Reporters on the Job
• Tel Aviv Chatter About Rockets: This week, Hamas militants have demonstrated an ability to fire rockets further from Gaza than ever before. Correspondent Joshua Mitnick, who resides in Tel Aviv, says that has clearly unnerved some residents of the Israeli coastal city 40 miles from the Gaza border (see story).
During the 2006 war in Lebanon with Hezbollah, residents of Tel Aviv with were derided by their countrymen for continuing to patronize cafes and sun themselves on the beach while Israelis closer to the front lines sat in bomb shelters.
In recent days, Josh says that "the one break that I have from reporting are my nightly constitutional walks to the local park with my dog, Zack, where a local group of dog owners congregate to socialize about their canines and sometimes about politics."
News that Hamas rockets hit a city only a half an hour drive south spurred defiance among some of the dog owners, says Josh. "Dismissive of the threat of the longer-range Katyusha rockets coming from Gaza, one owner told me, 'We've survived Saddam's scuds – they destroyed entire buildings,' a reference to the 1991 Gulf War.
Others reacted with dark humor: "When one dog owner searched in the darkness to scoop up some droppings," says Josh, "a friend advised him to 'check according to the range of fire.' "
– David Clark Scott