Storm watch: Yesterday’s fierce winds and heavy rain caused flooding, power outages, and downed trees, and in higher elevation areas (Jerusalem, the Golan, etc.), the rain became snow. It isn’t anywhere near freezing in Karmiel (right now around 8 C), but there is thunder, lightening, and rain. Hail yesterday. Check out the live webcam of the snow storm in Jerusalem.
Waiting for Winograd: The formal Winograd report (the committee that investigated the government and army’s responsiveness in the Second Lebanon War) is due. Anticipation for it leads to some rather biting political satire, including Eretz Nehederet’s spoof of the game show 1 Against 100; their version: 1 Against 119 (referring to the number of Israeli soldiers who died in the war), in which Olmert, Peretz, and Halutz (former chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz, who was in charge of the reserve army at the time of the war) have to answer loaded questions. (The video clip takes a long time to load, so be patient.) Very funny. The level of debate, open discussion, freedom of speech, and public involvement in such issues here is a sign of a healthy democracy and open society, though you sure wouldn’t know it if all you heard about Israel came from the international press. Case in point: the recent barrage of anti-Israel press about the Gaza blockade.
Feel the love: Tennis, that is. In case you missed it, an Israeli duo takes the Australian Open. First time!
Show the love: The original Fluff Bomb, Freddie (Nadine’s number 1 long-distance squeeze), gives us a glam Playgirl pose.