I noticed after prime minster Benjamin Netanyahu avoided making any compromises on land after pressure from Obama in recent meetings last week, the next day it rained here in Jerusalem. 🙂 No trivial thing when water is precious here and four or five months can go with absolutely no rain at all.
On Saturday I went walking around my neighbourhood, my house is close to an Arab town of Al Sawahira, as after looking on Google maps I can see my flat is right on the 1949 Armistice line. Yep you guessed it, I live next to the Palestinians. From a brief look around, there’s not been any signs of unrest here, seems people generally live together ok. When walking out and about in this street on Saturday, people seemed pretty friendly, perhaps a little surprised to see a foreigner there.
Looking out of my bedroom I can see in the distance this scrap metal yard in the distance. Standing 100 yards away, here in the foreground you can some fruit trees which don’t appear to be affected by any chemicals that’s quite likely to seep out of waste metal products. Recycling and caring about environmental impact isn’t a high priority here in the middle east.
Here you can see one of the minarets, these are Islamic prayer towers that give off this terrible noise that have often woken me up (like when I was in Jordan in December in a hotel right next to one) as this one is at least 1km away, its not too noisy.
On day 2 of my return to Jerusalem I was walking through the Peace Park Promenade which is 1.5km in the other direction, and the voices from the towers started up, the blackbirds which were singing nicely in the trees in the park suddenly stopped and standard making their frightened “ping-ping-ping” sound like when a cat comes near them. When you think that animals and birds usually get used to man made noise that regularly appears near them like trains, its funny that the Blackbird one of God’s most vocally talented birds doesn’t like the minarets either.