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Not Everyone Has a Bomb Shelter

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Unfortunately, not everyone has a real bomb shelter nearby.

In Nitzan, one of the southern settlements that was selected to house many of those expelled from Gush Katif, residents have to take cover in large sewer pipes that were brought in to be used as bomb shelters.

 

IDF Spokesperson: Our Aim Is to Cripple the Terror Organizations

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

In a phone Briefing with IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich, The Jewish Press asked for confirmation of reports regarding IDF special forces which are already inside Gaza, and another which says that armored battalions are already situated around Gaza, ready to go in.

Lt. Col. Leibovich said she could not go into details on the actual location of forces, adding: “but I will say that all options are on the table, including ground maneuvers.”

In an opening statement, the spokesperson said: “The foremost goal of this operation is to protect Israeli civilians, who have been living under fire for past 11 years. Only this year, the citizens of southern Israel have suffered over 760 rocket attacks. The second goal is to cripple the terrorists’ capabilities. As you heard, our first target was a vehicle in central part of Gaza. Inside the vehicle was Ahmed Jabari, born in 1960, the head of the Hamas military wing who was involved in numerous terror attacks on Israelis, as well as Gilad Shalit’s kidnapping. This is a man who has a lot of Israeli blood on his hands.

“The second phase of the operation was an aerial attack which targeted 20 different targets, all underground, which served as launching pads for various kinds of rockets. Among these rockets were Fajr-5 rockets, Iranian-made weapons which can reach a lot further than the ordinary Grad missile. This was the second phase.

“IDF General Staff is currently assessing the progress of the operation and according to its findings, will decide how to continue. All options are on the table, including a ground operation.”

The spokesperson confirmed that Iron Dome batteries have successfully intercepted 17 rockets over major Israeli cities.

Q: The rockets originating from Egypt – who fired them?

A: I don’t have any information about that.

Q: Is it possible the IDF will go into Sinai?

A: Currently we’re focusing our efforts on the Gaza Strip and have no intentions of going into Egypt. The goal is Gaza.

Q: What about the Israeli Navy?

A: The focus of the operation is crippling the terror organizations while defending Israeli civilians. It’s not natural for an Israeli – for anyone – to live in a shelter for such a long time. We’re talking since 2001. Many of these Israelis have 15 seconds to run to shelter every time an alarm sounds. This situation obviously cannot continue. This is why we’ve launched this operation. We’ve reached the point where enough is enough.

Q: How will this affect Israeli-Egyptian ties?

A: That’s a question for Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

At the end of the conference, The Jewish Press asked if the goal of Pillar of Defense was to disable the other side.

A: The goal is to cripple their abilities. Thank you, everyone.

Sandy-Affected Voters in NY & NJ Can Choose Polling Place

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Voters in New York and New Jersey affected by Hurricane Sandy will be permitted to vote at any polling place in their respective states using a provisional ballot.

“Just because you’re displaced doesn’t mean you should be disenfranchised,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday, a day before Americans went to the polls to pick their next president.

Some polling places were completely unusable due to the storm, and some voters had sought shelter far from their polling places.

President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney held final campaign rallies in key states on Monday and appeared on Monday Night Football.

Polls show Obama, a Democrat, and Romney, a Republican, in a tight race. The Jewish vote was being seen as especially important in swing states, especially in Florida.

IAF Drone Kills Additional Gaza Terrorists Sunday Morning

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Following multiple rockets launched overnight from Gaza at Israel, Palestinians are reporting that an IAF drone took out a Gazan rocket team that was about to prepare yet another rocket launch at Israel. At least one member of the rocket team was killed. The team were east of Khan Yunis in south Gaza at the time.

The IDF has not identified what type of aircraft was used in the operation.

The attacks on the rocket crews may be part of what appears to be a new IDF policy to respond to all rocket attacks.

The IDF has begun saying,

“The IDF will not accept any attempts to attack the citizens of Israel, and will continue to operate against any operative that attempts to terrorize the State of Israel. Hamas is considered to be the address and responsibility is on them.”

