Real Israelis speak up about the constant terror on the Gaza border. The Gaza terror affects Jewish and Arab Israelis. They all suffer the consequences. There are no winners on the Israeli side.
Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza launched more than 200 rockets at Israel just last weekend. Israelis near the Gaza border had to spend the night in bomb shelters. The IDF told them to remain no further away than a 15 second run from the bomb shelters.
Ever since March 30th, for more than three consecutive months, Hamas terrorists have made life in southern Israel a nightmare. They threw firebombs into Israel via arson kites, fire balloons and other incendiary devices. These fire bombs destroyed an area that is half the size of Manhattan! This area includes agricultural fields, forests and nature reserves. They are all gone. The terrorists also killed hundreds of animals as well in these fires.
This is all part of the Hamas orchestrated “march of return.” Arab protesters and rioters attack IDF soldiers with grenades, bombs, Molotov cocktails and rocks nearly every week. This is an outgrowth of the first wave of attacks.
Nothing New in the Middle East
This is the reality that Israelis have to live with. But it is not new to this region of the world. There has never been an extended stint of peace in the region in the last century. The longest span of time without a war in the State of Israel was between 1956 and 1967. That was 11 years where Israel did not have to fight any major battles against the Arabs. But, even so, there were sporadic outbreaks of terror throughout this period. It culminated with a full-blown attempt by the Arabs to annihilate the entire State of Israel and kill all 2.5 million Jews. Israel won big. The Arabs lost big. The Arabs have never gotten over it. This is a good thing. It takes a few generations till people get past age-old hopes to destroy other nations. The Arabs still need some serious reeducation. It will probably take a few more decades till major progress is made.