Dear Palestinian Shooter...How Exactly Did you Miss?

Paula R. Stern,

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Paula R. Stern
Paula R. Stern is CEO and founder of WritePoint Ltd., a leading technical writing company offering documentation services and training seminars. She made aliyah in 1993 when her oldest son was 6 years old. In March 2007, Elie entered the Artillery Division of the Israeli army and Paula began writing about her experiences as A Soldier"s Mother. The blog continues as Elie moved on to Reserve Duty, her second son, Shmuel served in Kfir and continues as her youngest son David now serves in Givati. She recently opened a publishing house, helping other authors fulfill their dream to publish. Links to the Author's blogs: * A Soldier"s MotherPaulaSays Israel Blogger...

Dear Palestinian Shooter,

Happy Ramadan.

I can tell by the news each day that your people are having a wonderful month. Just days into it and already they've hit dozens of cars and buses, one man beaten to death, several stabbed, and repeated attacks on the light rail in Jerusalem proving, yet again, that the engineer who decided to send the light rail through the Arab neighborhood of Shuafat was an idiot.

You have exploded bombs around the world that have killed a few hundred and shot fireworks at a bunch of 18 and 19 year old unarmed kids playing basketball. Celebrated jihad in France with the beheading of one man, dozens murdered in Tunisia...and here in little Israel, I have to hand it to you - you've tried very hard to murder and maim.

Rockets fired, trains, buses, fireworks, knives, stoning attacks...and now, in the greatest of all mysteries, you fired around 20 bullets at an ambulance, managing to hit on both sides of the driver...and still miss him. My first thought when I saw the video and listened to the driver showing the results of your attack, was "how the heck did you miss?"

It takes talent, it really does, to get so close and still miss so well. I mean - most people either hit the car and kill the person, or miss the car completely. You managed to hit the ambulance and STILL not kill the person.

But then, the ambulance driver explained it perfectly, and during your holy month of Ramadan no less.

"This is ambulance number six-nine of Jerusalem," the driver begins as he holds the video camera (probably his phone) and focuses on the ambulance.

At this point, my oldest son pointed out that this is a regular ambulance, not one that is bullet proof. Of course, we have those too here in Israel because this isn't the first time Palestinians have fired on our ambulances.

And, at this point, my youngest son pointed out that, "and it isn't like we only help Jews. Ambulances help Arabs all the time." Given that David, like Elie, is a regular volunteer for the ambulance - and both have been called into Azariya and other Arab neighborhoods, he should know.

"A few minutes ago," the driver continues, unaware that both my sons are trying to explain things to me, "a terrorist who was standing on the side of the road fired. We see here the locations of the "hits". He fired four shots; there were a lot more."

This is where my oldest son points out that security forces found no less than 19 casings - 19 shots least five struck the ambulance.

"There are three shots that entered here near the front door and another one in the back," the ambulance driver continues...because at that moment, just minutes after the attack, what really matters to him is that you missed, not how many you fired at him.

He circles to the front of the ambulance where you can clearly see a bullet hole in the front windshield "and the exit point, here, close to the driver's head, and that was me, [he says with a bit of an embarrassed laugh] and another exit point here with the bullet still stuck in the door."

At this point, he focuses in where you can see a bullet-shaped bump pushing outwards. Having gone through one thick metal door, the bullet was slowed down enough that it became impaled just behind the driver's door. It missed him by a few...a very few...inches. 

And then, as we stare at the ambulance in utter shock that you managed to miss him, the driver offers the truth, dear Palestinian shooter, to how the heck you failed to hit him.

"And blessed is God, we came out of this because of a miracle and I believe, maybe, it was a reward for how we work to save lives."

That is the story of this driver, who went home to his family last night. It is very likely that this weekend, he will go to synagogue and say a special prayer thanking God for saving his life; if he is married, his wife will have already said her own thanks for the blessing of not being a widow today.

And you, dear Palestinian shooter, I would like to remind you of what the Hamas spokesperson said over the summer when confronted with the fact that thousands of rockets had been fired at Israel, nearly all of them falling in open fields. The Hamasnik said that they had fired true and well, but that "the God of Israel" kept pushing their rockets to open fields.

The truth is that yesterday, you fired true and well, gave it your very best shot. No one could expect more - you hit the front passenger door no less than three times. One bullet traveled THROUGH the ambulance, which thankfully did not have someone sitting in the front passenger seat, and the bullet whizzed right past the driver's head to exit through the front window.

And another bullet traveled THROUGH the ambulance, which thankfully did not have any patient in the rear...and managed to hit mere inches behind the driver's seat. You could not have come closer before reaching utter failure if you tried...

And, as the driver said, I will say to you. For all that you tried, the God of Israel was watching and protected this man who works to save lives, just as God is forever working to protect Israel.

Blessed is the God of Israel, Who forever watches over His people. He never sleeps; He never slumbers...

So, if your fellow terrorists are asking you, "how the heck did you fire FIVE or more bullets into an ambulance and MISS the driver?" tell them - it was, and always will be, by the hand of God. God's will...God's miracle.

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