Tel Aviv Beloved oasis outraged by rocket fire

center_img Associated PressTEL AVIV, Israel (AP) – Leehee Goldenberg was having lunch at an outdoor cafe in Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest metropolis, when an air-raid siren wailed. She and other diners knew the drill: They dashed inside the coffee shop and kept away from the windows. Then, from a distance, came the boom. Minutes later, everyone was back outdoors, chatting loudly.“It’s kind of unbelievable,” said Goldenberg, a 31-year-old lawyer. “In Tel Aviv we always feel like we live in a different world.” Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home The scenes of lively normalcy in Tel Aviv were surprising to foreigners and recent immigrants. On trendy Rothschild Boulevard, home to many of the boxy 1930s Bauhaus-style buildings that earned the city a rare UNESCO designation as a World Heritage Site, stores and shops were bustling.“I come from a quiet country, and yesterday I heard sirens and had to run to a shelter for the first time in my life,” said Vivian Hamui, 21, who moved from Panama five months ago to study here. “I am still in shock at how Israelis take it _ look, that guy is just drinking coffee, that one is playing his guitar.”____Heller reported from Jerusalem. Follow him on Twitter (at)aronhellerap(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) For Israelis, the targeting of Tel Aviv is a direct puncture of the bubble of normalcy they have built around the city. Whenever it occurs, the outrage expressed in the media and on the street is palpable, as if what is acceptable in the southern desert or even in Jerusalem is inconceivable in a place so painstakingly trying to be “normal.”The freewheeling seaside oasis has long served as an escape from the troubles of everyday Israel. But Israel’s financial and cultural center is also something more: a symbolic reflection of Israelis’ deep-rooted need to feel like the prosperous and progressive place many of the early Zionist founders hoped the country would become. Thanks partly to its vibrant nightlife and balmy climate, it’s also developed an international reputation as a fun place to visit. In a country where the religious population is growing, the city is overwhelmingly secular. And its tech industry is known as a hub of innovative companies on a world-beating scale.It is this notion of preciousness that created the widespread sense that the question of whether or not Israel escalates its offensive may actually rest on whether Hamas dares target the city. Men’s health affects baby’s health too 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img

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