The wind is starting to blow in Ma'aleh Levona and the wind of change is coming over the land. The issue is what is the change, and how is it being brought about?
Before we explore this all it is necessary to do two things: one is to note when the serious fighting with HizbAllah began; the second is to return to a seemingly stale story out of Samaria from early July.
The fighting in the north began exactly three weeks before the fast of Tish'a B'Av. This is also a fast day, Yud Zayin Tammuz (17th of Tammuz) albeit a "half fast," the kind of fast the Moslems modelled the Ramadan fast on. This fast day remembers when the Babylonians broke into the city walls 2,500 years ago before destroying the Temple on the 9th of Av. This period marks the beginning of what is known as "the three weeks" of mourning the loss of Jerusalem and various restrictions on behavior are imposed progressively during it, all leading to the full fast on 9 Av.
In addition, one is supposed to remember and seek forgiveness for errors committed in the past. An example of this would have been for government leaders to admit openly that the expulsion of Jews from Gush Qatif a year ago was wrong, along with the withdrawal from southern Lebanon six years ago. We are, after all, paying for those acts in blood now, and were paying for them then in July.
This did not occur. Indeed the opposite happened. Mr. Olmert, who holds the title prime minister here, insisted several times that the actions of expelling Jews from Gush Qatif was the right thing to do. Indeed, in speaking with several expellees from Gush Qatif, Mr. Olmert was quoted saying, "I just came from speaking with the parents of the pilot who was killed in the Israel Air Force helicopter crash a few days ago. Their son we sent not [on a mission of] settlement, and neither did he come back with compensation; he came back in a coffin!" The other Ehud, Ehud Barak, who oversaw the withdrawal (or sudden flight) of Israeli troops from southern Lebanon six years ago also insisted that he had been right. So much for sackcloth and ashes.