Each time I think what I'm hearing on the television news is the worst possible, then I hear something worse. A few minutes ago, there was a discussion/debate between a man and a woman, whose names I didn't catch. The woman stated very simply that she couldn't take any more of the Gazan missiles and was ready to leave her beloved home. She said that maybe if the government would see communities like hers empty out they would realize that they have to destroy the terrorists who are terrorizing them and making their lives unbearable. She was told by the man, that she was being unrealistic and weakening the country with her threats. She was told to be stronger and live with it.
Their public discussion was surreal, absolutely awful. Granted I didn't listen to every word. I found it very upsetting and was sorry that I had just posted on a related topic, which I'll copy here for you to read. Your comments on both parts are very welcome.
There have been lots of announcements by the government to those who are on "vacations" far from home to "return home. All is well." They don't even have to call the 20-30% of their neighbors who haven't left to find out how safe it is. There are "pings" during news reports on tv with information of where there were alerts to quickly scramble to a "safe room."
Imagine that you are just trying to live your life. However, terrorists constantly fire rockets at your hometown. Now imagine that you are in your kitchen cooking dinner. When the siren goes off, you only have 15 seconds to get to the shelter. Even if the shelter is in the basement and you are on the second -- or third or fourth -- floor, you still have only 15 seconds. 15 seconds that separate life from death.
This is the reality that men and women living in Israel (and not only in the south) face every day, sometimes ten times a day.
I agree with them. I'm sure that the situation would look a lot different to the government ministers who give the IDF their orders if their wives, children, parents and more were being subjected to intolerable terrorism that hundreds of thousands of Israelis have been facing. And yes, they should live in ordinary homes with inconvenient if any attached safe-room/shelter.