accomplish any of the ONU's resolutions about the occupied lands and now insists that Hizbollha have to accomplish resolution 1559? Only hipocrisie support on the power of weapons."

    - answear me this, please, and don't be dogmatic as you have been always. You know the real problem are the Palestinians, even if the Israeli government wants to separate waters.

    By Anonymous armando, at 1:03 AM  


    The Israeli army has been accused of using Palestinian civilians as human shields in an operation in northern Gaza.

    ... yeah, reality is not only in black and white...

    By Anonymous armando, at 1:15 AM  

  • If I was to run at you with a knife and the whole world was to tell you to run back in my direction and hug me, would you do it?

    We pulled out of Gaza, did we not? We keep being fired on, we knew we would be but we did it anyway. Are we not compromising our security rapidly enough for you Armando?

    It's 1:15AM, I'm too tired to go over this again right now, if you will await a reply it won't be for a few hours. Not that I know why I bother since you never reply to my queries.

    Heather: Thank you for the compliment.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 1:20 AM  

  • my last comment: read this blog

    from a university teacher of politic science

    what i can wish is a more human gouvernement to your country

    By Anonymous armando, at 1:29 AM  

  • UN
    25 July 2006


    Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York



    The following statement by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan was issued today in Rome:

    I am shocked and deeply distressed by the apparently deliberate targeting by Israeli Defense Forces of a United Nations observer post in southern Lebanon that has killed two United Nations military observers, with two more feared dead.

    This coordinated artillery and aerial attack on a long established and clearly marked United Nations post at Khiyam occurred despite personal assurances given to me by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that United Nations positions would be spared Israeli fire. Furthermore, General Alain Pelligrini, the United Nations Force Commander in south Lebanon, had been in repeated contact with Israeli officers throughout the day on Tuesday, stressing the need to protect that particular United Nations position from attack.

    I call on the Government of Israel to conduct a full investigation into this very disturbing incident, and demand that any further attack on United Nations positions and personnel must stop.

    The names and nationalities of those killed are being withheld pending notification of their families. I extend sincere condolences to the families of our fallen peacekeepers.

    * *** *

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:08 AM  

  • You people in the bunkers and all over Israel are in my prayers. Also the Lebanese who have been powerless against Hizzbollah. Personally I think the world should be happy that Israel is doing the job for them. Stay safe, stay brave

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:51 AM  

  • Eugene,

    Thanks for keeping the world informed of the plight of Israel's civilians on the frontline. You are a mature, informed and wise young man.

    Do not let the bastards who post on here get you down. You and Israel have many supporters and admirers around the world. We just aren't as loud sometimes as your detractors.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:19 AM  

  • I read newspapers from all over the world and check out everything from CNN to Headline News to get the whole story and blog about it, so I have been closely following what is happening in Israel and Lebanon.

    I have friends in Israel, but I also have friends with roots in Lebanon. It tears my heart to see the suffering of the people caught in the cross-fire. Hezbollah is an enemy to both Israel and Lebanon and must be stopped.

    I believe your cause is a just one, and my prayers are with you.

    By Anonymous J.P., at 4:08 AM  

  • I´m reading about all possible reasons for this state of war.
    What is Herzbolah?
    Grat confusion about the people own of the land in that area!
    Since Biblic time!

    By Blogger asn, at 4:54 AM  

  • Eugene, back to your description of your bunker time: I love that movie (Some Called it Hot), and I heard Marilyn Monroe's voice singing that song while I read your column. The combination was quite wonderful, and I thank you for it.

    Cheers, and My best wishes to all of your bunker mates. You are - at this moment in time - fighting my fight, and millions of us know that too.

    By Blogger Mollie, at 5:13 AM  

  • heres the thing people in the western world just dont think for themselves enough ask yourself why are israeli casualties so low compared to lebonese? simple if you think about it they have been at war on terrorism on all sides for there entire existance as a modern country they have been prepared! lebanon has been interested only in spreading its idea of hate and war it doent care about its people at all(plus the hezies cant aim worth crap aparently)

    and as to the fact that israel is on land the palastinians claim? well there bloods been let for the same land as palastine/ theyve lived lives there for almost 50yrs how long can they truly be called interlopers when theyve been born there its as stupid as the kkk saying blacks here should go back to africa!! most havent even been to africa in 200yrs! they have as much right to this country as anyone else

    By Blogger james, at 5:14 AM  

  • sorry when i say lebanon i ment hezbollah please for give the typo

    By Blogger james, at 5:19 AM  

  • You should be so lucky not to just be able to listen to Marilyn but have her in your bunker, you might never come out ;-)
    Just so you know she converted to Judaism and had a Chupa when she married Arthur Miller in 1956.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:21 AM  

  • Armando,

    Thanks for showing the world a glimpse of EXACTLY what the typical Jihadist Arab is all about when you posted your link called "angryarab".

