This morning, after a Kassam rocket was fired from northern Gaza towards Sderot - less than two kilometers away as the crow flies - the members of the local grassroots anti-Kassam campaign sent a personal message to the cell phones of most of the Knesset Members. The announcement begins with a wailing Red Color siren, followed by a personal plea to the MKs to act to restore safety and security to the citizens of Sderot.
Alon Davidi, head of the task force, said, "We want the MKs to experience first-hand the intolerable fear and panic that the residents feel day in and day out when the rockets fall, sowing destruction and fear. We will continue to send the messages after every Kassam that lands in the city."
The general feeling in Sderot is that Kassam landings in the city have become commonplace, as far as the press is concerned, and that only "unusual" rocket launchings receive coverage. These include the rocket that landed near the Mayor's house, with the crash reportedly knocking him off his couch, and the two that were fired just as a post-Sukkot holiday celebration of 1,000 people was disbanding.
Many Sderot residents are planning to hold a mass protest outside the government complex next Sunday, while the Prime Minister and Cabinet ministers are convening for their weekly meeting.
Though the army has taken intermittent action against Kassam rocket launchers in Gaza, Sderot Mayor Eli Moyal has repeatedly said that nothing short of a full-scale offensive will restore full security to his beleaguered city.
Grassroots campaign chief Alon Davidi announced to the holiday crowd on Saturday night that Yisrael Beiteinu's Avigdor Lieberman should "stipulate his entry into the government upon a large-scale military incursion in Gaza which will bring an end to the Kassam attacks."
Even Public Security Minister Avi Dichter has said that the present level of offensive in Gaza is not enough. "We only hear about surgical operations, but we need to expand them," Dichter said.