Rocket Attack !!

Well it finally happened ! I was in the right place at the right time to see the Israeli defence shield in action !!

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I had just finished visiting Elias’s family this afternoon (full story in my next post) and Elias & I were standing by the taxi rank outside Damascus Gate in Jerusalem when the sirens howled across the city.

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A few seconds later I saw three streaks of white fly into the late afternoon sky to the south west. Two exploded in white balls and the other a created a massive orange glow which gradually died into two white balls in the sky.

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The sirens died and the hubbub of the city noise returned to normality. Then BOOM ! The noise of one of the defence missiles exploding ripped through the city of Jerusalem and a great cheer rang out from the Palestiniansย  outside the Damascus Gate. Then another BOOM followed by cheers. Then the final BOOM and cheers. Jerusalem city life returned to normal, traffic moving and people scurrying here, there and everywhere.

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Ralph xox โค

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68 Comments on “Rocket Attack !!

    • Hi Not ๐Ÿ˜€ The whole incident I found surreal. On one hand knowing that a bad thing was happening, yet on the other, I was watching a firework display. Weird ! Ralph xox โค

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  1. Be careful there Ralph. War is never a pleasant thing to witness in any form. Too much death and destruction

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    • Hi Al ๐Ÿ˜€ For the last week or so I know nothing about what’s going on here in Israel. I have not watched the news or heard much about what is going on. The people here just go about their day to day business and talk about their day to day lives, tours etc. So to suddenly be faced by an incident of war, to me was unreal and quite something to watch. I reported it as how I saw it happen. Ralph ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Hi Georgia ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes, I’m okay ! Still in holiday mode ! I assume there is a war going on a few miles away, yet none of it seems to affect Jerusalem. Tourists, taxis, buses, people just go about doing their own thing as normal. So the missiles flying was totally abnormal to my day to day vacation. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hi Lynne ๐Ÿ˜€ You probably know the answer to your question already. Let’s just say it’s my work. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hi Resa ๐Ÿ˜€ Don’t worry my friend ! Nothing is simple or normal with me. I’ll be okay. Ralph xox โค

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    • Yes, mum !! And I’ve got a clean hanky and I promise to stop chasing the girls *fingers crossed behind my back* Ralph xox โค

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      • Bangers and mash, or Toad in the Hole. Your choice. I heard on the news that the Australian government is evacuating some Aussies from Jerusalem. Maybe you can get a ride with them. oxo

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      • Wow ! I didn’t know that ! I don’t know if you want another “wingeing pom” in Oz. Anyway, I am leaving Jerusalem tomorrow night for Spain. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. I have to admit I have been a bit worried about you over there in Israel. Please take care and be safe.

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    • Hi LuAnn ๐Ÿ˜€ Please don’t be worried. I’m fine ! I’ve got a hard head if a missile lands on it ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for your concern. I do appreciate it. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hi YC ๐Ÿ˜€ Okay. My last 4 days will be spent here in Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. Well away from the action. Ralph ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Hi Amy ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes. I knew something would happen during my stay in Jerusalem especially as I am living in a hotel on top of the Mount of Olives. Thanks for your concern, but I’ll be okay. Ralph xox โค

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  3. Be careful, Ralph! I’m amazed people are out and about with all this happening, but I guess it’s a regular part of their lives. Hang in there. xox

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    • Hi Amy ๐Ÿ˜€ You are so right. Things like this are a normal way of life to the Palestinians and accept it. They don’t like it, but accept it. All the normal Palestinian wants is peace. I’m fine……a tourist. Ralph xox โค

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  4. That is surreal! Never mind the rockets and explosions….what’s for lunch? How strange that must seem. I started to worry when I saw the news a few days back. Then I remembered, it’s Ra. 8). Be safe my friend and enjoy your adventure.

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    • Hi Katie ๐Ÿ˜€ Lunch…..ummm…… lamb and rocket salad I think ! Yep, Ra is fine. I’m off to the Dead Sea today, probably have a float around then cover myself in mud. Want a hug then ? Ralph xox โค

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  5. It’s been this way for what seems like ever. When it wasn’t bombs it was catapults and spears and fire arrows. Must be a very important business, this war against Israel. Sheesh, I think it’s time to stop already. When I was there for graduate school, there was bombs all the time in the New City of Jerusalem. Just like you say, they go off, people even die, and life goes on. Americans and other westerners have no true comprehension of this unless they go. Glad you went my dear. Be safe.

