Syria has also produced hundreds of tons of chemical weapons and bombs filled with sarin and another lethal gas, VX. The idea is that botulism, anthrax and other lethal pathogens can be used in conjunction with explosives.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry recently gave the embassies a list of bunkers available for diplomats. Only Tel Aviv has as many as 240 bunkers. The Jerusalem railway station can accommodate 5,000 people. Even theaters, like Habima in Tel Aviv, can host thousands of people.
A Home Front Command postcard, delivered to Israeli citizens, divides the country into six regions, from the Negev to the Golan. Each region has different times of reaction in case of attack. If you live along the Gaza Strip, you have 20 seconds to reach shelter. In Jerusalem, it’s three minutes. But if you live close to Lebanon or Syria, the color red means that, unless you are already in a bunker, you just have to wait for the rocket.
Meanwhile, the southern population continues to pay the highest price.
70% of Israeli children in the Negev show symptoms of trauma, while thousands of children carry physical disabilities from Palestinian bombs.
There are children who want to constantly stay inside the bunkers, or in the secured rooms of their homes. There are children who don’t get out of bed anymore. Many people had their hearing impaired because they live close to the siren.
Londoners, who had endured the blitz stoically, with British aplomb and courage, then had more than 1,200 V-1 bombs rain down on them from the skies, followed later by hundreds of larger V-2 missiles that gave no warning. The people of Israel are equally valiant, going about their daily lives knowing that killers might explode a bomb or rocket in any public place at any time.
Some of Sderot’s residents have moved to Netivot and Ashkelon in recent years, renting or purchasing apartments there, only to discover that the rockets continue to chase them. Now a large part of Israel is living much as those in Sderot do—running for shelter and fearing for their lives.
The Arabs refer to Sderot and Ashkelon as “settlements” and see no difference between these pre-1967 towns and settlements like Beit El, Elqana and Yitzhar. Hamas’ founder, Ahmed Yassin, was born in the village of Jorat Askalan, near Ashkelon, and was uprooted to Gaza in 1948. Abdel Aziz Rantisi, one of the six founding members of Hamas, was born in Yibneh, near Ashkelon, and moved with his family in the Gaza Strip. Hamas today fires on Sderot and Ashkelon because the Islamists will never give up on their “the right to return.”
The story of the southern Israeli towns tell us the parable of Western civilization. This is the only Western population forced to live with their eyes turned to heaven. Last winter, the terrorists from Gaza launched phosphorous shells on Israeli civilians. These are chemical weapons are able to burn the human skin. International newspapers and television stations didn’t report the news. The burned skin of the Jews has never interested the West. Since the year of the founding of the state, more than 60,000 rockets have fallen on Israel. How many media ever reported on this number?
Israel will rise and fall with Sderot. This is the Israeli Guernica that will never have its own Picasso. In 1937 the Basque town was the premature victim of the savage and merciless Nazi Blitzkrieg that was to sweep Europe. Sderot is the tiny symbol of Western civilization plunging into the very heart of the Dar al-Islam.
They want to destroy Sderot because they want to destroy all of us.
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