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      Tammuz 4, 5772, 6/24/2012

      Southern Resident: We Are STILL Waiting for an Answer!

      by Tamar Yonah

      PM Binyamin Netanyahu has a lot on his mind and a lot to juggle.  The Iranian Nuclear Threat, Missiles on the South, Jewish Communities in Judea & Samaria (to demolish or not?), the 'Social Justice' protests in Tel Aviv, etc. etc. etc.   Many would agree that the biggest threat against Israel is its total annihilation if Iran were to successfully launch weapons of mass destruction against the entire State of Israel.  Does the Prime Minister think that he needs the International Community on his side to take care of the Iranian threat?  Is he afraid of an 'escalation' in the south if he takes care of the terrorists in Gaza 'once and for all'?  Is he afraid if he opens up a real war front on the Gaza strip that (besides the Hamas) Hezbollah and other enemies of Israel will jump in and escalate it to a wider major Middle Eastern war?  And if so, is this why he comes out with statements that he must [only] return security to Israel (meaning the status quo?) as opposed to, "We will destroy the enemy completely and thus its threat against our citizens in Israel, once and for all" ?

      I don't have to add anything to this open letter to the Prime Minister of Israel, sent to me from Miriam Goodman, a resident of southern Israel.  

      Tamar

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      Still Waiting for an Answer
      June 24/ 2012
      Shalom Mr. Netanyahu, Shavua Tov
      My name is Miriam Goodman and my family and I live in Ma’agalim, 10
      kms from Gaza. We, who live in the South are always under the threat
      of a barrage of missile being fired at us from Gaza.
      Would you or anyone in The Prime Minister’s Office, please explain
      why I have not received as much as an acknowledgement that the two
      letters I sent to you on March 11,2012 and April 17, 2012 via this link
      have been received. http://www.pmo.gov.il/PMOEng
      I am so fed up with the in action of you and your government.
      I feel that the government considers the residents of the South
      second class citizens and not worthy of immediate attention. Forget
      the cease fire, it is just a ploy. Send the IDF in to clean up Gaza.
      Enough already! School is out in a couple of days and our children and
      grandchildren won’t be able to play outside, have fun in an outdoor
      pool or behave like normal children on vacation. They have to be
      always on alert for a siren.
       Our children and elderly are suffering. It is time for you to end our
      nightmare….
      I am sending you a copy of my April 17th and original letter dated
      March 11th.
      Sincerely yours
      Miriam Goodman (see Miriam's Blog HERE)
      Ma’agalim
      ----------------------------------------------

      April 17, 2012
      Shalom Mr. Netanyahu
      On March 11/ 2012 via this link http://www.pmo.gov.il/PMOEng I sent
      you a letter regarding the rocket attacks in the South. My family and I
      live in the Negev and have been on the receiving end of grad missiles
      for years.
      As of today, I have not received as much as an acknowledgement that
      you received my letter. I understand that you are a very busy man but
      I sure you have a secretary that answers your mail. I would hate to
      think that you have chosen to ignore e-mail that comes from citizens
      of the South.
      Just in case you did not receive my original letter I am resending it to
      you.
      ------------------------------------------------

      March 11/ 2012
      Shalom Mr. Netanyahu
      I am writing to you as a resident of the south, my family lives in
      Ma’agalim. We, the residents are being held hostage by the kassamim
      and grad missile barrage that is presently being carried out by the
      Palestinian terrorists who live in Gaza.
      As a tax paying Israeli citizen, Mr. Prime Minister, I would like to know
      what you and your government are doing to put a stop to this terror
      for once and for all.
      We have had enough lip service from you…time for real action. We
      have the best army in the world. Our chayalim and chayalot are very
      dedicated young men and women. Time to show the arabs what
      dedicated chayalim who love our country can do.
      Know one likes or wants war but sometimes this is the only answer.
      To the Palestinians, dialogue is considered as weakness, they only
      understand brute force.
      You must order Barak to give the order to the IDF to clean up Gaza
      and not leave until the job is totally finished. If Barak refuses to send
      in the troops, fire him! You are the prime minister and not him. The
      buck stops at your desk.
      Let me tell you what it is like to live in the south…we are always
      waiting for the other shoe to drop…. seven of my grandchildren, also
      live in Ma’agalim have known so much terror in their young lives.
      I couldn’t care less what Obama, Clinton, the U.N. or any other world
      leader has to say and you shouldn’t either. It is your job to keep us
      safe. The pals don’t want peace, you know that…they want every piece
      of Israel with all of us floating in the sea. Time to standup and show
      them who is boss.
      Trusting you will do the right thing and clean up Gaza.
      Sincerely yours
      Miriam Goodman
      Ma’agalim