Today we were rocked with news of a huge catastrophe in Eilat (a city at the southernmost point of the country). A huge tourist bus tumbled into a ravine killing 25 Russian travel agents and injuring many more. The rumors on the street is that there were 2 busses involved, and they were each trying to reach the checkpoint first. Its even on record now for the deadliest traffic accident in Israel’s history.
While this is horribly tragic, what I find interesting is that is became such a huge piece of news. I hate to say it, but people die from bombs and gunfire everyday near/on the borders here. Unfortunately, its gotten to the point where this has become the norm, and hearing about this type of tragedy has not become ‘top news’. I am deeply saddened by the news of this bus crash, of course, but at the same time I can’t help but wonder why we are becoming numb to what is happening to the people loosing their lives in Gaza/the West Bank. When will we recognize that one life is just as precious as 50 others.