By Noam Bedein ,
November 19, 2007
At a time when people think that nothing will come of the planned summit in Annapolis, in Sderot and the Jewish communities of the Western Negev, the implications of the Annapolis have already been felt. Since November 1st, 2007 until today, according to the IDF spokesman, 110 Kassam rockets and mortars have been launched from
180,000 Israelis -- including Ashkelon, Sderot, Netivot, and over 20 kibbutzim and Moshavim, now live under the daily bombardment of kasssam missiles fired from Gaza, while Egypt has facilitated the flow of hundreds of thousands of weapons, Ammunition since Israel's disengagement in August 2005, whole allowing Hamas to build a well trained organized army which numbers 13,000 fighters, many having had special training in Iran.
At the same time, thousands of Katyusha rockets are ready to be launched towards
So, with the IDF trying to avoid civilian casualties, a senior Israel Air Force Commander has confirmed that the IDF has hit only three percent of the rocket launchers.
The IDF is not even trying to kill or to capture the
This non-response policy represents a continuation of US Secretary of State Rice's order to
Meanwhile, an irony not lost on the residents of Sderot and the Western Negev is that the planned Annapolis summit is slated for the 26th and 27th of November, the same date that launched the American brokered cease fire between Gaza and Israel that lasted until the 15th of May, during which time more than 300 Gaza missiles were launched against Israel. The American ambassador to
"Physical damage you are able to see. The scar in the heart -- that's what you cannot see." Osnat Ben Haim told me that on the day that her house was struck by a direct hit, when she describing how her six year old son was having a sandwich in the kitchen only two minutes before the Kassam exploded in her kitchen. The boy was not killed, but he has been traumatized.
Who would believe that, in the State of Israel marking 60 years, fathers would need to whisper the 'Kiddush', the blessing on the wine, so they'll be able to hear the siren go off and so flee the house in 15 seconds. So much for being a free people in our own country, as our national anthem proclaims.
34 years ago this week,
How does it feel, after fifteen months in Sderot, to experience 2000 Kassam rockets fired from
The town is totally dependent on an electrical alarm system that (usually) allows them 15 seconds to run for their lives. It was rendered totally helpless when a kassam rocket knocked out the town's electricity, and the missiles began to strike without any alarm whatsoever.
Shelters are now scattered all over Sderot, in the public area and at bus stops, market places, libraries, soccer fields, schools, kindergartens, and playgrounds.
I wake up in the middle of the night, convinced I just heard the siren. Breathing softly while the heart keeps on pounding, counting down quietly in my mind, listening to the chilling silence waiting to hear the whistle, and once heard, a few seconds later an explosion of the rocket -- listening for the intensity of the nature of the explosion, to determine if it fell in the town or outside of it.
Every time you hear a whistle, you are sure that a rocket is coming right at you....
In the past weeks, we have witnessed a rocket strike near by a special ed school, while children were in daycare. A rocket landed in an elderly man's back yard. We watch as he is evacuated, mumbling and sobbing. A rocket slams into the neighborhood of people from the
The Shushan family has been sleeping together in their living room for the past year with their five children, because they don't have enough time to run down the stairs to the shelter.
In the words of MK Shai Hermesh, Kfar Gaza, September 2007: "It's a matter of time until a missile hits a direct hit into a classroom or family -- and that's going to light the whole entire fire in the
The chief of commander of the Israeli Air force has said: "Our real power and strength is the Moral strength." While Rice briefs the media that the Palestinians want their dignity, that is precisely what has been robbed from the Jewish communities of the
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