As you probably well know, Israel began a ground offensive in Gaza yesterday. Again, life here in Jerusalem continues as usual, and in fact we didn't know about it at all until we got back from dinner and opened up our e-mails. (Incidentally we had a terrific dinner with a former professor of ours from UVA). We've been concernedly reading news and op-eds, and I thought, as before, I'd share what I've been reading with you:
http://muqata.blogspot.com/ -- This is pretty good play-by-play coverage
http://idfspokesperson.com/ --- The Israel Defense Forces blog
http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/2009/01/gaza-update-75.html -- a good news 'round up'
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3649818,00.html -- EU President says Israel is acting defensively
http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1052299.html - Haaretz reports on sending ground troops into Gaza
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1230733129564&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull -- about the role of Jews outside of Israel
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/01/200913163956673954.html -- Khaled Hroub, author of several books on Hamas, including Hamas: A Beginner's Guide, talks to Al Jazeera about the organisation's social and political strengths and explains why he believes Hamas is looking forward to an Israeli ground incursion into the Gaza Strip.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/04/weekinreview/04myers.html?_r=1&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink -- on the goals of the offensive
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1052336.html -- Haaretz analysis of goals of the operation
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1051949.html - Arab Israeli journalist in support of Israel's actions
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jan/03/gaza-diary-israel -- journal of a Palestinian in Gaza
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/01/04/world/20090104_ISRAEL-HAMAS_TIMELINE.html?hp -- interactive timeline
http://uk.reuters.com/article/UKNews1/idUKTRE5021XK20090103 -- Europe at odds over Israeli land offensive in Gaza
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/01/02/AR2009010202196.html?hpid=opinionsbox1 -- "As my son goes to war, I am fully Israeli at last" ---- this is a very good article that I highly recommend.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gvkupiBcwxWZ3b8yDzfzrKUtszUg -- UN Security Council Fails to Agree on Gaza Ceasefire Call
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7809371.stm -- an article very critical of Israel's propaganda effort
This list could go on forever, but I hope that these articles help you to understand the situation in Gaza a bit better. We will, of course, keep you updated, but please know that here in Jerusalem we are safe.