Live from an Israeli bunker

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The shape of things to come

I was interview by Roger Simon on the newly lunched PoliticsCentral.com, I'm flabbergasted is what I am. My interview is posted immediately after the one with the Israeli ambassador to the United States. So thank you Roger.

I'll probably be doing another one for the OpenSource radio show. You will have to excuse my very cheap and half broken microphone and horrible accent. (Didn't get to talk in English for the last seven years or so, I'm a little rusty)

Now that we got that out of the way, let's talk about what's going to happen next. I've been asked a number of times now how much longer do I think this conflict will go on. I can't tell, nobody can. But looking into my crystal ball I think it might be a while longer.

Some good news is that the three kidnapped soldiers are all alive. They will hopefully be kept alive and unharmed to negotiate a ceasefire and the exchange of prisoners. Here's to their safe return.

But it might be a week or two, at least, from now. The Israeli air force destroyed six rocket launchers today out of the few dozen that currently exist. That's not enough. Also, if you have been aching for proof of Syrian involvement in this, trucks delivering weapons have been intercepted and destroyed traveling from Syria into Lebanon.

It's becoming increasingly obvious that while the air force is doing a good job, it hit over a hundred strategic locations today, ground troops need to go in for short bursts of time to do some cleaning work. And new intelligence needs to be gathered as most of the established targets by the IDF have been destroyed already. All of that takes time. Involvement from other nations, things like Condoleezza Rice flying out here for example (she hasn't), is scant.

Nasrallah also likes to fire the last shot, so we might see him use something he hasn't used before just prior to a potential ceasefire. As long as Syria is not a direct part of this, seems to me that while there is a lot of tension it's under control.

More soon.

26 Comments:

  • good lord, what an amazing blog!

    By Blogger jonathan riley, at 12:59 AM  

  • Thank you for your blog. You must have made excellent grades in school. You write and speak beautifully. I hope and pray your Air Force and military take out the terrorists before the UN interferes. Did you know that our Marines are cheering Israel on? Take care, and keep blogging !

    By Anonymous momisaverb, at 1:14 AM  

  • stay safe.

    my thoughts are with the israelis, and am confident we will succeed.

    By Blogger EasyP, at 1:17 AM  

  • MAHMOUD AHMADINEJAD NEEDS TO BE ASSASSINATED !! HAMAS & HEZBOLLAH NEED TO BE DESTROYED ONCE & FOR ALL !!

    By Blogger Anonymous, at 2:14 AM  

  • You know the AntiChrist as stated in the bible will be from Jewish descent. So its not far fetched to say that this race is evil unless they repent and be baptised in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost and forego Satan and his pride. I say the same with the Muslims too. REPENT AND BE BAPTISED!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:17 AM  

  • I Am a Very PROUD American Born Jew !! I LOVE ISRAEL and it is tearing me apart seeing what's happening to Haifa. I have close friends that live in Haifa, Israel. On the flipside, I LOVE what I am seeing on TV with regards to Lebanon. I Hope and Pray Israel continues to pound the Hezbollah terrorists & what's more, I agree with Mr. Anonymous comments - Israel Must DESTROY Hezbollah & Hamas once and for all, if there's ever going to be peace in this region of the world. As for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he's the coming of a second Adolf Hitler... He must be assassinated... Maybe the Israeli Mossad will get him...

    By Blogger Anonymous, at 2:19 AM  

  • The only AntiChrists I know of are those of the Christian demonination, like all the nazis of the evil 3rd Reich... You believe in a Jewish messiah & the Holy ghost... LOL... What's your Holy Ghost's name: Caspar?

    By Blogger Anonymous, at 2:21 AM  

  • That's correct Christians & Catholics - Jesus Christ was a JEW !! Any problem with THAT ??? We are the chosen people !! I LOVE MY JUDAISM !!

    By Blogger Anonymous, at 2:26 AM  

  • Nope no problem that Jesus was a Jew! It just begs the question that has stymied Jews for almost 2,000 years. Do you believe that Jesus is God? Since He says that He is, then was it right that your ancestors committed deicide on one who was your fellow member of the Jewish race?

    By Anonymous Joseph, at 3:03 AM  

  • Just heard your interview; it's excellent! I hope the world politicos give Israel enough time to complete their mission, and the IDF keeps up its focus to do that. From what I hear, the generals are happy that the new defense administration allows the generals to run their missions with less interference than when former generals were running the country.

    As any good political leader would do, if they have a good strategy to begin with and God knows that this one seems better than the last decade of appeasement.

    Good fortune and blessings!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:04 AM  

  • Thanks very much to all of you for all of your comments, please keep religion discussions to a minimum however.

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

  • Well, I think that Isreal is cocky agaisnt the world if it wasn't the fact that the US and its Jews give this nation billions of dollars each year. If it wasn't a fact then the Muslims would have crushed all of Jews along time ago. But you know what we Catholics have been persecuted and oppressed like in Ireland. We just don't print money out of nowhere like they do in the Federal reserve, a private entity that is a government within a government.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:20 AM  

  • Eugene, heard the podcast interview. Not surprising that you were contacted by intel...

    anon 3:20pm, that's what the Arabs said in 1948. And 1967. And...

