Red South

Southern Israel has always been very special to me. No, I don’t talk about the Negev but rather about the Gaza Strip. Well maybe southern to Tel Aviv is a proper description. My dad who works in Asdod, had taken us (before quarantine) to tour around the city and discover its best restaurants. There are so many other great places at the south. It has always been clear to me that my military service will be next to the Gaza Strip. This makes everything perfect.

Not really.

In times of emergency, the south is attacked by the rockets from Gaza and the red alert is sounded all over the area. For many kids, waking up to this sound is pretty normal and some people spend longer time in shelters rather than their own rooms. Now, that I am serving in the army, I can identify with the southern citizens. I have been there. I now know what it is like to spend days worrying about the future of my family and friends and to care for those who need more support during these difficult times.

This, however, is not what the south is all about. There are beautiful sides to it too. Every year, around February all the way to May, the forests in southern Israel bloom with red. The Anemones! Not only the show the beauty of this controversial part of Israel, but also they bring joy to the entire Israeli population! Families from places as far as Metula, come witness the beauty of the Anemones.

This is such a special occasion to me. After getting the second vaccine for Covid, I made my friends go and watch the blooming of these amazing flowers with me. Reluctantly, they agreed, and even though there were not a lot of Anemones at this time of the year, I couldn’t be happier.

Not only I enjoyed the breathtaking bloom and the story behind the Anemones, but also the company of my best friends, who have already become family.

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