The numbers are
Fifty days. Four hundred Qassam rockets.
If Qassam rockets
continue to be fired off at this rate by the end of the year
Israel will have
been hit by almost 2,800 rockets.
Last year, 2007,
there were 1,150 rockets hitting
Gaza. This year, 2008, the projected number –
if the situation remains unchecked – will be three times this year’s total. That means 2,800
enemy rockets hurdling into
Those mind boggling
statistics refer just to rockets. What about the people? What about the
people who will be forced to run for shelter 2,800 times this year. What about the kids? Just think about it, a child born into
the city of Sderot within the past
six years has never known what it is not to run for shelter on a regular
basis. Has never known that meals
are not supposed to be interrupted by blasts. Has never known that other people sleep
peacefully at night. Cannot know
that bedwetting is not the norm, that shaking and difficulty concentrating are
not normal childhood behaviors. Has never known life without Qassams.
And what is being
done to secure the lives of these people on the brink – on the brink of society,
on the brink of sanity, on the brink of the country they call their own – secure
rooms are planned for their homes.
Some 3,150 rooms will
receive fortification in the near future inside homes that are within a one mile
with Gaza. Do not misunderstand, 3,150 homes will
not be fortified. A designated room
within each of 3,150 homes will be fortified. It’s called a safe room, a secure
room. It’s where you go when
everything around you is scary and unsafe, when your world is literally
crumbling down upon you.
In a briefing given
to the government by Brigadier General Yair Golan, head of the Home Front
Command, that same briefing that announced the 3,150 safe rooms, members of
were informed that since the year 2001, $138 million has been spent in the
defense of civilians living in the area around
Now do that
In seven years $138 million was spent. In other words, about $19 million
dollars per year has been spent to protect Israeli citizens – locked into their
homes because they have no place else to go - from Qassam rockets. Nineteen million dollars for the people in need is a
paltry sum. It is an embarrassingly
paltry sum. It is smaller than the
annual budget for Knesset travel.
decision makers incapable of defending
citizens? “Why,” as one general put
is “are Israeli children on the front line and not soldiers?” It is not the role of children to sit,
to play, to learn, to live in a bomb zone.
It is the role of the government to protect those young
The story of the
Siege of the Qassams upon
Israel is the
story of 21st century international diplomacy.
Prime Minister Ehud
Olmert and members of his government have been traveling the world talking to
world leaders trying to get the nod of approval for a sustained Israeli strike
against Hamas forces in Gaza.
wants to set the groundwork for the propaganda battle that will inevitably ensue
after an attack.
intentions are admirable – but time is being wasted. It is a pre-determined,
historically-validated given that most of the world will condemn
Israel even as
they tacitly acknowledge the moral right of a country to defend her
Why scurry around
the world begging for permission to do what you know must inevitably be done
with or without permission? Why
waste time, risk more lives, incur more injuries, ruin more lives? Just plan and implement multiple sets of
attacks, strategies and counter attacks.
Include media plans along with the military plans. Do it before more young boy lose their
legs. Do it now.
Do it before a
horrific disaster. Quite frankly,
that is my fear. I fear that
waiting for a sign – an awful, disastrous, costly sign – to legitimize an
Israeli attack against Hamas. I
fear that Israel
will wait until a Qassam hits a house and kills a family. I fear that
Israel will wait
until a terror attack from Gaza
successfully infiltrates into
people are murdered.
The founders of the
Jewish State were obsessed with the idea of taking charge. The idea of creating
predicated on moral and historical ideals.
One of those ideals was controlling the destiny of the Jewish people,
another was providing a safe refuge for Jews from around the world.
The Jews have
arrived. Protect them.