The People of Sderot Have Had It Up to Here
The people of Sderot have had it up to here with the empty promises of politicians. The IDF have refused to go in to Gaza in a major operation in response to the killing of Faina Slutzker yesterday by a Kassam rocket, so the parents have decided to strike the schools and are refusing to send their children this morning. (Read the article and weep - Peretz has even refused to continue the artillery fire. Fear of the world's reaction is stronger than fear of a Jewish woman or child being killed).
Most of the schools do not have the adequate protection they need from the rockets. The Red Dawn alarm system gives them at most a 20 second warning when a rocket falls. A kindergarden teacher asked on the radio this morning, "tell me, if I have a classroom of 30 tiny kids, how do I use those 20 seconds?" The parents union has turned to Arkady Gydamak (wealthy businessman) for financial help in evacuating the children from Sderot, even if it is just for a short vacation.
The whole situation is infuriating. When I made aliyah I didn't think I was moving to a country in which the leaders shrug their shoulders when their citizens are indiscriminately killed. The oft-heard excuse, very popular today, is that ground operations can't completely stop the rockets. I KNOW THAT. BUT IF YOU DON'T DO ANYTING THEN THE KASSAM ROCKETS CONTINUE FALLING ANYWAY. And, more importantly, the terrorists learn that you are weak and have lost your will to fight. Which leads them to continue killing. There is no choice in this part of the world between peace and war. There is a choice between small operations that reduce the power of the terrorists or large wars that do the same thing. Not acting at all is not a choice.