Thursday, September 9, 2010

In the news...

This week has been met with more missiles coming into Israel. Luckily (or perhaps God's divine hand of protection) no one was hit but there was at least one close call:

"Mortar shell hits near school 30 minutes before class"

A mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning landed near several childrens' school buildings in a Sha'ar Hanegev regional council kibbutz, some 30 minutes prior to the students' scheduled arrival.

One of the buildings sustained light damage, and no injuries were reported. The school building impacted by the mortar was reinforced only at the roof and not at the side walls, like other protected buildings in the area.

This was followed by another attempt:

"Kassam rocket lands in Negev"

A kassam rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed in open fields in the western Negev Tuesday morning.

The rocket attack comes after a mortar shell landed near several childrens' school buildings on Wednesday in a Sha'ar Hanegev regional council kibbutz, some 30 minutes prior to the students' scheduled arrival.

This current round of such missile launches is probably a response to the peace talks and more may be on the way.
This is life in Israel these days. Mortars launched into schools intended to cause bloodshed from innocent children and the world yawns.

More on these missile attacks:

"Gaza Terror Attack on Israeli Kibbutz Heralds Jewish New Year"

Gaza terrorists launched a mortar attack on children and their parents in southern Israel Wednesday, just hours before the start of Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year.

One mortar exploded close to several kindergarten buildings in a Negev kibbutz, just half an hour before the children were set to arrive.

Miraculously, the shell landed between two of the buildings, according to one of the residents, who noted that things “could have ended very differently.”

Yenina, one of the mothers who brought her son to school not long after the attack explained, “We are continuing as usual – we have no other choice. It's a holiday today. People's faces look a lot less happy today, but the buildings are protected and parents are bringing their children to school.

“This is the most frightening aspect of the situation, although in actuality, rockets can land anywhere. What's important to note is that it is not quiet here. Almost every day a mortar or Kassam rocket lands. It happens all the time.”

Overnight, the western Negev was also struck by a Kassam rocket attack launched by terrorists. Those residents of Sderot and the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council district who were not cooking and otherwise preparing for the holiday, were rudely awakened by the scream of the Color Red air raid siren at about 2:00 a.m. Within 15 seconds, at least one rocket exploded in the area, but did not cause damage, and no one was wounded in the attack.

Local residents told Israel National News that attacks from Gaza have sharply escalated following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's trip to Washington D.C. for direct talks with Palestinian Authority Chairman and Fatah Leader Mahmoud Abbas.

While these attacks go mostly ignored by our media, they certainly aren't a trivial matter for those who must live under the threat on a daily basis. Imagine having the threat of being hit by an incoming missile while on the way to taking your child to school, or perhaps on the way to church. It is almost unimaginable, yet this is what many Israeli's face every day.

Below is a very insightful and interesting commentary while we're on the topic:

"Alice in Israeland"

The article details some very interesting personal stories about daily life in Israel; stories such as this:

I also never wrote about the time my roommate sat in our living room crying, recounting the incidents in Bat Ayin - a hippie community where her brother lives. A toddler had been taken and killed by Arabs, chopped to pieces with an ax. Another man had gone into the forest for hitbodedut (speaking to G-d in your own words) and never came back. They were murdered, stam (Just like that). I didn't know what to say, as she sat there attempting to somehow reconcile her belief that surely all people deep down want peace with the reality that there are (and I don't find it an exaggeration to say) evil people mired in hatred who target and murder innocent civilians. Four or five year-old babies, no less.

We then reach the conclusions:

Yet while here, I feel safe. Is it a false sense of security? I walk around fearlessly. I travel from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv. I splash in the Kinneret. I ride buses. I pass sites of previous terror attacks and they don't cross my mind. Today aside, I don't make choices out of fear. That's the Israeli mentality. We don't let them win; we don't let them get to us. We live. That's why you see parties here brimming with utter joy! People dance in the streets on a regular basis. There is an appreciation for life; a call to live.

How the media twists such a people into the 'bad guys' baffles me. Iran plots against Israel and the Jews first, the West next. Ignoring these declarations and deeds, we'll one day regret. People and leaders naively trust those who glorify death and believe such people will drop old vendettas over "coffee talks." Such wishful thinking seems the simplistic dream of a disconnected people removed from reality. The talk seems enlightened or evolved, but irresponsibly gambles with our lives, with our hard-won home, not theirs.

I pray people wake up. That they awake from suffocating political correctness. That they are shaken from complacency to act upon dangerous threats - while there's still time. I pray that they choose life.

Waking up from political correctness? I don't think so. Not as we head into the Tribulation. Political correctness will be determined by the antichrist and his beliefs will be forced into the population - at first, willingly and then later, by force.

This train, which is headed directly into the Tribulation, shows no signs of slowing down - in fact it is speeding up. That is the sad truth of life in this current age. Meanwhile, we watch and wait. We wait for the sound of the Trumpet Call. Our call. It will be here soon - its a promise.

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