Wednesday, May 07, 2008

7-May-08: Remembrance

The 11 o'clock Remembrance Day siren has just completed its two-minute wail. Time to remind ourselves what it signifies...

Security (says Haaretz this morning) has been stepped up in recent days following an increase in intelligence warnings of terrorist plans to carry out attacks during the Independence Day holiday. The number of specific warnings has risen to 11, from seven two weeks ago according to un-named security sources. Those warnings have led the Shin Bet security service and the Israel Defense Forces to raise their levels of preparedness.

In parallel to the specific threats, there are dozens more warnings that intelligence assessments call "general".

Remembering, in this part of the world, is an indispensable part of the daily routine.

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