Daily Israel Report

Op-Ed: Tell me, What do the People Think?

Ask a good question and you will find out what they think.
Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 8:53 PM


In hoping to get the pulse of public opinion, I’ve conducted an informal poll over the past few days asking: Do you want the threat from Gaza stopped or quiet established for however long it lasts? The question was intentionally left open to personal interpretation in order to give people voice. 

The respondents consisted of a small cross-section of Israelis living throughout the country who are comfortable using the English language on selected apolitical fb groups.

I must point out that several members of one such group felt the question and its replies took the edge off its non-partisan, inclusive purpose. The moderator removed that poll as per their request. In deference to the moderator of another group I posted a reminder: Please keep weighing in ever mindful of keeping your comments within the framework of the purpose of this page..

Below are representative responses. Not surprising, the gut feeling? Permanently stopped.

Quiet is only temporary.                                                                        

A parody based on “Where Do The Children Play” by Cat Stevens                                                                                                    

Well I think it's fine, building Iron Domes
Or protecting citizens using military chrome
Switch on summer and speak rocket threats
Yes, stand up and what you want to if you want, 'cause we have military jets

  • If threat means a network of tunnels under our kibbutzim and rockets on our cities, then there is no question - stopped, stopped, stopped!
  • The threat must be stopped. Hamas must be crushed.
  • Quiet can be quite threatening experienced the QUIET stare of people in a queue that you've just joined?
  • I do not believe that we will ever be able to stop the threat from Gaza.
  • What will it really take to have real and lasting peace in the Middle East?

I know we've come a long way
We're changing day to day
But tell me, what do the people think?

​Well you roll on roads over sandy mass
For your lorry loads, pumping petrol gas
And you make them long, and you make them tough
But they just go on and on, and it seems that you can't take the edge off

  • Unfortunately, the ongoing threat will never be stopped.
  • I do not believe that we will ever be able to stop the threat from Gaza.
  • We will tolerate the continued war as long as needed to eradicate greater threat. I am simply sorry for you and other Israelis living closer to the threat of missiles
  • Stopped once and for all. If indeed the civil population is against Hamas, than after the IDF finishes up, they should build their lives and not aid the terrorists again.
  • It's a sorry fact that Hamas has chosen to hide weapons and command & control centers among the civilian population
  • What will it really take to have real and lasting peace in the Middle East?

Oh, I know we've come a long way
We're changing day to day
But tell me, what do the people think?

Well they’re targeting Israeli cities, projectiles fill the air                                                                                                    

But we keep on building Iron Domes to intercept up there
Will we soften their edge, will we bomb Gaza until all we are doing is re-arrange the rubble and rabble cry?                                                         

Will they tell us when to live, will they tell us when to die?

  • How on earth will bombing them to rubble solve the problem?
  • But I have no doubt new leaders of hate will sprout from their rubble because too many are being born into hating the Jews

I can't decide....what would be the advantage of a temporary lull.....NONE!

  • I want quiet established in this region - I want the people of Gaza to have prosperous and productive lives. Only then will they have something to lose from this conflict. People with their backs to the wall, with nothing to lose, are the most dangerous adversaries.
  • May their rocket fire misdirect and self-destruct

I know we've come a long way
We're changing day to day
But tell me, what do the people think?

Sara Layah Shomron made aliya from the USA and was privileged to raise her family in Gush Katif. She is an English Instructor and the publicist for the novel Grains Of Sand The Fall Of Neve Dekalim by Shifra Shomon (Mazo Publishers.)