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Will They or Won’t They

September 2, 2013

Untitled #1 (a.k.a Vaka), Sigur Ros


I haven’t been able to take the tape off.

The tape I used to seal up the top empty slot of our small kitchen window, that is. The top glass blind has been missing since we moved in to this apartment nearly two years ago.

I sealed it up last Thursday evening after closing all our windows. Yuval was coming home late from a conference that day and in the morning he had advised I do so before going to sleep, “just in case”.

He was referring of course to the possibility of the U.S attacking Syria, and the chemical weapons Syria may use in retaliation. This has been a hot topic of conversation for the last few days everywhere, it seems.

Amidst all the talk about gas masks, we found out that the closest distribution center to us is in Haifa, about an hour and a half away. Since we wouldn’t be making it there in time before the weekend, we figured we should seal off all our windows at least.

At work, as they always do when a possible crisis is looming, they jokingly asked if I was taking off for Japan. “Please take me with you,” one of them had said, as usual.

The weekend passed without any attacks and the possibility is still looming. When we went to our favorite local Arab restaurant yesterday, we were surprised to see that the parking lot was nearly empty. This is usually an extremely popular restaurant (an Israeli security officer questioning me in the Paris airport even knew of it) and we are used to arriving in a lot packed with cars. But yesterday, one of our servers told us that most of the customers were local. Not many people were coming from afar in fear of something happening, in an area where Syria is so close.

Today at work my co-workers were also telling me that wherever they went during the weekend there were much less people than usual.

Since Thursday, we’ve opened our windows. We’ve even slept through the night with them wide open.

But the tape on the kitchen window? I still haven’t been able to peel that off.

Just in case.

I hope you’re staying safe, friends.

P.S. The song of the CD cover above is the first track on my favorite Sigur Ros album. Back when it came out and I was telling anyone that will listen how good it is, one of my friends asked me, “But have you seen the music video for one of the songs? It’s pretty fucked up.” The video features school children playing while wearing gas masks. Back then, I never thought a gas mask would be something I actually would have to consider acquiring in the future.

P.P.S. One strange thing in all of this is I haven’t heard a peep from my embassy. Usually I get a warning email from them before I even read the news, but this time around, not a word. It makes me want to think that there is no serious threat? Or is it just that they haven’t hit the “send” button yet, but have the email drafted and ready?



「Just in case(念のために)。」

「Just in case(念のため)」とはもちろんアメリカがシリアへ攻撃するかしないか、







Just in case(念のために)。

追伸1:上のCDカバーはバンドSigur Rosによる私が一番好きなアルバムの一曲目。


Much love,

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sammi permalink
    September 14, 2013 9:48 pm

    I have been thinking about you and worrying. Please stay safe and be careful. I am praying that this is all going to be over with and peace will rein. The optimist in me says it is not as bad as it seems, but I also know that I tend to believe in the best always happening and that everyone will be safe and secure. Keep blogging so that I know you are OK. And do go back to Japan if necessary, keeping you and Yuval safe! But I also love that you are going out and enjoying life as you can. I want the world to be peaceful, and the sky to always be blue. Know we are thinking of you with love. Hugs to you both! (Bring Yuval to the US so we can meet him!)

    • September 16, 2013 5:26 am

      Hi Sammi, Thank you for your concern and warm thoughts! We are OK. If it weren’t for the news we wouldn’t even know our neighboring country was in such a terrible situation. It is peaceful inside the kibbutz. I also really hope that it will all be over soon but quite honestly after living in Israel I am not as optimistic nor a peace believer as I used to be. But I still have to hope that things will improve, even if by small measures. I really wish both Yuval and I can visit! :)
      xo Kaori

  2. Sammi permalink
    September 19, 2013 1:56 pm

    We are working on getting our house ready to sell so we can move to something smaller, but closer to the beach. If you make it out to visit maybe we will be settled in a nice little place with a great view!
    I am glad to know you are as safe as possible there. I think the world might be getting crazier all the time, but I still have hope for more peace at some point. Perhaps the younger generations will figure this out! Or we need more women running the world? Mom’s would set it straight! ;)
    Keep safe and give hugs to all! Tell your family I said hello too!

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