Live from an Israeli bunker

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Light at the end of the tunnel?

Three hours after I last updated a couple of rockets hit Haifa with no casualties. The sirens didn't work well, supposedly as a result of a power out that we had. My internet connection was also damaged by the power out and I've only just regained access.

A few hours later 17 rockets hit the north with no casualties. Rockets are now starting to fall in open spaces, seems like Hezbollah lost much of their targeting power and are shooting blindly. Hopefully this will be an ongoing state of affairs and we just might have a casualty free day today.

This subtle change occurs concurrently with the start of ground troops operations. I think it's related. The objective is to make small incursions and destroy 15-20 outposts. You can't launch rockets if you're being hunted by ground troops. Six targets that were responsible for Hezbollah's financials have also been destroyed. A week more of this may turn out to be quite effective.

I'd like to leave you with this anecdote: On Sunday a solider was injured from a rocket that hit Haifa, it damaged a main artery. He has been sedated in the hospital since as it is a very painful injury. Today he got a visit from what is the equivalent here to the chief of staff. He regained consciousness and saluted with a shaking hand.

I'm starting to see diplomatic actions occurring next week, and a cease fire before August.

On the other hand the rumor of the kidnapped soldiers being held in the Iranian embassy is persistent and if it turns out to be true, I don't even want to entertain that thought. 

8 Comments:

  • Just want you to know that this American is praying for you and for Isreal. I hope you are sucessful to rid the world of these terrorists and most of the sane Americans are behind you. We have the looney left in our country who protest anytime they get to get their stupid face on a camera so don't get upset cuz most of America loves you.
    I am a Methodist by faith but when I was small I belonged to the Jewish Community Center cuz they had the best swim team and they welcomed me with open arms.
    God bless and hang in there.
    I'd love to hear back from you cuz I'm worried about you and yours.
    Love,
    Nancy Coshatt
    Alabaster, Alabama

    By Blogger Drewsmom, at 2:56 PM  

  • You stay strong man. You guy' are Destroying them out there.

    Don't listen to the Naysayers, If I were you guy's I would be pissed too.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:59 PM  

  • Give 'em hell and don't let up until they cry uncle and line up to hand over their weapons.

    God speed. Keep your head down and watch your back.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:10 PM  

  • Hey Guys,I thought i would share this with you.

    CNN just aired something about this blogg. In the same portion in which this blog was showed, another was as well.

    http://bloggingbeirut.com/archives/515-UPDATED-Israel-Terror-Attacks-Reach-Achrafieh.html

    I know that's a Long link but appearantly thats a lebonese blogg doing the exact same thing you are doing here.
    This has to be a first for Warfare, though it is quite interesting being able to get first-hand news from both sides of the event.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:20 PM  

  • Just to let you know: you and the rest of Israel have my support from here in South Africa, even if only moral support.

    Stay strong!

    Rob

    By Blogger Rob, at 3:50 PM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:01 PM  

  • (Last post converted to lowercase)
    I, too pray for you and all my family in israel. the majority of the same and honest world know who the bad guys and who the good guys are. that is why our american children, fathers, brothers, and sisters are sacryficing their lives in iraq, for the very same reason israel must defend herself. israel is the homeland for all the jews, and represents freedom of religion and the right to exist for anyone who is not a terrorist (aka islamic radicals) elsewhere in the world. if we do not defend ourselves now and rid of the terrorists, we all shall perish (because they wont stop until they blow us all up). right at this moment they [the taliban}are murdering women and babies in somalia and other poor, vulnerable african countries. no one is immune from the terror of the insane islamic radicals, even teir very own people (how do the arabs not see this????????). it is so sad for them. i pray for them, too. they (the younger,poor, uneducated, brainwashed, naive arabs) know nothing other than hatred and murder. perhaps they should read a book other than the koran and learn what life is all about. g-d bless you and our families in israel. contiunue to be brave. we fully support you.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 4:19 PM  

  • Well - It wasn't casualty free, last I heard two had been killed.

    I am finding it funny that the US along with the rest of the G8 has stated that some ceasfire needs to be reached soon, but yet listening to statments coming out of Iran today saying, "That if the US wants to get invovled and start WWIII, we are more than ready to fight and die.", it makes it hard to have any doubt of what countries are actually pulling the strings behind Hezbollah. It is just sad because the US in no way wants to get into a war in Lebanon. But I feel that due to your justified retaliation you have started a chain reaction that will culminate into a massive relligious war. But it's one I fear my country won't be able to come out on top of. Though, what must be done must be done.

    (I don't know if you know this, but the US is contemplating sending the USMC into Lebanon to extract trapped Americans - Hezbollah will propbably use it as an excuse to get the US envovled and subsequently get Iran envolved - of course that might be what the US wants - plausable deniability)

    Anyway, I'm praying for you and for Israel. God Bless

    By Blogger dark_atreides, at 4:25 AM  

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