Nearly 25,000 Rockets of Terror
The residents of Israel have endured years of rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip. Nearly 25,000 Hamas rockets have exploded in Israel since the second intifada, killing dozens of innocent Israelis and endangering the lives of millions more.
In the summer of 2005, Israel took the very painful step of evacuating 10,000 of its citizens from 21 communities in the Gaza region. Families were uprooted, synagogues were abandoned, schools and businesses were closed forever – all in the hope of a peaceful future.
“There will be no more rockets fired into Israeli communities”, was the Israeli position, “since Israeli settlement in the Gaza Strip has ended.” Unfortunately, disengagement from Gaza had the opposite effect.
The once flourishing Israeli communities were turned into bases of terror, from which thousands of rockets were launched daily, deep into Israeli territory. As rocket attacks intensified, fear, panic and destruction became the norm.
As sirens wailed “Code Red”, residents had 15 seconds to run for their lives. Israel’s response was muted, in the hope that perseverance and restraint would lead to a diplomatic solution. But restraint only encouraged more rocket attacks.
Israel Fights Back
Operation Cast Lead was launched in December 2008 as a last-resort attempt to bring about the elusive peace and security that its citizens rightfully deserved. Although a military success, the operation was a diplomatic nightmare, as the UN’s Goldstone Report condemned Israel for its’ aggression.
While the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza was significantly damaged, it was not eliminated, and rocket fire continues to terrorize Israel’s citizens.