With all of the revolutionary change happening these days in the Middle East, an impartial observer could be forgiven for assuming that perhaps things were becoming quieter between Israel and its neighbours. The region now seems to have higher priorities, like building a foundation of democracy. But one constant has remained throughout the last few weeks: terror attacks from Gaza into Israel.
Sirens went off throughout the city just seconds before the rocket struck.
Four residents – two adults and two children – were treated for shock.
“I heard a siren, then a boom, and everything in my house just shook,” a woman named Zehava told Israel Radio. “It was terrible.”
“We’ve been through worse, and we’ll get through this, too,” said Beersheba Mayor Ruvik Danilovich.
Revolution or no revolution, rain or shine, workday or weekend, the rockets fall. While Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza are claiming responsibility for the attacks, it should be remembered that these groups do not act in a vacuum. These terrorists get their weapons from Israel’s regional neighbors such as Iran and Syria, funneled through Egypt.
We are hopeful that the revolutions sweeping the Middle East will result in more stable, democratic and responsible neighbors. An agenda of peaceful interaction with Israel – as with France, Brazil. Turkey or any other country – truly would be revolutionary.