What are your summer plans?

I’m looking for a house with a pool. A simple house, with room for our kids to stop in when they have a break, when they can take a week and hang out for long sunny pool days that end with a family barbecue.

Yes, the prices are astronomical and I wonder why every vacation home in Israel must be described as “deluxe” or “impressive.” I just want my peaceful corner, to share with family and friends as the days grow longer and our pace slows down, for awhile.

We don’t want to stray too far; it’s tough to be far away from home when there’s unrest. In a summer not too long ago, we had to leave Israel to join an extended family vacation — fun for sure, but far from home, where war was taking over Israel’s attention and every community felt like it was on the front. It was hard to be away, despite the false sense of removed quiet that we enjoyed.

The unrest of summer comes yet again. Gazans threaten our Israeli communities down south, with terrorizing violence so close to Jewish homes. Fields are burning, kindergartens have been hit by deadly missiles. Not to mention our northern neighbors and their troubles. But I just don’t want to leave.

While it might be nice to get away, things are different this summer: Our son is a combat soldier in the IDF. I’m overwhelmed with pride, yet tempted to write his commanding officer a note, asking to please excuse him from any dangerous activity. While that probably won’t work, I can’t help pulling him close when he walks in the door for the weekend, and have a hard time letting go to send him back for more.

So what are your summer plans? While the world vilifies Israel for just about anything we do, our friends around the world get mad. Take some time every day to express that anger, to defend Israel for what it truly is — a bunch of real people, families who do what they can to secure our country, at great risk and with tremendous love and dedication. Make sure to tell your local paper, your neighbors, your social media network what it’s like for us. Tell them, I have a friend who is a mom, and she prays that her son will come home safely every single day.

Stand with us, together. Defend against terror and hatred that belittles the magnificence and sanctity of every life. Let’s make this a summer of beaches and barbecues, for everyone.

About the Author
Ruth Lieberman is an Israeli-based political consultant and licensed tour guide, combining her love of Israel with political acumen to better Israel's standing both at home and in the eyes of the world. She has consulted for political leaders in Jerusalem and in Washington, from work on election campaigns to public advocacy and events. Her tours in Israel connect Biblical history to modern realities, to highlight Israel's achievements and promote its policies.
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