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Despite the war, life in Tel Aviv seems to go on as usual --- traffic jams, lots of people in coffee houses and restaurants, stores and sidewalks full of activity, swimmers at the beach, business almost as usual. The other night I went out to a park where members of the folk and blues community were making music. About 100 performers took the stage during four hours and the war seemed almost forgotten. Toward the end a visitor from the Carmiel folk club announced that they would be having their regular performances the next night, and if anyone wanted to come up to Carmiel to perform there were some open spots on the program. Laughter. Carmiel is in the Galilee, and some rockets have hit there.

The other morning I walked down to Banana Beach, where a poster advertises a concert by Ziggy Marley, son of the great Bob Marley. Originally, the concert was scheduled for the Banana Beach branch up north in Achziv.

When this war started, it became clear that they could not hold a concert at Achziv, which is close to the border and not far from Nahariya, which has been hard hit by rockets. I wanted to find out if they had set an alternate location for the concert.

At Banana Beach in Tel Aviv, I found a man who seemed to be in charge. I asked if he knew what was happening about the Ziggy Marley concert. I told him I understood that the Achziv performance has been cancelled. In the span of a few seconds, he proceeded to demonstrate Three Qualities That Keep Israel Going.

They wouldn't cancel the concert, he told me. I told him I had heard that the concert had been cancelled. He repeated that they wouldn't cancel a concert. This is Quality #1: Denial.

Continuing, he said we are not a people who give in to threats. We are a strong people. We will not give in. This is Quality #2: Pride in the People.

I told him I was nonetheless pretty sure that there would not be a concert in Achziv on July 28. He told me not to worry. Maybe the crisis will be over in time for the concert, he said. Quality #3: Hope That Things Will Be All Right Anyway

Summing up Three Qualities That Keep Israel Going:
--- Denial
--- Pride in the People
--- Hope

---Joseph M. Hochstein, Tel Aviv

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Good for Israel. Your wonderful and God Bless Israel.

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