Jews everywhere should hang our heads in shame, that we let this go on. Israel was supposed to be the one place in the world where we would be safe, where our safety could be assumed. What kind of government neglects its foremost obligation to protect the people? It is despicable. A rocket "lands" next to a school bus? A man is killed for being a Jew standing in his garden? A boy's leg is "lost"? Gunmen walk into a Jerusalem yeshiva and mow down our boys when they have hardly begun their lives?
And now a 70-year-old woman has been killed on a moshav. Shame on us all.
(IsraelNN.com) A 70-year-old woman was killed early Monday evening when Palestinian Authority terrorists fired a rocket into the western Negev community she was visiting. Her name has yet to be released.
The enemy rocket slammed into the residential area of Moshav Yesha, in the Negev's Eshkol region, around 6:00 pm.
[Wikipedia: Yesha is an agricultural moshav in Hevel Shalom, Southern District of Israel (in the Negev), Israel. It was established in 1957 by Jews who were expelled from Egypt in the wake of the 1956 Sinai Campaign, though this population eventually left, and was replaced by new settlers. The population is about 170 people, who work 2,000 dunams (2 km²). Moshav Yesha has been subject to several Kassam rocket attacks launched from the Gaza Strip.]
It landed in close proximity to the victim, killing her almost instantly. She was in the community with her son, visiting a friend. When the Red Alert siren went off, the visitors took refuge in a nearby home, but for a reason that is still not clear, the woman who was killed was standing outside the building when the rocket landed.
A paramedic who was on the scene said that they got ready to move the minute the Red Alert was sounded. Unfortunately, he said, there was nothing for medics to do but find the woman's son in the house and give him the tragic news.
Sounding furious and frustrated shortly after the Kassam rocket attack, Eshkol Regional Council Mayor Chaim Yellin told reporters, "Why are you interested in what's going on here only now? We are at war, period! We have been at war for years. And the government does nothing!"
"Yesterday there also could have been tragic results when the rocket landed next to a school bus," Yellin said, referring to a near-miss when Arabs in Gaza attacked Negev communities on Sunday afternoon.
Gaza terrorists have continued to fire rockets at Jewish communities in the Negev throughout the day Monday, despite their request for a ceasefire. Gaza terrorists fired two rockets at Israeli communities in the western Negev on Monday afternoon. The rockets appeared to have beeen aimed at the Erez Crossing. Over the Sabbath and Sunday, terrorists fired dozens of rockets, as well, taking the life of a resident of Kfar Aza. At least two other people were injured in the barrages.
Do you know what the future of Israel looks like? People with their heads [in the wrong place] will tell you it looks like this:
But that's a dream, a PR campaign, a cartoon. In reality, our children aren't prancing about above ground, they're in bomb shelters in Sderot. Our children from Gush Katif are not stupid; they know they were betrayed and expelled by their own people; they are distraught. And our children in Judea and Samaria are starting to fear their own expulsion. We have real children, not cartoon children. We have real children and we continue to allow them to live at risk of life and limb. It is a shondeh.
On the right - 14-year-old Asael Shabbo ... who lost his mother and three siblings in a barbaric terrorist attack on his home some seven years ago. He also lost his right leg in the attack. He is encouraging Rami and Osher Tuito from Sderot, and raising their spirits. The two Tuito brothers were severely injured in a recent Kassam attack on Sderot - Osher ( the little boy in the middle) also lost a leg.
I got the photo from a post by Mal Ohana at ConceptWizard. She writes that
"all the military might in the world can't give these kids their legs back. For the sake of all the children in the region, isn't it about time we started making peace?"
I am a big fan of ConceptWizard and greatly appreciate the work of Mal and Udi Ohana. But I respectfully disagree with that perspective. I think the way we have been "making peace" is exactly what has allowed for these boys to be maimed, and others killed. All the military might that Israel has could be used to protect and defend, so that this doesn't happen again, to any other Israeli.
I think the State of Israel has every right, and thousands of reasons (only three are shown in the photo), to turn the Jew-free Gaza strip into a parking lot. Maybe then the Arabs would think twice before blowing themselves up among us or launching rockets at our yards and school buses, our nurseries and streets, our bedrooms and sidewalks. And maybe, if Gaza would be a parking lot, maybe then the Arabs too would want peace, the same as we do.
I am sick to death of blogging one terrorist attack after another, of listing names and ages and the numbers of children and grandchildren left behind. I am sick to death of lighting memorial candles. I am sick to death of all this death. Sixty years we've been fighting, and even long before that. I say we should go ahead and defeat the enemy. I don't understand what we're waiting for.
People seem to think that you can achieve "peace" with words and then the attacks will somehow magically come to a stop. But it seems to me that it works the other way around: When they stop killing us, when they are afraid to even try to kill us, that will BE PEACE.
And the sooner, the better.