The sound of sirens is shaping daily life in Haifa. Israel’s third largest city is a favoured target of Hizbollah. Rocketfire is relentless. The casualty toll in Israel is a fraction of the numbers in Lebanon. Over 30 Israelis have been killed compared to at least 345 dead over the border. But that does nothing to calm nerves. “This won’t stop, not if we get another generation filled with hatred and bloodlust,” said one cafe owner.
“But you were so optimistic?” asked a reporter. “That is right, I still am,” he replied. “I still hope that there will be an end to this.” Widely seen as a model of how Jews and Arabs can live in harmony, Haifa is now at the front line of violence in the Middle East.