In the past 12 years, over 14,000 rockets from Gaza were fired into Israel targeting civilians; often children going to or coming home from school. Residents have been traumatized, maimed and killed from ongoing rocket attacks. Israeli President Shimon Peres said, "Our enemies are terrorists who operate without reason. While Israel desires peace, Israel will do whatever is necessary to protect its citizens."
Can people from Lodi imagine being attacked daily by rockets from Woodbridge? Gaza is a mere 5 miles away from Ashkelon, Israel, a city of over 100,000 people.
Recently, in the middle of a military operation with Israeli cities pounded by rockets day and night, Israel continued to provide electricity and water to Gaza, as well as medical care for Palestinians.
Hamas terrorists shot rockets from Shifa Hospital, disregarding the safety of their own people. Israelis did not return fire because they knew Gaza needed the hospital.
Hamas deliberately targeted Israeli civilians, firing over 1,500 rockets in one week, often shooting rockets from residential areas — sometimes shooting their own citizens.
Israeli jet fighters had numerous chances to fire in Gaza. When they looked inside buildings and saw there was the possibility of children being present, 500 of these attacks were not made.
After the ceasefire, the No. 2 person in Hamas, Musa Abu Marzook, told the Associated Press: "We'll continue attacking because violence is the only way to get concessions." Within days of ceasefire, Iran was arming Hamas.
A reminder: The Mideast is not the Midwest!