Sunday, March 31, 2019

Guest Post: Waiting for Normal Life to Return to Netivot

From Life on the border with Gaza - things people may not know (but should)

Waiting for Normal Life to Return to Netivot
by Esther Hilf Revivo

We had a quiet (I wish) night Motzei Shabbat. There were 4 rockets sent to the Eshkol Region -- but nobody gives a ding-dong about THAT! The tanks are still there so the terrorists are behaving themselves, relatively speaking. If you call 40,000 people rioting and throwing thousands of grenades and other explosives at our IDF all through the night behaving. But there was no breaching of the fence.

Our government has to look for a long-term solution, which it does NOT CARE TO DO! So we, especially those on the border, continue to suffer from the whims of Hamas, as do innocent Gazans who want peace, and indeed they do exist! I've heard one speak twice on my laptop via Adele Raemer, a friend living on the border Kibbutz, Nirim.

We are fed up with the apathy of the government, media and all of the country outside of the area affected by the present violence. Below I will present an article posted in The Times of Israel on Friday, March 29th, by Joshua Davidovich and address each of his points.

I originally penned this on Friday but nothing has changed since then. We are in the same stalemate! Rioting continued on the border and the noise was unbearable at border settlements and clearly heard here in Netivot from Friday until motzei Shabbat! We were awakened on Shabbat at 4 and 6 a.m. by huge BOOMS from an IDF tank that targeted a Hamas outpost. The government reacts but is not proactive in seeking solutions.

Before I answer Mr. Davidovich’s points, let me tell you that ALL of Netivot has descended on the shops to fill up on food, bottled water and gas for their cars. We are mentally prepared for war. Everyone is walking on eggshells and feels terribly tense. The noise last night was horrific. I couldn't stop thinking of our soldiers out there. Well, here are what aforementioned Joshua Davidovich sitting safely in Central Israel had to write and my responses:

1. "BRACING FOR THE WORST: Massive protests on the Gaza border are not planned to take place until Saturday afternoon, but Israel already seems to be at peak gird."
BOOOOOOOMING all last night. That was Thursday, March 28, 2019. The first arrivers to the party threw HUGE explosives at our IDF. One thankfully blew up in their faces seriously wounding 5 terrorists. What a boom that was. My friends at the border had ANOTHER sleepless night. How much more can we take?
2. “According to the Walla news site, senior commanders are preparing for a variety of scenarios, including the possibility of deterioration to the point of a large-scale ground operation. TOI’s Judah Ari Gross notes that “The Israeli military is preparing for the possibility that Saturday’s protests will be some of the most violent yet.”
We know. We see the tanks and here the drones etc. But there have been preparations before and the GOVERNMENT HAS WIMPED OUT. We’ve had a year of Hamas violence specifically rockets, grenades, incendiary balloons, etc. AND WE ARE FED UP!
3. “Though Hamas is referring to the Land Day demonstrations as the ‘million-man march,’ only a few tens of thousands of people are expected to participate. The weather, which is currently predicted to be cold, rainy and windy, may help keep the numbers even lower than that,” he adds.
A FEW? How are "only tens of thousands” a few?! Get your butt down here to smell the fires; hear the noise from the grenades thrown at our soldiers, and tell me how you would feel if you were not be able to calm your children's fears nor stop them wetting their beds at ages 10- 12!!!
4. “According to Yedioth Ahronoth, troops will be stationed along the border starting Friday, with ‘tensions reaching their peak.’ Trying for a truce: Reports indicate that Egyptian mediators are still working furiously to try to broker some sort of calm ahead of the expected melee. On Thursday, the delegation passed a message from Israel to Hamas, telling the Gaza-ruling terror group: ‘Any mistake you make on Saturday could lead to war,’ Channel 12 news reports."
Yeah, yeah. Heard that for a year but we still have no solution. HAMAS IS STILL CALLING THE SHOTS! We only react mildly, which doesn’t help at all.
5. Walla’s Amir Bohbot said that it will be hard to predict how the demonstrators will act following the “extreme speeches and incitement to violence against Israel. “ Especially after the brainwashing by Hamas, which according to events of the last year is leading them back toward Israel.”
BRAINWASHED. That is the problem exactly. From kindergarten, if not earlier, children are taught to "KILL THE JEWS!" Hamas, as you all know, has special camps to teach elementary school age children how to become terrorists. May Hashem (G-d) continue to create miracles for us, and may the government have the guts to finally do something other than allow more Qatari money into Gaza!


