December 30, 2008

News from the Front - Naomi Ragen

News from the Front

1. Eighty missiles have been fired by Hamas into Israel since this
morning. A missile hit a car in the center of Ashdod. Two young women were
critically injured, and three others wounded. A long range missile fell in
Ashkelon, killing one and injuring 9. Two of those injured are Arabs, a
Palestinian construction worker from Hebron, and a Bedouin from Rahat. They
were taken to Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon. "Rockets don't distinguish
between blood and blood," said the Hebron man's relative. The doctor caring
for them is Jewish. The hospital has moved it's patients underground and
evacuated all but the most seriously ill patients, fearing further attacks.
A Palestinian woman from Gaza, a cancer patient, cared for in Israel, is now
well enough to go home, but she can't because Gaza's gates are closed. Hamas
didn't have long range missiles until Israeli politicians (the same ones who
are now going to war) agreed to the disengagement and the ceasefire. How
many soldiers and citizens will now die for these critical misjudgments?

2. A soldier waiting in his tank on the border of Gaza, ready to roll
in: "We came from the North. We are happy to be here to defend our people
in the South."

3. Ashkelon's streets are empty tonight. Children in the affected
areas will not be returning to school.

4. A Bar Mitzvah party in Sderot was celebrating on the roof of a
building when a kassam flew right over their heads, crashing into the
building next door. The celebrants continued to rejoice. The boy read his
haftorah. Only afterwards, will he be going up North for a vacation. The
people of Sderot are filled with the different spirit. They are willing to
suffer the reprisals of the Hamas if only the IDF does it job and makes
their lives safer in the future. Unlike other towns under fire, their
streets are full.

5. The despicable demonstrations in London talking about a "holocaust"
in Gaza show once again it has become Londonstan. I pity the Brits.

6. Israeli television continues to do its best for our enemies,
interviewing a doctor from the hospital in Gaza about shortages and an
influx of patients. Let him complain to his government, who instead of
medical supplies, bought rockets to log at innocent civilians across the
border. The bombing of Dresden also killed many people. Did the Allies
broadcast pictures and interview Nazi doctors to demoralize their soldiers
and civilians from fighting? The people responsible for editing the news
should be fired.


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