Alon Farago used to roam the streets of his Israeli hometown of Haifa most evenings to meet and talk with friends.
Now he says it is no fun to walk the streets alone.Ever since Saddam Hussein began sending Scud missiles into Israel, the evenings are really different than they used to be, Farago said. "Everything closes up and everyone stays home."
Farago is a 25-year-old student at Wizo art school, where he is studying photography. His father, Uri Farago, is teaching at Brigham Young University as a visiting professor of sociology from Haifa University.
The elder Farago said, "There is a high solidarity in Israeli society. Everyone is almost a part of everyone else's family."
Though he is teaching in the United States, Farago said he worries about his son and other family members.
All Israelis feel a solidarity with their countrymen even though they may not be in Israel, he said.
Alon Farago said the elderly are probably more fearfulthan other age groups in Israel. The younger Farago, who volunteered to help in a home for the elderly where his grandmother was living, said the first Scud missile attack was especially difficult.
"The first missile attack was a big mess and some of the older people panicked," he said. But they are getting used to the sirens.
He said that one woman told him about the suffering she had gone through in Europe during the Holocaust and wondered why they had to go through the same things again.
"Some of the older people refused to put on their gas masks," he said. The masks bring back harsh memories for them. But others are very brave and even leave their masks to look for others to comfort, Alon Farago said.
His father said the situation brings back a lot of bad memories that these people are trying to forget, so their reactions are understandable.
But many Israelis are trying to ignore as much as they can and go on with their everyday activities.
"I try not to listen to the news every hour," Alon Farago said. Sometimes it is important not to think about the conflict.
He said he had served in the Israeli military in Lebanon, but Israelies are not used to this type of conflict.
"In some ways I think the Israeli Air Force could do a better job than the U.S. Air Force," he said. He said the Israeli military is not so worried about the number of enemy casualties.
But he also believes the United States and the allies are doing all they can and, with Israel's help, Saddam will be beaten.
Alon Farago said he thinks he should be afraid of what is happening but feels the fight against Saddam is a good cause.