Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The banality of defending our lives from the terrorists

...The most worrying thing? That news of the overnight placement of millions of dollars worth of advanced anti-missile technology, along with the soldiers who man it 24/7, on the outskirts of Israel's seventh largest city gets one-line, at most.

Street scene in Be'er Sheva.
(Yes, Be'er Sheva) [
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Frimet/Arnold Roth..
This Ongoing War..
09 June '15..

This is a note about the unappreciated challenges of making your home in a small country, one that's roughly the size of Hawaii.

Unlike Hawaii, Israel is surrounded not by the blue Pacific Ocean but by entrenched, armed-to-the-teeth, religious fanatics: Hamas and PIJ in the south; Hezbollah in the north; the highly mobile and phenomenally aggressive ISIS just beyond the river that is our eastern border, and talking about rolling westwards.

Very few people outside the circle of Israelis and friends of Israel really care to know

1. how small this little country of ours is
2. how astronomically well-armed the fanatics of Hamas and Hezbollah are, especially with rockets
3. how difficult it can be to conduct ordinary life while tuning in to hourly news bulletins and to incoming-missiles sirens.

No sane person wants to obsess over life-threatening dangers. So most of us find ways to deal with the tensions.

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