    One doesn't even need to go into that blog to know what propaganda it spews.

    Did you know that anger is like idolatry? It is one of the worst characteristic traits. Unfortunately Jihadists can't see beyond their own hate. It's therefore impossible to rehabilitate them.

    Yep, to many crazy angry hateful Arabs in this world. This is why we're in this mess.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:13 AM  

  • I think that Lebanese and Israeli citizens are both fed up of this situation. Living in an unsecure country.
    I was born in Lebanon, and war was almost continuous here, running away all the time.
    I feel that the lebanese people and israeli are alike.
    You have palestinians, we have syrians and we both have hezbollah that we do not like.
    I am sure that if we combine our countries, that are climatically and geographicly almost identical, and we put the palestinian and hezbollah together in the same country, next to syria, it will bring peace.
    What do you think ?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:08 AM  

  • busted!

    israeli schools and media teach their people historical lies all the time.

    unlike most pro-israeli sites (just google "israel history"), this site provides facts, quotes, and references.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:25 AM  

  • I am a Christian friend in California and I send you and Israel love and support. I pray that you find victory in this battle so that a cease fire becomes a real cessation and not just a lull in the fighting.

    By Blogger Heroic Dreamer, at 9:51 AM  

  • 4 UN observers killed by israeli bombing.

    you're gonna tell me hozballa was using THEM as shilds?

    i'm sure many israeli people are quite nice and peace loving. but your government is pure evil.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:32 AM  

  • "israeli schools and media teach their people historical lies all the time." - Spoken by a man (or woman) who has never set foot here. Have you gone to school here? I have, I'm still going.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 2:11 PM  

  • How about a cease fire + exchange of prisoners and dead bodies + deployment of an active peace keeping force on the boarders which would be replaced later on by the Regular Lebanease army after the Israeli withdrawal from Shabaa Farms .. what do you think about this backage deal .. obviously Hizballah would be disarmed by the Lebanease Govrnment as there will be no justification to permit a militarised organization in a soverign state..

    By Anonymous Ingrid, at 2:37 PM  

  • You mean like what we were promised would happen 6 years ago?

    I don't think the Lebanese army is capable of disarming Hezbollah, if it is then why didn't it do it before?

    Otherwise, what you wrote is basically what we want.

    There have been a "peace keeping" force for 27 years now on that border, it's useless.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 3:15 PM  

  • the lebanon goverment do nothing against hezbolah...

    i can`t understand why they are sitting in offices and just looking at that bombing, calling th UN for help. they have a little army with which they could fall the hezbollah in its back.

    and i belive in the lebanon there is still a phone to call olmert to help him to destroy hezbollah...

    keep going israel! shalom!

    By Blogger whiteangel777, at 3:16 PM  

  • While you pro-Israel hawks are screaming about Israel's right to "defend" itself, Israel is and has been targeting and assassinating unarmed UN observers, red cross ambulances, families picnicking on a beach, civilians and civilian infrastructure, children, journalists, and US activists. Are all of them threats from which Israel must "defend" itself? That paranoic mantra is beginning to wear thin as the Israelis cynically haul it out everytime they launch another war crime. I am ashamed and angry that my country and my tax dollars are aiding and enabling this latest Israeli war crime. Hezbollah and Hamas are logical Arab responses to the colonial, expansionist Israeli state in their midst. The only honest way the Israelis can "defend" themselves is by ending the occupation: stop killing their neighbors and annexing their lands. Or have they forgotton, Thou shalt not kill and Thou shalt not steal?