Mr. Cohen said...

Have you ever wondered why Israel’s seemingly-simple
problems with terrorism are unsolvable?

This quick quote should give you one piece of that puzzle:


Rafaella Gunz said:

“The thing is, too many (goyim) Western leftists
want to see everything as black and white,
oppressed vs. oppressor. Many do not understand
the nuance of the Israel/Palestine conflict.

And what’s worse, many don’t care
to understand the full story

I was actually blocked by a feminist page
for trying to explain why comparing Israel’s
military tactics to full-on genocide is
a slippery slope. Despite saying numerous
times that I’m critical of the Israeli
government’s policies, I was banned
and had all my comments deleted.

When other Jews on the thread asked
why I was banned, the admin entirely
misconstrued everything I said.”

SOURCE: How I Dealt with Anti-Semites After the
Embassy Opening in Jerusalem
by Rafaella Gunz, 2018 May 30

Miriam said...

Esther, wonderful.Thank-you for writing the facts. The residents of the south, especially the citizens who live close to the Gaza Fence are fed up..fed up with Hamas and their rockets, fed up with molotov balloons, fed up with fires, fed up with nightly rioting, and mostly fed up with the inaction of our government. Our prime minister speaks beautifully, says all the right things, but does nothing but give us band aid solutions. And don't get me started on the kids ... when you have children & teenagers who want to sleep in their parents room or curled up in a fetal position, kids with severe depression, all types of fears of leaving their home, afraid to go to school, or ride on the school bus... bed wetting.. and the list goes on. What's the solution, that's not for me to say. We have a very strong army with brilliant generals who can come up with a plan to stop this craziness. May Hashem protect our chayalim, the residents of the south and guide our military leaders and government to make all the right decisions.

Batya said...

Miriam, Esther, I'm proud to count you as friends.
Gd willing the incoming government will rule with siyate d'Shmaya and finally do what needs to be done against the terrorists and agent provocateurs. No Israeli, south, north, east or coast should have to put up with attacks.

Anonymous said...

If it wasn't so tragic, it's laughable that the world's 7th or 8th biggest power has to live in fear of wild pere adam because Israel is beholden to the nations (who hate us one way or another) and, of course, it isn't politically correct to defeat your enemies, but it's okay to put your own citizens in 'danger'! This is what's called the nation of Chelm! As long as the Jews are so disunited and don't care for one another, this insanity will continue until H' has had enough and take mercy on the good Jews and send us Moshiach tzdkeinu! May it be immediately!

Anonymous said...

from Esther:
Mr. Cohen, I have many ideas why our problems seem unsolvable. As a believing Jew, I feel part of the problem is that our leaders do not live according to the Torah. Hence they worry more about "What will the world say?" than what is good for Am Yisrael. One suggestion to them is to finally remove the silk gloves and target the heads of Hamas even if there is collateral damage!!!

Rafaella Gunz - Sadly, there is a tendency in our holy land to pigeonhole people like the children's toy where you are either a square; circle rectangle; etc. If you live over the green line, you are a settler who uproots Arab owned olive trees; if you are a charedi, you are a parasite and don't do IDF service. (Come to Netivot and see how many of our Charedi boys are in Netzach Yehuda and treated with respect and how much chesed is done.) If your remarks on other forums were made respectfully (for online many talk back pages are filled with vitriol, ) than I can understand your frustration that you were banned. I am sorry for your upset. But believe me, there are definitely many more positive than negative things about Eretz Yisrael!

Miriam, thank you for your kind words! We are both in the same boat living so close to one another. We hear the same BOOMS and indeed feel the same frustrations. We can only pray that He above sees fit to put wisdom into the heads of our government so that regardless of the upcoming election they will do what is needed to be done to protect the south and indeed all of our beloved country, Be'H NOW without waiting!

Batya, likewise. I bless the day I made your acquaintance. Little did I know what good friends we'd become. As to your comment, as usual you are concise and SPOT ON! Kudos!

How right you are anonymous. Often I feel we here in Israel are living in Chelm. It is my emunah- faith in Hashem that keeps a smile on my face and gives me the strength to go on. Indeed may Hashem have mercy on His people and send Moshiach speedily in our days!