- Posted September 3, 2013 by
Kibbutz Nirim, Israel
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Are chemical weapons a ‘red line’?
Unsure (Volatile Minefields)
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
My name is Adele. I was born and raised in the United States, but have lived in Israel since age 18. As such, I see the events as they are unfolding here in the Middle East from a different perspective than I would if I were purely Israeli or American. I am an American-Israel who watches the news as it unfolds on the Israeli news channels as well as on CNN.
I seek out the different angles as best I can, both in English and in Hebrew. Israelis are known to be news freaks – with news broadcasts on the radio every hour on the hour. We are tuned into the news even in times of peace, but especially in times of uncertainly, as we now are experiencing.
The Middle East is an incredibly unstable region. Most westerners do not realize just how tenuous the balance of power is here. As a resident of the Western Negev desert, a region that absorbed direct mortar and rocket attacks within the perimeter of my small community, I watch the developments of this ongoing impending American strike on Syria, with much trepidation.
On the one hand, technically, my family and I are also within range of the Syrian missiles (although I doubt they would purposely aim that so close to the Gazan border- so far from Israeli centers of population). On the other hand, we are acutely aware of a lack of stability on our southern border, which can flare up and flow over into our region, our communities, our homes, in a matter of seconds.
We are an island surrounded by countries that house Hizboullah, the Moslem Brotherhood and Hamas – none of whom are happy with our presence here; none of whom wish us well. My immediate concern is that the citizens of Israel who live in the north, and have had a quiet border since the last Lebanon war, will not be thrown into the turmoil which we experienced less than a year ago.
As we approach the Jewish New Year, the holiest days of the year for the Jewish people, I can only hope that my two governments (the Israeli and the American governments) are treading carefully through this volatile minefield.