Citizens of Israel’s south, in towns near Gaza, have been told to stay within 15 seconds of a bomb shelter this morning.

 

The Master Conductor Of All Events

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

The incident occurred during The Three Weeks when work at my place of employment for the summer months came to a standstill. I was to meet with a couple of high school buddies of mine at the train shelter in Cedarhurst, from where we had planned to walk to the park.

It was only a few seconds into our walk when I realized that I was missing my cell phone. Even as I searched my pockets, to no avail, I already knew that I had left my blackberry behind at the shelter and hoped I’d find it sitting idle on the bench.

My heart sank. The bench was bare and there was no phone to be found. I borrowed my friend’s phone and dialed my number. A woman answered but spoke only Spanish and didn’t seem to understand anything I was saying. I asked her to put someone on the phone that spoke English. A man said hello.

I explained that they had my phone and asked them to return it to the place where they had found it. The man replied that this would not be possible since he was on the train headed for Jamaica. When I told him he had no right to take it and that I would report him to the police, the phone went dead.

Despite my frustration, my gut instinct told me that my blackberry wasn’t gone for good and that I would be seeing it again. Still, I was no longer in a mood to visit the park and returned home where I used our landline to badger the thieves, determined not to lose track of my phone’s whereabouts. The scenario kept repeating itself; the woman would answer and upon my insistence hand the phone to the same man, until he abruptly terminated the call after saying he had reached his stop and needed to get off.

I called again, but there was no answer. Shortly thereafter our phone rang – the ID displaying my cell number. It was Nanda, my grandmother’s longtime housekeeper who’d been with the family since my mother was a little girl.

“Did you lose a phone?” she asked my mother.

“Yes, Josh did,” answered my mom. “How in the world did you end up with his phone?” she asked the woman who knew us well.

Nanda explained that she was riding the LIRR when a female commuter about to disembark tossed the phone at her.

A startled Nanda checked the blackberry and was even more surprised to find that several recent incoming calls were made from none other than our home number – one she was quite familiar with. That’s when she called us, figuring we’d be able to shed light on the mystery of her unexpected “gift.” (If they weren’t already aware that cell phones can not only be disabled but tracked as well, I had made sure to let the thieves know that their prize find could end up costing them dearly.)

Nanda was scheduled to work for someone in our neighborhood the following day and was more than happy to stop by with my phone. Needless to say I was immensely grateful to her, and more so to Hashem, who saved me the expense of acquiring a new phone, as well as the major hassle of attempting to replace all the accumulated personal data.

The chances of Nanda being in that car of that train at that time and the one passenger (among many) chosen to be the recipient of my blackberry was remote at best. It could only have been arranged by the One that coordinates every aspect of our daily lives.

Redefining Normal

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

http://israelisoldiersmother.blogspot.co.il/2012/08/redefining-normal.html

A few years ago, I wrote a blog post called, “Defining Normal” – this is the post in which I explained what happened when David was born – and how they handed me a tent. One of the things that I like about this blog is that I can dump my memories here and let them go. I read the post tonight while looking for the map (displayed here and also in that post).

It’s a map of how much time we have – all of us in Israel, to get to shelter. We are in the longest zone – we would have three minutes if an attack came from Lebanon. Three minutes to get to shelter – and worry about where everyone else is and if they got to shelter in time. That’s if the missiles come from Lebanon. I don’t know how much time we’d have if the attack came from Syria or Iran…more, less, who knows.

Olympic Runners Would Die…

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

http://israelisoldiersmother.blogspot.co.il/2012/08/olympic-runners-would-die.html

Olympic runners would die if they lived in Shderot and a rocket hit.

What an amazing concept – the fastest men in the world…wouldn’t reach safety if they found themselves just 200 meters away from a shelter during a Color Red alarm in Shderot. Fifteen seconds of warning…that’s all the residents there have.

I wonder if anyone in the Olympics has thought of this comparison – one that people in Israel’s south live with every day. Thank you to the IDF for the above thought…it is a chilling one.

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