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      Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.)  Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching.  She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:

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      Tevet 2, 5768, 12/11/2007

      Protecting Sderot


      This month, according to official counts, the 6,311th rocket fell on the Israeli city of
      Sderot
      .  Of course, they didn't just fall out of the sky, like rain or like the acorn in "Chicken Little."

      Arab terrorists in Gush Katif and the Gaza Strip have been launching kassam rockets at Israel to murder Israelis and destroy their homes, schools, business, etc.

      The government keeps changing its tune when it comes to how to protect the innocent Israeli residents.

      Now,  Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter warned Sunday that "250,000 under Qassam threat if we don't act."  But at the same time, the State says it's not obligated to fortify Sderot homes against Kassams.  It's also not willing to got to war against them nor use any serious sanctions.

      So, I think it's time for my plan on how to protect Sderot.  Do you have any better ideas?

      This was first posted on Shiloh Musings, May 31, 2007, but unfortunately, it's still applicable.

      How about... Rebuild Sderot Underground?

      Sure; that makes sense.

      The government was ordered by the court to reinforce the classrooms, but, the kids have to get to the classrooms, via the corridors and the streets from their homes, and all that must be made safe.

      Now, considering that there's only a short warning--of seconds at best--before the kassams land, the government must think of the good of the people.

      Well, there are a few options. Our brilliant military inventors can make special protectors for people. Bullet-proof vests aren't strong enough against kassams, and many of those killed and seriously injured by kassams had head injuries. The vests don't protect against head injuries. Yes, so the new law must be that everyone must wear special anti-kassam helmets and vests. The factories must rapidly produce them in all sizes, from, k'neine haraa, hefty adults to toddlers. Special baby-carriages, designed to protect infants, must be made from the same material as tanks.

      I can see a very practical way of protecting small groups of people, especially good for large families and nursery school teachers. Have a large rocket-proof umbrella, mounted on wheels, so it can be pushed. It must be large enough so a number of people can be protected at once. I'm sure that our engineers can find a way to do it.

      To make it even safer, these protective "clothing," carriages and "umbrellas" should be painted/coated with material that won't reflect the sun or be easily traced by radar. A design called "urban camouflage" would be just perfect.

      Now, of course, this is only temporary. How long can people manage above ground, even with these protective devices? I'd take for granted that the community centers and fitness experts will provide muscle-training to prevent strains and sprains, an added risk when having to carry around such heavy things. It's a risk the residents of the south must be willing to take for the good of the country. We wouldn't want them all to desert their homes. What a horrid precedent that would be?

      At the same time, a massive bunker, "Sderot Underground" must be constructed. It will be reinforced in all directions against all warfare. Of course, it will be a pleasant place to live with gardens, playgrounds, and the ceiling must be painted an attractive and calming, sky blue, with just wisps of clouds, so it won't be boring to look at. Actually, with today's technology, it should be possible to vary the colors and even reproduce the effects of sunrises and sunsets.

      "Sderot Underground" should be so strong, secure and reliable, that the new "Sderot" will be the most desirable place to live in all of Eretz Yisrael, especially when Iran (G-d forbid) gets the bomb.

      I have no doubt that Olmert and his fellow travellers will love this plan. Think of all the money they can make off of it!