So the Hamas border protesters chose the wrong day to burn tires.
Another warm day brought light northeasterly winds, and a fairly stable boundary layer. This combined (I believe) to push the smoke back over Gaza.
However, winds will be switching the the west as a series of weak storm pass through our area through mid-week. Each could bring some showers, and even some measurable rain. However, the mid-week storm is now forecast to be weaker than originally thought -- so these are more "nuisance" rains, rather than rain that could bring a real soaking.
Still, the showers could reduce crowds at the border fence.
It is interesting to note that the West Bank Palestinians insist that Israel withdraw to the old 1948 border, which was the border up until the 1967 War, which Israel won -- conquering more area to build new towns and adding a layer of protection in the Jordan Valley and Golan. However, everyone knows that they say "old-borders" when they really mean no borders. That's why they insist that the descendants of people who left during the first war return to homes they lost in the war of 1947-48.
Until now, you might have thought that the International community meant -- in contrast - that Israel's borders were those that the Palestinians don't really accept. They say that everything outside the 1948 border is occupied territory, implying that everything within is not.
But, then low and behold we see that's not even true. When Israel defends itself from border incursions during the demonstrations along the Gaza fence, it's being told to act "proportionally, " which really means not at all. In other words, one might wonder if the international community (like the EU and Britain) really recognize Israel within any borders. Are we really suppose to just let the Gazan Palestinians break down the fence and move in mass over the border?
Apparently, the answer is yes. I hope that we've learned an important lesson. When push comes to shove, politics trumps all -- even so-called international law, and it would be better politics for them if we simply disappeared.
Have a good week,