Thursday, April 26, 2012
Roth - What better way to mark Israel's independence?
This Ongoing War..
26 April '12..
The terrorists from Hamas-occupied Gaza sent their wishes to the people of Israel this morning. This was no surprise gift, since they have been delivering them on a daily basis for years even while most people in most places look the other way.
We refer, of course, to yet another explosive-laden rocket, fired entirely indiscriminately in the general direction of where the Jews live. The report of this morning's attack says the missile landed somewhere (details are deliberately sketchy, always - if you have to ask why, you should not know) in the Hof Ashkelon region of southern Israel in the early hours of this morning, Thursday. As far as we know, there were no injuries to people, no damage to property.
Even so, their gift was important: a reminder to us as we celebrate with our families and our communities on this beautiful spring day, Israel's 64th birthday as a modern nation-state: they really hate us over there (you can point in any direction from here in Jerusalem and you will be right). And they are ready, willing, able, anxious and thoroughly equipped to show that hatred in tangible, lethal ways.
That there is not greater loss is entirely due to the mercy of the Above, and the diligence and determination of the servicemen and servicewomen who guard our borders and homes.
Happy birthday, Israel, and may our country continue to go from strength to strength to strength to strength. Now, excuse us as we head off for our family's Independence Day picnic.
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