Monday, June 18, 2007

South to Sderot

After seven years of non-stop rocket attacks, Sderot is beginning to show the signs of fatigue.
With internal Gazan strife raging, one of the Gaza terror gangs tried to gain support by launching a barrage of 40 missiles in one day at Sderot.

Walking through the National Religious neighborhood of Kiryat Moshe, home of the Machon Meir yeshiva, public message boards, transformer enclosures, and any empty wall space calling for an Operation: Shield Wall 2, the original Operation: Shield Wall being Israel's invasion and recapture of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) which put the "Al Aksa Intifadah," the most recent Arab insurrection against Jewish political independence, out of business.

Operation Shield Wall 2 in Gaza - To save Sderot and the Northern Negev

Unfortunately, the situation in Gaza is a bit more complicated. Unlike Judea and Samaria, which consists of towns and cities surrounded by mountains and open countryside, Gaza itself is small, flat, and crowded. Plus, having expelled the settlers there, Israel no longer has a presence on the ground, the first, most basic step towards gathering intelligence.

Debates go back and forth over military solutions, but really there's nothing that a non-military, unconnected immigrant can do about all of that. Our government is incapable or simply callous to the misery their lack of policy inflicts on Israel's southern residents, so the rabbis of the National Religious movement got together to take action independently. Busloads of students from national religious yeshivot, some from as far north as Tsfat, converged on Sderot. Time to send in the troops.

Jeff and Lars, getting ready for action.

Lars, in Sderot

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