My name is Adele and I live about two kilometers from the border with the Gaza Strip. And I am livid! I am disappointed with my government for not taking advantage of the window of opportunity that they have had for the past 3 ½ years – since Operation Protective Shield – to do something to change the status quo, without it looking like it was happening as a result of terrorism and rockets. All that time when they could have come to agreements with the other side, and with the help of other governments, to make Gaza a better place for people to live. To help rebuild Gaza, providing jobs for people, providing a horizon of hope.
Because until Gazans are building homes and hospitals and ports, they will be underground building tunnels, they will be developing new, “improved” ways (even if those are primitive balloons and kites causing the fires we have been fighting for the past 4+ months).
The Hamas and news agencies call this a ceasefire. But my government has NOT announced that there is, in fact, as ceasefire. My government has not told me anything. So here we are… in limbo.
* I want my government to lead and decide for me, not the Hamas.
* I want my government to inform me about ceasefires that are happening, and escalations, and other developments on the ground, not from the Hamas or the news agencies.
* I want my government to be PROactive and not REactive.
* I want my government to fight terror while at the same time pursuing diplomatic solutions. Because saying “there is no one to talk to” is a fallacy. An excuse for good diplomacy. “We don’t make peace with our friends, we make peace with our enemies.” Remember?
I know very well where I live, and yet….as citizens of Israel, we deserve an equality to security. When the rockets are flying, the Security Cabinet put us on the agenda. But when things are relatively quiet, we are “out of sight, out of mind”. So please, come join me tonight at 20:00 opposite the Hashalom train station to demand from our government the equality of security that we in the Western Negev deserve, as much as the rest of the country.