November 19th, 2012
Like so many of you, I have been watching the headlines and images coming out of the Middle East with a mix of sadness, fear and dread. Sadness at seeing millions of innocent lives put in harm’s way. Fear at knowing our homeland is once again under attack and tensions are ratcheting up in an already volatile region. Dread at anticipating the harsh judgment Israel will receive in the court of public opinion for doing what any nation must: secure its borders and protect the lives of its citizens.
No nation, after all, can be expected to tolerate more than half of its population—an estimated 4.5 million people—living under constant threat of rocket fire. Air raid sirens have twice sounded throughout Jerusalem as rockets have landed within range of the capital city, Israel continues to intercept rockets over Tel Aviv and residents of Israel’s south are spending their days and nights in bomb shelters.
It is a reality of life in Israel, but it is the story the headlines don’t often tell. And as we go about our work week, our Israeli brothers and sisters prepare for the possibility of sending their loved ones to war once again. Read More »