When the “Start-Up Nation” became the “Shoot-Down” Nation
Ron Jager, July 21, 2014
The writer, a 25-year veteran of the I.D.F., served as a field mental health officer and Commander of the Central Psychiatric Military Clinic for Reserve Soldiers at Tel-Hashomer. Since retiring from active duty, he provides consultancy services to NGO’s implementing Psycho trauma and Psycho education programs to communities in the North and South of Israel and is a strategic advisor to the office of the Chief Foreign Envoy of Judea and Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the past few days as one goes about doing routine chores, it’s almost impossible not to notice something different in our national pace. Even though sirens shriek every once in a while there is a kind of quietness, a kind of tranquility that always seems to be present during war time. The streets and highways seem emptier, shopping malls seem half empty; coffee shops traditionally full at all times of the day giving us the feeling that in Israel no one really works stand idle. As for news reports and bulletins, the nation is glued to whatever media they feel comfortable with; cellphone, radio, TV, internet, social media, or even word of mouth. Mostly everyone has a son or family member in Gaza, or on his way to Gaza. When the half hour or hourly news bulletin are broadcasted you notice that everyone becomes stiff focusing on what’s being reported hoping and praying not to hear a name or military unit that was involved in combat and suffered losses. Surprisingly, the general atmosphere is far from grim and for most of us in Israel, we sincerely believe that the political leadership and the I.D.F. will succeed in defending the citizens of Israel. During times of war Israel is literally one large extended family and families stick together.
The other day, as I was walking down Even Gvirol Street in the heart of Tel-Aviv, the sirens went off alerting us all that the Hamas terror organization had fired a salvo of missiles on the City of Tel-Aviv. Within a matter of seconds, two “Iron Dome” anti-missile defense systems fired their rocket batteries intercepting in mid-air the missiles fired from Gaza causing them to explode way up in the sky. It’s an amazing sight, more so, it’s an amazing technological accomplishment for Israel, keeping in mind that there is no other similar system anywhere in the world. Its quite mind boggling to think that a determined, well-funded and anti-Semitic Islamic terror organization fires thousands of missiles at Israel over the past 14 days and inflict so few casualties. I wonder what must be going through the heads of the Hamas leadership who whole heartedly belief that Allah is on their side and its only a matter of time before, we Jews pack up and abandon ship. Historically, Jews generally do not abandon ship, but they have been pushed overboard. No longer.