    By Anonymous Josh, at 3:39 AM  

  • This must be the comment area for looneys???

    Mr. Kite, USA

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:58 AM  

  • Mazel-tov on your excellent blog. Our thoughts are constantly with you and Israel at this difficult time.

    I do hope you start deleting some of the weird comments you're getting; I don't think you or the Jewish people need these moonbat anti-semitic ravings at this time in history.

    Am Y'israel chai!

    By Anonymous Canadian, at 4:34 AM  

  • joseph, if I had a dime for every person at the time of Jesus who said he was divine... Not saying he is, not saying he isn't -- just saying that he wasn't alone in his assertion.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:46 AM  

  • I'm sure Jesus is a fine subject, however if you wish to discuss him to that elsewhere. It's largely irrelevant, I don't want to censor comments on my blog but this is very borderline. Don't force me to start deleting comments.

    By Blogger Live from an Israeli bunker, at 4:52 AM  

  • Great Blog, very informative and well written. Keep up the good work and stay safe.

    By Blogger Beldar, at 5:04 AM  

  • You are a fine young man. Keep your head down and stay safe. I think the IDF has a lot more work to do (on the ground) in Lebanon before this can end. However, crushing Hizbollah and Hamas will make for a better world.

    The free world is with you and prays for your success and safety--except for a couple of looney Christian moonbats who escaped our censors.

    By Anonymous Gus, at 5:17 AM  

  • The Majority of the United States supports Israel and prays for you safety! We are with you!

    Take care, stay safe. Maybe one day I'll get the pleasure of meeting you!

    Andy

    By Anonymous root@localhost.localdomain, at 5:36 AM  

  • Eugene,

    Thanks for this great blog. You are doing a terrific job and I am really impressed at your articulation on this matter.

    Ha Onglit shel Eugene ze tov Meod!

    Henay lo yanum v'lo yishan shomer Yisroel!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:37 AM  

  • I am listening to the interview right now. Your writing English is great compared to the spoken English (it is a backhanded compliemtn, but I really mean it to be a compliment).

    Your blog is great and I am impressed with how fast it has gotten known and even picked up and noticed by the press.

    By Blogger Rafi G, at 10:44 AM  

  • The majority of America supports Israel. I'm an ex-military vet, and have two personal friends in the IDF reserves. One of my former business partners is from Haifa. Hoping his family is safe!

    Most of us in the US are spoiled because we cannot remember what it was like for our ancestors years back who were under threat of attack - criminals, tribal Indian warfare, civil war - all of that was at least four or five generations past. So now half of our country forgets. The other half... well, we remember.

    Those of us who served to support and defend the Constitution. We understand and we're rooting for you to stick it to Iran - directly. Do what our whiny pathetic noncomprehending neighbors and friends are not capable of, and help out the world.

    ----
    Dude, I'm a Christian and I say delete the off-topic posts. They're annoying and unrelated, and shame me.

    By Blogger Charles, at 11:39 AM  

  • Hello from Ohio, USA.

    I'm also a Christian, and I'd like to remind all others who comment here to not forget their Jewish heritage. My dad is a Christian pastor currently writing a book about the feasts and festivals of Israel and how they apply to Christians today. It's well to remember from where, and from whom, we descend.

    Furthermore, I agree with Charles - the 'Christian' loonies commenting here aren't at all acting in accordance to the beliefs they claim to profess. I'm ashamed of them.

    Keep up the fascinating work. I've really enjoyed getting an inside look at this conflict (and one not presented by the unreliable media!) and how it's affecting people first-hand.

    Stay safe.

    By Anonymous rachel, at 4:49 PM  

  • I don't think that this is the proper place to debate whose religion is correct, respect our host and the people of his country who are going through such a difficult moment. C'mon now folks a little compassion, someone is kind enough to share their observations while their country is on the brink of war, they need our support. I don't think anyone would want to be in this person's situation, with the terrible sound of sirens at all times of the day and night, their concern for their loved ones, their concern for their country as a whole, that's a huge burden to bear. So why would some try to compound that situation with hurtful words, and insults to their religion, what good does that do for anyone?

    Just do the right thing.

    To our host, don't let those things get you down, stay strong, and stay safe. There are many out here in the world who wish you well.

    By Blogger NYC, at 5:17 PM  

  • Shalom from Switzerland!

    I listened to the interview and I can affirm that you don't have a "horrible accent." And for a 17-year-old -- no offense to all the 17-year-olds around the world -- you're very sensible. And it shows in the way you talk and the way you write.

    My brother and his family were based in Haifa (working for the world's biggest chip maker as engineers). But they (only my brother and his son; my sis-in-law, together with my niece, flew to Manila three weeks ago for business purposes) had to flee Haifa due to the constant barrage of Hezbollah rockets there. I hope and pray you and your family, plus all the innocent civilians, will be safe.

    All the best in your blog!

    By Anonymous Jayred, at 12:54 PM  

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