What’s the first thing you did this morning?
I turned off my alarm and noticed a message from our oldest daughter, logged at 3:50 am. ‘We think something fell here. We are all fine, the safe room is open, just all sitting together.’
Something fell here? We’re fine? Um, ok, that put this mom into action. A quick review of the headlines showed this beautiful house in the large southern city of Beer Sheba – Abraham’s home town – destroyed by an arab palestinian rocket from Gaza. A mother shielded her three children and saved their lives.
My daughter, second-year student at Ben Gurion University, slept in but checked in again soon after. What do you say to your child, too far away to run home and too adult to seek shelter? As she set out for her day of studies, we reviewed safety and I begged her to be sure to know where to run if another rocket fell nearby.
Parents, do you feel my fear and revulsion turn to anger at those who would terrorize our children this way? The people of Israel live under this threat daily, on our southern border, sometimes on the northern border, in our cities when terror strikes. When it’s your kid, you get angry. And perhaps that moves you to action. But what can you do when the stakes are high and beyond your control?
I believe in our government. I believe in the IDF. I believe in our brave, dear soldiers – our sons and daughters. But I also pray to God that we find a way to deter this Gazan terror without sending in troops, for that would be a whole different kind of escalation, with countless worried nights for us moms and dads. It is our job to worry.
For those of you in the know, you’ve read today of decisive Israeli retaliation in Gaza and beyond. While our troops are ready, we prefer the tactical precision of a targeted response. You can read the headlines for more, and know that we the people support these decisions – there is little dissent among Israelis, left to right, when our cities are under attack. As it should be.
Sleep well tonight.