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Red-Eyed Residents in Southern Israel Resume Routine

The next day: Red-eyed southern Israelis tried to resume their normal daily routines following a night of Gaza missile and mortar attacks.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 8/25/2011, 11:04 AM

Red-Eyed Residents in the South
Red-Eyed Residents in the South
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The morning after a night of rocket and mortar attacks in southern Israel, red-eyed Israelis in southern Israel tried to resume their daily routines.

In many cases it was a difficult challenge, especially in Be'er Sheva, where near-constant air raid alerts kept residents racing for cover for most of the night.

“Don't ask me to perform brain surgery today!' wrote Bracha G., a local resident, on her Facebook page.

Goldman described how Israelis responded to the first of two Grad Katyusha attacks Wednesday evening in the city known as the “capital” of Israel's southern region, home to some 200,000 people.

“We were on the train on the way home from a lovely evening... imagine, the train the stops, the announcement of a siren, and we all lie down on the floor of the train,” she wrote.

“This is madness – why are we not responding more vigorously, and wiping out this terrorist regime once and for all?”

It's a question many are asking in the strong light of day after a 9-month-old baby and a second Israeli, an adult, were wounded during last night's attacks on the Ashkelon area.  

A total of 16 rockets and mortars rained down on southern Israel, striking communities all over the region, from the Eshkol Regional Council district, to Ofakim, Ashkelon, Netivot, Be'er Sheva and elsewhere in the western Negev.

“We are not responding because our government is afraid of what the world will say,” wrote another Facebook member. “Who cares if citizens are being terrified. “My daughter is in Soroka and she told me that the sirens and booms woke up all the babies and there was madness on the ward.”

Rabbi Lazer Brody of the Breslov Chassidic movement commented in an article published Sunday entitled “Ceasefire with Hamastan” that eight missiles were fired at Israel almost immediately following the so-called 'ceasefire' announced by the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza.

“No, you can't understand the Middle East,” Brody wrote. “The dirtiest Western street fight with chains and broken bottles is Romper Room by Gazan standards... If Israel fails to react appropriately, the Arabs will see us as paper tigers. If we do, then the magpies of the world will have excuse to regurgitate their not-so-latent hate for Jews and the Jewish nation... We've restrained ourselves enough.”

Brody advised praying, placing the trust of the nation in the One Above, “revving up the tanks,” and “moving heavy artillery into position.”