Reporter's Notebook: Tel Aviv not worried about rockets

In every military operation, TA always seems a bubble where the reality of Israel’s conflicts are far, far away.

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November 15, 2012 01:47
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Tel Aviv 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/NIR ELIAS)

 
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Throughout every military operation Tel Aviv always seems a bubble where the reality of Israel’s conflicts are far, far way and “the South” is almost like the other side of the world.

It’s no different tonight.

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Everyone I speak to says they are absolutely not worried about rockets falling on Tel Aviv. They say Hamas will never be able to reach the city.

My favorite Italian restaurant on Rothschild Boulevard is full tonight, as usual. The hostess tells me she sees no change: No one canceled his reservations and many even walked in without one.

“I didn’t even know about the situation until I got to work and one of the waiters told me,” she said, “we are in quite a bubble.”

“Bubble” is a word I hear often around here. Tel Aviv is a bubble. A Sderot resident said on television earlier that her niece was crying because no one came to her birthday party in light of what is happening.

Meanwhile, a friend of mine just left for one in the city and the only thing she was worried about was whether her pants matched the jacket she had planned on wearing.

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Tel Aviv Police spokesman Sammy Dzovs said officers are posted tonight at public places with particularly high concentrations of people in the city – not only busy streets, but also places where crowds are expected to congregate.

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He added that, just like the rest of the authorities, the Tel Aviv police is on alert, but they are not worried about anything happening.

Giulia Gazzelloni, from Rome, arrived in Israel just a few days ago on a two-week trip. I spoke to her earlier this evening about the situation.

She told me that she was scared of leaving her friend’s house, where she is staying.

She had heard things in the media and wasn’t sure whether she should go out for dinner.

“But then I went out and everyone seemed relaxed, so I feel much better, quite safe,” Gazzelloni said on the phone, while eating her pesto lasagna at a Dizengoff Street restaurant. “My friends and family are very worried though, they’re writing me on Facebook,” she added.

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