As you might have heard, another attack occurred in Jerusalem today, with a resident of East Jerusalem using a tractor as a weapon of mass destruction. The tragic irony of using a tool intended for construction purposes as an instrument of terror is not lost on anyone.
And as usual, only a few hours separated me from the awful events. Drove past with my daughter only few hours before. Was there yesterday. Barack Obama is there tonight, Gordon Brown was there yesterday. Literally at the crossroads of the [Western] world.
How do we in Jerusalem carry on? Well, part of us turns off. Grows numb. We built up these ways of coping with almost constant horror during the years 2001-2004, when barely a week went by without someone blowing themselves up, and yet we had lives to lead. But that is not all--if it was I and my family would have left here long ago.
There is also still a part of us that believes in a better tomorrow. And that somehow, in some way, we can help contribute to bringing that better tomorrow closer, making it a reality.
For now, let us pray that the dozens of innocent hurt in todays attack enjoy a speedy recovery, as best as science will allow (already a report that one person lost his leg when his car was crushed). And pray as well for a better tomorrow. And tomorrow morning, after a few hours of fitful sleep, may we have the strength to do something to make it a better day than today.