Without being too specific, let me describe to you where I live when I am in Israel, and where I am sitting as I write this blog right now.
My home is in south Ashdod–in fact, until about ten years ago, it was the southernmost house in Ashdod. Because of its height, the house (after the main construction was finished but before we lived in it) was used by IDF spotters trying to deter attacks on Israel from the sea.
On May 30, 1990, an IDF team on the roof of my study spotted terrorists offloading a dinghy from a ship out at sea and dispatched troops to the projected landing site on Nitzanim Beach (between Ashdod and Ashkelon). In the subsequent firefight, four of the terrorists were killed, and twelve were taken prisoner.
We also happen to be in the direct take-off and landing pattern for Israel’s largest air force base in the south, Tel Nof. At all hours of the day and night (as I have noted in previous blogs), the roar of F-15s and F-16s overhead rattles our windows and doors. The planes taking off either bank a hard left to Gaza, go straight out over the Mediterranean, or veer right to the north. During the 2006 Lebanese incursion to recover IDF soldiers kidnapped by Hezbollah, the planes were so heavily loaded with ordinance that they could barely clear our house–and we could read the markings on the missiles and bombs they were carrying.
You might think that we would find this disturbing, but just the opposite; when you live in a perpetual war zone, these jets are extremely comforting.
Which brings me to this morning. Another squadron has just screamed over my house on the way to Gaza. More Qassams were fired by Hamas from Gaza last night striking southern Israel. These follow three Qassams that were fired four nights ago that hit the Ashkelon beach area (about 7 miles south of my position).
I don’t know where you live, but I doubt that you have to worry about being struck by rockets today or tonight. And yet the world doesn’t seem to care that the citizens of southern Israel have to live in perpetual terror–waiting for the next bomb alert siren to go off so they can run to their bomb shelter.
So the next time you hear about Israel attacking Hamas in Gaza, think about the reason why.
Addenda to yesterday’s blog:
1. As I predicted, extreme left-wing group Gush Shalom immediately filed a brief at the Israel Supreme Court challenging the new anti-boycott law. Israel Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran (an Israeli Arab) gave the government 60 days to answer the complaint.
2. The same member of Israel Betainu that I mentioned in the blog yesterday as shouting at Ahmed Tibi announced that he was filing suit against Tibi’s party (the United Arab List) for supporting and encouraging boycotts.