November 13, 2012

140 Rockets (and counting) and no Response?

In the last 48 hours, a total of 140 rockets have been fired into southern Israel from enemy territory in Gaza. Schools have been cancelled, businesses have been closed and tens of thousands of Jews are living in bomb shelters as I type these words. 140 rockets.

Earlier in the day I asked 7 random people at a coffee shop in Herziliya Pituach what they felt should be done. As you know, Herziliya Pituach is not known as a place for extreme, rightwing, militants. I must add that all 7 of these people; 5 men and 2 women, were not religious Jews. With that background, here are their answers:

1) "Give them a 2 hour warning and then bomb the heck out of Gaza."

2) "Nuke them. If a million die, that's not my problem."

3) "Send in the army with all its might and end this problem once and for all."

4) "Bomb them day and night." (This women didn't agree with the 2 hour warning of the first guy)

5) "Bomb the people responsible". I then explained to this fellow that "the people responsible" hide among children, schools and hospitals and that a proper military strike will kill many innocent civilians, especially children. His answer was, "That's OK with me."

6) "If we truly have the nuclear bomb, now is the time to use it since it will solve the Gaza problem and also send a strong message to Iran."

7) "Send in the air force and let them drop bombs until they have nobody left to bomb."

I promise you that these were the responses. Now, let's review. Of the 7 people, we have 4 in favor of bombing Gaza, 1 who wants to send in the army and 2 who want to nuke the place. Nobody said that we should complain to the UN, call Obama for help or issue strongly worded condemnations. They all want serious action and they want it now. I will be the first to admit that this was not a scientific poll but 7 out of 7 Herziliya Pituach coffee shop people want to level Gaza??? That is significant.

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