We’re not doing this because we’re afraid. We’re doing it because the operational reality of a road running inside [an Arab] village creates challenges which inevitably require our daily responses. And, still, in order that I fail in my mission, all it takes are 20 seconds out of a 24 hour period, in which a stone is thrown.
By the way, this causes my own stomach to turn, too. When this happens near us, we experience a feeling of real failure, that we haven’t been able to prevent this one rock.
Our longer term response—meaning a year to a year and a half—we must complete this new road. That’s the first item. The second item is to increase the number of soldiers on this road.