My heartfelt prayers and concern goes out to those effected by yesterday's sad occurrences in Boston.
America will find out who was behind this act, however long it may take.
Even here in Israel, where security is a way of life, potential for such things happening is there – and I encourage America's great citizens to keep an eye out, all the time and everywhere, for suspicious activities.
This was planned, and the lesson to learn is that observing awkward things and reporting them to the authorities can potentially prevented an event like this from happening with all it's suffering and shock.
Today is Israel's 65th Day of Independence.
The weather here is not what it was suppose to be – it turned cold and windy with the possibility of showers!
That hasn't entirely dampened Israeli's knack to get out and bar-b-que – people are still in the parks.
Today the country celebrates it's freedom.
It also celebrates the building of a country, with institutions, an economy – sciences, education, and of course culture.
It is a remarkable accomplishment in a region that sometimes seems stuck in time.
The people here have much to be proud of, much has been accomplished – and more is on the way.
There are also things to work on – but today is a time to be with family and friends and enjoy – enjoy the company and dwelling of a country rich in history and potential.
Middle East Correspondent