Here’s a travel tip for anyone visiting Israel: do not leave your baggage unattended. When you remember it, and return to collect it, you run the risk of seeing something like this:
I took the picture from our balcony tonight, as the police and the bomb squad were called in to deal with an unattended sports bag, left in a local playground area. There was no messing about. The authorities sealed the area and sent in the robot. The robot did its job, opened the bag, and exposed some poor bastard’s dirty, unwashed clothing for all the world to see. On one level, it’s funny. On another, it’s a wee reminder of what security means on a day to day basis.