On Tues night around 3.30 am an alarm siren sounded, warning that we were under missile attack. Everyone knows that the rockets originate from Gaza, which is about 50 km away. Half asleep I dragged myself into the reinforced safe room (mamad) which is required in any new or renovated house or building in Israel. After a few minutes I heard the loud thud as the missile hit a target. It sounded close. I was relieved it wasn’t me and said a quick prayer for anyone who was hit, and soon fell back to sleep on the couch. I woke several times, but did not return to bed because they don’t sound an all-clear here (it may never be all-clear) and so I simply dozed on.
The following day the IAF counter-attacked Gaza, targeting ca. 20 Hamas facilities, including attack tunnels and also rocket launchers, if detected in time. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has been arguing in speeches that it will be necessary in order to stop these constant missile attacks that Israel deal a “death-blow” to Hamas in Gaza. The Israel Cabinet is meeting today to consider a major escalation. Everyone says that no-one wants war, but shall we continue to live all our lives under the threat of missile attack from these terrorist murderers.
The missile that had penetrated the Iron Dome system struck a house in a suburb of Beer Sheva called Ramot. It was extremely lucky that the family with three children had just seconds before entered their mamad when the rocket hit, essentially demolishing the house. The family was evacuated to Soroka Hospital in Beer Sheva, uninjured, but suffering from shock.
I remember as a child in the East End of London during WWII, taking shelter from German bombs. Sometimes in the shelter built for the purpose in the back-yard of our building, and sometimes under the kitchen table. Shall Jewish children always be condemned to shelter from the bombs and missiles of our enemies that are trying to kill us indiscriminately? Given that we have an exceptional armed force perhaps the time has come to stop this nonsense once and for all.