In Yafiz, Sha'ar Binyamin, the industrial zone cum shopping center just north of Jerusalem we were in the midst of heavy crowds shopping for Thursday bargains when suddenly we could just about hear an alarm go off. There's no shelter in Yafiz. The closest one is in the Rami Levy Discount Supermarket just next to us, but it's small and set up as their synagogue.
|Shelter cum synagogue in Rami Levy, Sha'ar Binyamin (photo by Batya Medad)|
"What was that?"
"Oh, so what's the price of ...?"
"It couldn't be near here.'
"Did you hear anything?"
"Let them bomb all the Arabs on Har Habayit!"
"I hope they hit the gold dome."
"Do you have -- in size --?"
Those were typical reactions I heard. Actually a large portions of the reactions were wishes that the Gazan missiles would destroy the mosques on the Temple Mount. I didn't notice anyone walking out of the store, certainly nobody ran out looking for shelter.
This photo was taken about the same time the Gazan missile came close.
|An Israeli Iron Dome missile intercepts a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip over Jerusalem on July 10, 2014. (photo credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90)|
Close doesn't count, as the saying goes. We heard reports of smoke coming out of a nearby Arab village.
At present an Arab (terrorist Gaza) surrender doesn't seem close. They certainly haven't suffered enough. Israel has this fokokt principle of warning the Gazans before shooting. That's not how you win a war! In Gaza the civilians are the enemies.
May G-d give wisdom to our leaders, those wimpy politicians in power.
Shabbat Shalom u'Mevorach
May we all have a Peaceful and Blessed Shabbat