Irwin E. Blank

Nyah, Nyah, You Missed Me!

Well, I guess what I wrote the other day about giving Hamas some Ham-Ass made them a bit upset with me because about 6PM last evening, they decided to send me a comment via rocket delivery. No, they missed me by a country kilometer, but they really made me feel appreciated.

My wife and I were sitting in the living room watching the news when the sirens went off. Now, you have to realize that we live in Maaleh Adumim, a city ( not a settlement, we don’t live in converted trailers or pup tents) which is about 4.5 miles to the east of Jerusalem. As a matter of fact, from my top floor (making it easy for the terrorists,,,,,,,,) balcony, I can see Mount Scopus, the tower of Hebrew University and the neighborhood of French Hill. So, if the rocket shooting rats ( my apology to rodents) want to get me, they have to fire their weaponry at Jerusalem, a city they say is their capital and holy to them. Seems to me that that is pretty much shooting yourself in the foot, or, akin to religious Roman Catholic terrorists who love the Vatican, decide to show their heartfelt affection for that place by firing rockets at it.

Anyway, being a tough Bronx born street kid, or maybe slightly stupid, I did not go into the secure room, because I wanted to see what was happening. Well, I saw the Iron Dome “Tamir” missile blast the darn thing out of the sky, saw the white puff of smoke and heard the BOOM.  The falling debris landed in the desert near here and I’m sure, by now, either the army sapper unit or the local Beduins (whoever can travel faster) have collected the pieces of both flying objects for either examination or, in the case of the Beduin, for building materials.

Now, these Hamas missiles have no guidance systems, no radar, no TV cameras, no GPS.They are just pointed in the general direction and fired.  what some of my friends call, “Shoot and scoot weapons” Fire the thing and flee before you get targeted. So, a thought occurred to me-what if one of these things, pointed towards Jerusalem, landed on top of the Dome of the Rock or the al-Aksa mosques and blew one of them to smithereens? Interesting thought, no?

If the city is so holy to these savages, why take a chance in blowing up your favorite amusement park?  Just for the sake of trying to kill some infidel Jews? Oh, by the way, just to demonstrate how much love Hamas has for its fellow Arabs, Jerusalem has almost a quarter million Moslems who live in the city-do you think the missiles would turn in flight if it saw a red checkered keffiyah and headed for a kippah wearing Jew? But, then again, Hamas hides under its women’s skirts and behind  their children, so what would anyone expect from such thugs-humanity??? Bravery? No, guess I’ll just have to settle for craven cowardice and total disregard for human life. You know, typical terrorists.

Now, some well meaning folks have been wondering how we Israelis are taking all this-I mean, aren’t we afraid. Well, let me give you an example of how we deal with this on a civilian level. No, I don’t discuss military strategy or tactics in public, not that I know any, but we are all armchair generals here because most of us have already spent years wearing a uniform-and I don’t mean as doormen at fancy hotels.

A dear friend of ours invited us to his daughter’s wedding where the ceremony and reception were to take place within 40 kilometers of Gaza. Now, the government decreed that all large gatherings of over 300 people ( a small Israeli wedding by anyone who has ever been to an Israeli wedding) had to be cancelled. So, did this stop the nuptials or the party? Not here. I mean, all of Israel is within range of missiles from the south and the north. Sort of like a dartboard on the wall of a pub.

Well, we had the wedding last night anyway in a different location-about 500 people and we had a great time. I’m not going to say where, but near enough to Tel Aviv, where Hamas missiles have been aimed for the passed weeks. You see, we are too crazy to be scared. Or is it, we just refuse to be cowed into misery and defeatism. Unlike some other countries that are demanding that we practice “restraint.” It seems the only restraint some of them practice is restraining their manhood (oh, get the symbolism)?

So, if a Hamas missile blows up the mosques on OUR Temple Mount, maybe G-d would be sending Allah a long overdue eviction notice. After all , G-d is MY landlord and I have a lifetime long lease.

Shabbat Shalom from Maaleh Adumim in liberated Israeli Yehudah, guarding the eastern approaches to Jerusalem, the eternal, united and indivisible capital of the Jewish people.


About the Author
Irwin was born in New York City and is now retired. He lives in Maaleh Adumim since making aliyah 7 years ago.