Tonight is the start of Yom HaZikaron, when Israel remembers those who have fallen in its wars for survival. (And let’s not kid ourselves, regardless of what mainstream western media says to the contrary: Israel’s wars have been about survival, not some colonial project.) By the count given in today’s Israel HaYom newspaper – pictured below – there have been 23,169.
And, as always, I will be trying to get my head round the change in focus and feeling when, 24 hours later, we move from Yom HaZikaron to Yom Haatzmaut (Independence Day). From the depths of despair to the heights of celebration.
Now, it’s time to prepare for some introspection and give thought – and thanks – to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.