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    • Hi my dear Sheri ๐Ÿ˜€
      Wow ! Your story and insight into the situation here in the Middle East should be read by all. I am only here for two weeks and have spoken to many humans of differing lives and views. And they all say the same. It needs a leader of great talent with views that all sides say, “Hey ! Yes, we can go with that !!”. I’m glad as well that I came here as I have done, seen, talked, made friends so much that when I go home I hope that I have made a good impression on many people’s hearts and minds. I have 3 more posts to write about my holiday then back to Spain. Thank you for your concern my dear friend. Ralph xox โค

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  6. Crikey, you’ve just morphed from Blogger Extraordinaire to Front-line reporter! Hope you’ve swapped your string vest for a bullet-proof one ๐Ÿ˜‰ Take care. Ralph, Stay safe. xox

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    • Hi Lottie ๐Ÿ˜€ Crikey ! Back to the studio ! No vests my friend as it’s too hot here. Thanks for your concern as others have been concerned. I really appreciate you caring my friend. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hi Beth ๐Ÿ˜€ I ain’t no farmer. If I was I would take cover in a hayrick with the milkmaid ๐Ÿ˜‰ lol . Ralph xox โค

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  7. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Ooohh,,,how exciting. I might have been frightened and jumped into your arms for protection. I’m glad you’re having such a marvelous vacation. You are so cool to share it with us. ๐Ÿ˜Ž Love and hugs. โค

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    • Hi Elizabeth ๐Ÿ˜€ My arms are always open, ready, for you to jump aboard. Cool ? It’s sweltering ! I am more like hot stuff ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love and hugs back. Ralph xox โค

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    • Hi Paulette ๐Ÿ˜€

      “ditto”, “yikes” and “wowsa” sound like a firm of lawyers.

      Thank you. I will stay safe ! Ralph xox โค

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    • Hi Rene ๐Ÿ˜€ I feel really safe with your hugs my friend. Keep them coming ! Ralph xox โค

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  8. Thank God you’re okay. What a time to visit Israel. I look forward to the post with details!

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    • Hi Liz ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thanks for caring. I do appreciate it ๐Ÿ˜€
      For me, it is a special and the right time to visit Israel and the West Bank.
      Next post with details. Maybe tomorrow.
      Love Ralph xox โค

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  9. Ralph… I’m glad everything goes back to normal. Kinda odd that continual rockets fired into Israel has become normal.

    I’ve read that Israel (IDF) actually warns Gaza before they strike Gaza (gives civilians a chance to run). However, the terrorist organization called Hamas that are firing the rockets into Israel are putting their bases within civilian homes, and now recently under the Shiva (sp?) Hospital. This is to prevent IDF from firing on them because innocent people (families) would be hurt. Hamas (Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Organization) is using ‘Human shields’.

    Israel is still giving support to Gaza (medical supplies, food, gas) and has their hospitals open for casualties. So i’ve learnt…

    It’s sad that so many people are being hurt, and no resolution, no talking. I’m glad you are safe.

    Thank-you for your posts Ralph!!!!
    Tara

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    • Hi Tara ๐Ÿ˜€
      Mega-wow !! Thanks for bringing me up to date. I haven’t a clue what’s going on as I remain a tourist as much as I can and only hear things from the locals’ point of view. I try to stay clear of politics and religion and just listen to what people say. I do respond by the way.
      I’m safe thank you my friend and my posts are posts ๐Ÿ˜€ Ralph xox โค

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  10. Oh me – oh my Ralph!
    Too close for comfort.
    So sad that stuff like this goes on in the world.
    Stay safe.
    And – enjoy the rest of your stay.
    xx Saludos y Abrazos xx

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    • Hi RoSy ๐Ÿ˜€ Tonight, Jerusalem could be any city in the Middle East just going about it’s normal routine and it IS sad that war is an inevitable norm in this satanic system. BUT we know what’s going to happen, don’t we ? ๐Ÿ˜€ Ralph xox โค

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  11. That had to be an strange experience because normally you see it happen at the TV and now you was there at that moment, wasn’t you a bit afraid ? I’m happy that you are back in Spain !!

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    • Hi Serach ๐Ÿ˜€ No, I wasn’t afraid. Quite the opposite. It was like watching a scene from a movie or a firework display. Ralph xox โค

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