Tel Aviv Pedestrians Speak in Shadow of Missile Threat
Arutz-7 took to Tel Aviv's Rabin Square and Shuk HaCarmel open-air market to find out what people think about the missile threat and whether their politics have shifted as a result.
By Ezra HaLevi
First Publish: 7/20/2006, 2:50 PM / Last Update: 7/19/2006, 11:41 AM
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(Photos: Josh Shamsi, Arutz-7 Photojournalist
Aliza, Tel Aviv: Yes I'm worried but staying no matter what. I was born here, have 8 kids and 17 grandchildren in Tel Aviv. I was against the Disengagement and hope the attacks will change people's minds. We must bury the terrorists in their holes.
Hila, Tel Aviv: Missiles might come here. I am nervous. I supported the Disengagement and think we should continue withdrawals - but the situation in the north must stop. On the other hand, I don't support killing people - but we must stop [the missiles].
Yuval, Tel Aviv: I'm not worried about rockets and won't leave even if they are fired. I supported the Disengagement and support more withdrawals as well.
Limont, non-Jewish tourist from S. Africa: Very worried about missiles. I'm actually leaving today for Egypt because of it. I support all Israeli withdrawals for peace and think Israel is overreacting in Lebanon.
Shai & Amir, Haifa: Shai (left) supported Disengagement and is unaffected by having to flee Haifa. Next withdrawal should be bilateral. Amir: Ambivalent to withdrawal but now think it was a bad idea. It triggered this, but nobody could know.
Zev, Tel Aviv: Not worried about rockets because I believe in G-d and think His will is final. I didn't publicly support the Disengagement, and knew in my heart it would bring missiles, but we Jews can't sit still, we always have to try something.
Shahar, Tel Aviv: I'm not afraid, I prayed this morning (and every morning). I was against withdrawal - all my friends were too. I'm certain supporters will change their minds due to all the victims resulting from the Disengagement.
Fayina, Ashdod, Aliyah from Ukraine 10 years ago: Nervous about rockets. Supported the Disengagement, but support the war in the north more and don't know about supporting future withdrawals. Important thing is quiet and family.
Merav, Tel Aviv: Don't care about missiles - don't scare me. We have gotten used to the situation. You could say I supported the Disengagement and support further withdrawals - the main thing is we have to protect our soldiers.
Name Unknown: "HaMatzav Batata!" (Literally, "The situation is a sweet potato!")
Herzl, Be'er Sheva: I spent 25 years in the army so I'm not afraid of anything, including missiles. I supported Disengagement and that hasn't changed, I support more withdrawals. We should hit Hizbullah and not the Lebanese.
Aviva Mani, Tel Aviv: Missiles don't phase me. I'm the 7th generation from Jews living in Hevron. I was against all the retreats. Former PM Barak ran from Lebanon. The missiles will of course change people's minds.
Shimon, Bat Yam: I'm not worried. I am here to give people music. My job is to make an honest living and make people happy.
Yakov, Tel Aviv: Let them shoot! Ahalan Wasahalan. I'm not afraid. I was against the withdrawal. Our left wing here are insane - a fifth column. They care not a wink about Jewish deaths, but the whole world about Arab inconvenience.
Tzachi, Eilat: I'm not afraid, we are strong. I supported the Disengagement, support the war and support Convergence - even now.
Orit, Noa, Idan & Yuval, Haifa: Prepared to leave Haifa, sirens went off and missiles fell while we were in shelters. We came to Tel Aviv to be safe, but will go home if missiles fall here. My son in the army said we should support Disengagement so we did
Reuven, Tel Aviv: Missiles won't reach Tel Aviv. If they did, though, they wouldn't change my mind that withdrawals are the right way to go.
Hussein, Ramle (Arab Chairman of Shuk HaCarmel): Nobody's worried about missiles - Scuds fell here. The nation must defend its citizens. Rockets could have hit mosques in Acco and Haifa, prove Shiite way not true Islam, but just brainwashed by Iran.
Yom-Tov, Modiin: No chance missiles will hit Tel Aviv. Was for Disengagement, but don't understand what Convergence really is, it doesn't seem like a real plan, especially now.
Raffi, Givatayim: I believe in G-d and rely on our soldiers so I'm not worried. If they hit us we will ensure they forget the light of the sun. Ah, withdrawals - the people living in the territories are strong, really special. I hope they hold on tight.
Deddy, Tel Aviv: Not worried here, but worried for my sister who is serving in an absorption center in Tzfat. I thought the Disengagement and further withdrawals are good because we shouldn't rule over another people.
Avi, Tel Aviv: I'll stay, there is no point in being afraid. My dad is in Haifa and can't be bothered to go down to the shelter. I was against Disengagement - knew it would bring this. I'm sure it automatically changes people's minds to have missiles fall
Faraj, Holon: I'm not afraid - if it is written a person will die, that's it. I wasn't for the Disengagement - there are those who will change their minds now, but many who won't. The main thing is not to be afraid.
Go'el Ratzon, Tel Aviv: I am not afraid - this has always been the price for living in Israel. My father fought in the underground, the Irgun. Nothing changes.
(Photos: Josh Shamsi, Arutz-7 Photojournalist