- Posted August 8, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Iron Dome and Israeli soldiers
I live in a city 40 kilometres from the Gaza strip which means I have a minute to get to the "safe room", now you probably think it's more than enough, and it is if you have a "safe room" in your house. But if you have to run outside you might not make it, not to mention elderly people who can run as fast. The whole world is talking about the children of Gaza (which is important) but what about the children of Israel? Would you want you're toddler to know that someone wants to kill him and to do so throws rockets at you? I assume not. I can tell you a personal story, a couple of days before Operation Protective Edge started I was on the bus with headphones on, a couple of stops before mine the bus stopped and everybody started getting out when I took my headphones off I realized that there were a red cod alert going on, so I got off the bus and followed orders (lay on your stomach and cover your head with your hands) and I was calm but when I got back on the bus I realized I was shaking. I told you this story because it wasn't my first red code alert ( Hamas started shooting rockets to Beer Sheva 5 years ago) and surly not the last. I have nothing against the innocent people in Gaza but I have had enough of this reality. During the operation practically all the cities in the south of Israel were "dead" no one left the house if it weren't necessary. And I would lie if I told you that the thought "get the hell out of this country" didn't cross my mind, but my parents didn't leave Russia and came here for nothing, my grandmother didn't survive the Holocaust for nothing. That's why we are proud of our soldiers because they represent all of us by telling our enemies "we are here, and we aren't going anywhere". 64 soldiers died in this operation and while its terrible and unimaginable lost every family that lost a loved one knows that he died so we can all live. I am 17 years old which means that in a year in required to serve in the IDF for 2 years and I'm going to go not only because it's required by law but because it doesn't matter what you're position in the army you feel proud to be a part of the IDF.