I read a moving blog post at the Jerusalem Post this morning about the fear a mother living in Israel has of Kassam rocket attacks as she carpools her kids and her neighbor’s kids to school everyday. We are very lucky here in America that we don’t live with this kind of fear. Yes, we do fear a terrorist attack, but we’ve haven’t had one in almost six years. In Israel, however, with Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade, and other terrorist organizations intent on destroying Israel just next door, the people living there must be prepared for rocket attacks at any moment. This mom wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Olmert and President Bush detailing her fear and asking that they do more to help Israel protect itself from these kinds of attacks:
This year, I drive carpool in the same way. But I face a dilemma. You see, at any point, whether while I am driving the car, or bringing children to their schools or homes, I am under threat of being interrupted by an evil, sinister sound- “TZEVA ADOM! TZEVA ADOM! TZEVA ADOM! TZEVA ADOM!” This “Red Alert” signal booms in the streets of Sderot, sending the children into stress and myself into panic. We have fifteen seconds to find cover. A Kassam rocket has been launched at Sderot and nobody has any idea where it will hit. We feel helpless, almost paralyzed by fear.
I was driving the last time it happened. In 7 seconds I managed to stop my car, unbuckle my seatbelt and climb towards the back seat of my van. And then I faced an enormous dilemma:
Which child do I save?
I cannot possibly, in the 8 seconds or so that I have left, unbuckle all the children and babies and get them to the floor and lie down on all of them. I can manage to unbuckle one child. So who should it be? Maybe my neighbor’s child? After all, I would want her to do the same for me. Or maybe my oldest? Perhaps the baby? Or else the child with disabilities? How about the middle child? Are sons more important than daughters? Are my children more important than my neighbor’s?
What a terrible dilemma to face. The author, however, puts the blame for this situation at the feet of PM Olmert and President Bush instead of where it truly lies: with Hamas, Hezbollah, al Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade, and the other terrorist organizations supported by the rogue Islamic nations that surround Israel. But her frustration is no less understandable because it’s American administrations who push for restraint and cease fires and Israeli prime ministers who give into this pressure.