An Unquiet Sabbatical

Forty-eight hours after I arrived here to conduct research, this gateway city to Israel's Negev Desert has been hit with rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. Although other areas nearer to the strip have been shelled regularly since Israel evacuated Gaza three and a half years ago, this is the first time in the six decades following the creation of the Jewish state that Beersheba itself — 10 miles from the West Bank and 25 miles from the Gaza Strip — has been hit by