A Soldier's Mother..
20 February '13..
Do you live in a dangerous place?
I don't. I honestly don't. People think I do and sometimes warn me to be careful, but it's really silly. If they only knew...
Years ago, while traveling from a client's office in Netanya back home to Maale Adumim, a colleague wished me a safe trip and warned, "be careful driving home."
I looked at him and remembered that he lived in Tel Aviv and worked there in Netanya. This was back in 2001 - 2002 when things were exploding regularly in Israel, especially in those two cities. I was astounded that he thought to warn me when I felt, if anything, I should be warning him. With a smile, I answered, "I'll be fine as soon as I get out of Netanya."
The next week, a bomb exploded in Netanya and I wasn't smiling anymore as I called to make sure all my friends were safe. But the memory remains - even 10 years later.
A few days ago, I noticed a sign just to the right as I pass the checkpoint. There is a turn off there - that bypasses the checkpoint into Jerusalem.
It warns people, "This road leads to Palestinian village. The entrance for Israeli citizens is dangerous."