29 January 2008

The Storm

We're having quite the storm here.
Ok, I know what you're thinking. "You live on the Mediterranean, in the Middle East! What kind of serious storm could you possibly have?"
This isn't your Midwestern U.S. tornado, it's true, or your Florida hurricane. It doesn't storm here very often, but when it does, you'd better run for cover.
It's not just the wind, it's the fierce, biting, severely blowing wind. Add to that the big, fat rain we get here, and the massive lightning and thunder at 9 in the morning while you're on your way walking to work because you missed the bus.
The cold wouldn't be so bad anywhere else, except that because we are in the Eastern Mediterranean, with sweltering, disgusting summers and humidity to boot, the concept of central heating does not exist. Oh, of course people know about it, but those people live in multi-million dollar homes in Herzliya Pituach and Caesarea and go on yacht trips throughout the Mediterranean and spend weekends in Paris.
I tried to switch on a little heater at work so that I wouldn't have to sit there in my winter coat, but that tiny little heater blew the breaker for the entire office. Oops! Wasn't me!
The storm is supposed to clear up this weekend, hopefully.
There is another storm, however, that's gripping the country, and this one doesn't mean snow in Jerusalem.
This storm is the release today (Wednesday 5pm) of the Winograd report, which is a report on the government's and military's actions/inactions/failures/successes during the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006. The storm is that most people it seems believe that the current government (which was in power then) basically failed in every way and that the prime minister, Ehud Olmert, should be forced to resign. This report could mean the end of the government. I for one would be in favor of having a new prime minister - Tzipi Livni, for example (the current foreign minister) - but we'll have to wait and see what happens.
Until then, just trying to stay warm and dry.

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