well the situation in the South of Israel is exploding
Update: Well the Germans are in shock (see Bild report) after their cruise ship off the coast of Ashdod came under Hamas rocket attack.
I’ve just gotten home from meetings (I know 11 pm! argh) I held since 4 and checked the news. Dude. Yes, it is our every two years summer rocket fest extravaganza and I’m not talking fireworks. I was pretty ticked off to read that several thousand chickens were killed today by a rocket fired by Hamas terrorists from Gaza. That was one of the more than 30 rockets fired at us by terrorists today within just 10 MINUTES.
80 rockets fired at us since this morning.
Hamas claimed responsibility for the heavy rocket fire, as Code Red sirens blared across the south, in towns and cities including Ashkelon, Kiryat Malachi, Ashdod, Netivot, and Beersheba. The Iron Dome missile defense system shot down a total of 12 rockets over Netivot and Ashdod.
Residents of towns in southern Israel close to the Gaza strip have been warned to stay 15 seconds from bomb shelters at all times.
Another rocket just hit outside Sderot a minute ago.
And here we go, the height of hilarity, Abbas demanded tonight that Israel stop retaliating for attacks from Gaza.
I met with a friend today from Beit Hanin and she said things are just crazy there. She was like ‘half the Arabs I meet think I’m Jewish and half the Jews I meet think I’m an Arab (she’s an Arab Christian) and so I’m afraid of everyone on the streets there.”
On the other hand, we have to look on the bright side. We could be living in a real war zone like Chicago — did you know 82 people were shot just over the 4th of July weekend there, 14 of them fatally?
I told my Ema that the first thing I am getting when I arrive in the States, even before a car, is a gun. The second thing is a dog — a growly fierce sounding one. Cats are great but not such good murderer deterrents. I’ll be relieved when I am able to return home where we ‘only’ have to deal with rockets and terrorists because at least you know who the people who are likely to try killing you are and it isn’t the person in the house or apartment next door.