    By Blogger Wise Woman Home Guide, at 4:12 PM  

  • i can`t understand your opinion... your living in israel, but you don`t agree with the beeing of israel at this place?

    and again... israel told civilians to leave...

    what else can they do when hezbollah or hamas are attacking israel? looking on that nice katujas which killing israeli childen on playgrounds or suiside killers which blow up busses?

    of cause your right... i would stand and look at all this...


    By Blogger whiteangel777, at 5:13 PM  

  • For almost 30 years, since the inception of UNIFIL in South Lebanon, the UN soldiers have had Jewish blood on their hands; no, they haven't pulled triggers, but they've certainly gone out of their way to aid and abet Israel's enemies. Read this:

    * UNIFIL observers have frequently revealed the whereabouts of IDF counterinsurgence ambushes to the terrorists;

    * UNIFIL observers, happy to augment their meager incomes with fat Iranian-funded wads of dollars by moonlighting for the Hizbolla terrorists, have served as artillery spotters to help direct terrorist fire against Israel;

    * UNIFIL observers during the past 6 years have closed a blind eye to the massive construction of bunkers in South Lebanon, as well as the massive stockpiling of deadly weapons intended for use against Israel;

    * UNIFIL observers have given free passage to terrorists on their way to infiltrating or attempting to attack Israel.

    * UNIFIL observers have kept the terrorists updated and abreast of IDF movements.

    Unifil_1978_kardelah UNIFIL observers - observing for whom?

    From a spiritual standpoint, Kofi Annan is right; Hashem does things deliberately, not by accident. Maybe the world wasn't aware of the Jewish blood on antisemitic UNIFIL hands, but Hashem knew. The UNIFIL boys atop El Hyam know full well what favors they've done for the Hizbolla; they also know why they got hit. Just as UNIFIL shed no tears for the maimed and homeless of Kiriat Shemona and Tzfat, we shed no tears for UNIFIL.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:58 PM  

  • Hi,

    As a Scottish, lapsed Catholic, I have no axe to grind either way. I wish all civilians on both sides well in terrible times. However, as a yougster I spent a year in Israel, on a Kibbutz in Megido on the Lebanse border,in Rishon Lezion and finally in Eilat.

    I saw apartheid in action in Israel towards the non-Jewish citizens there. The government and media brainwash the Israeli people, in the same way as happens here in the UK and in the US. The Neocons have taken over the asylum, and We the People need to wake up!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:54 AM  

  • Apartheid: "An official policy of racial segregation, legal, and economic discrimination"

    Israeli-Arabs can vote just like Jews and any other citizens, they can work and are not barred from any job, they can be and are part of the government. There are no special taxes on them. No special seats in buses or special hospitals. They have equal-rights.

    My school (private) has a noticeable number of Israel-Arabs. Some of them are in the boarding school and will go on to have a military career in the army. Lot's of Israel-Arabs volunteer to be part of the IDF.

    Pardon me, what exactly was it that you saw then?! What are you talking about is lost on me.

    In case you mean the Palestinians they are allowed to work here, but obviously for security concerns they get scanned.

    Or do you perhaps mean when going into a mall or store or any other public building that they had to be checked by a security guard? Because everybody are checked, all the times, no exceptions. Such is the reality of life here. It's of necessity not malice.

    So pray tell what you saw.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 1:14 AM  

  • Pray Tell?

    You see what you did there?

    You disagreed with my point of view... you refused to accept any aspect of what I was saying... ignored completely that which made uncomfortable reading... failed to recognize the validity of a viewpoint that differed from your own...

    ...and you then got a bit aggressive.

    Pray tell, does this represent the manifestation of a national character trait?

    I predict a job in Israeli Foreign Diplomacy!!!

    Be safe

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:25 AM  

  • All that because of the use of the word "pray"? Pray tell is an expression, a figure of speech, sheesh you weirdo.

    What you wrote and my experience differ significantly, you didn't go into details so I asked you to elaborate.

    Then you wrote the two of the craziest posts I've ever read (deleted), get a life.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 3:13 AM  

  • Sure, whatever Dude - fill your boots - delete whatever..., just be sure and google Ben Freedman, PNAC, Ashkenazis, depleted uranium etc, there's a good lad!!

    If what you find there is also the craziest stuff you ever read, maybe you better just stay safe in that bunker until they can raise IQ levels via DNA manipulation or something!!

    By Blogger Ben Freedman, at 1:30 AM  

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