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Thursday, November 15, 2012

We're okay, thanks!

I've lost track of the emails, SMSs, PMs, and comments asking if we are okay.

The answer is yes... but as a country, it is going to be a rough night. Rockets have been confirmed landing in Tel Aviv, as well as most communities in the south.

Russia is saying our attack on Gaza is disproportionate. To them I have two words: Chechnya, bitch! I don't ever want to hear the word 'disproportionate' coming out of a Russian's mouth unless he's prepared to have his teeth kicked in.

So far massive numbers of reserves have been called up, and the roads are clogged with tank carriers bringing Merkavas down from the Golan. In the mean time, the air force continues to pound high value targets in Gaza to soften things up for the nearly inevitable ground incursion.

I don't know many people in Tel Aviv, but the few I do are near and dear to my heart... so please take what I'm about to say with that in mind: I am sort of glad that the Gaza terrorists have finally taken out their long range missiles. It's not that I want anyone to be hurt, but too many of this country's decision makers live in and around Tel Aviv. Unfortunately, this means that they are a little too willing to let 'colorful' places like Kiryat Shmoneh and Sderot take a beating while the decision makers make a show of not being hasty with their responses.

Now that rockets are falling on lily white Tel Aviv you can bet there will be no leisurely weighing of options or 'let's wait and see where this latest attack goes...'.

In short, we might finally get to see an old fashioned Israeli ass-kicking... The kind that used to provide years worth of deterrence, not weeks.

Posted by David Bogner on November 15, 2012 | Permalink

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It has always amazed and appalled me that the world expects Israel to sit on its hands while its enemies send rockets to strike at civilian (or any!) areas on a daily basis. There is not one single sovereign nation on this planet that would not be expected to defend itself under such circumstances... except of course Israel.

May everyone be safe and may our enemies be humbled.

Posted by: Elisson | Nov 15, 2012 8:54:19 PM

Thinking of you... am yisrael chai

Posted by: Chantal | Nov 15, 2012 9:11:07 PM

Ditto to what Elisson said!

Posted by: ProphetJoe | Nov 15, 2012 9:20:53 PM

"Chechnya, bitch!" Brilliant!

Posted by: Griffin | Nov 15, 2012 9:48:16 PM

Well said ... stay safe!!

Posted by: Yaron | Nov 15, 2012 10:03:36 PM

The number of reserves we are hearing about here is 30,000. Also, I am not convinced they are necessarily aiming for a ground incursion. From whats coming out of Barak's office, it sounds like they are looking to destroy the rocket capability and they have a good idea where to find what they need. We shall see, in the meantime, stay safe. Oh, and while your at it, you'll never believe which country condemned Israel's use of force against civilians. Would you believe, Syria?

Posted by: Jordan Hirsch | Nov 15, 2012 10:40:51 PM

Proportionality is one of the worst possible ways of waging war. The definition of proportionality is roughly "extend the war for as long as possible, or forever."

When waging war against an intractable enemy, you use all the means at your disposal to end it as quickly as possible. And in the long run, that saves lives on both sides.

Posted by: Mark | Nov 15, 2012 11:47:23 PM

We're thinking of you and praying for Israel.

Posted by: Beth | Nov 16, 2012 12:34:10 AM

"It has always amazed and appalled me that the world expects Israel to sit on its hands while its enemies send rockets to strike at civilian (or any!) areas on a daily basis. There is not one single sovereign nation on this planet that would not be expected to defend itself under such circumstances... except of course Israel."

If the rockets are going to hit Tel Aviv, let's hope they'll mess up few foreign embassies. I bet the tone would change rather quickly.

Posted by: finngoy | Nov 16, 2012 9:47:59 AM

We just heard that an explosion went off in Efrat. Hope your community is safe.

Posted by: Jaime Selvin | Nov 16, 2012 5:15:57 PM

Maybe some of those same TA residents will change their mind on providing power and goods to Gaza while they rocket Israeli civilians.

Posted by: ED | Nov 16, 2012 6:28:05 PM

Even the EU is condemning Hamas.

Posted by: Jordan Hirsch | Nov 16, 2012 11:27:08 PM

Hey you got targeted right there in Jerusalem. Welcome to the club! Actually, I vote to disband the club :) Hope you and yours are doing okay and had a good Shabbat!

Posted by: Yaeli | Nov 17, 2012 6:04:24 PM

Are there secret missile guidance systems that can redirect them to hitting the mosque in Jerusalem. (bar missing the Kotel ... of course).

Posted by: jaime | Nov 18, 2012 2:17:47 AM

Stay safe. We're praying for you.

Posted by: psachya | Nov 18, 2012 7:53:10 AM

I think it's time you recycled this post. It's July 21, 2014, and Russia just urged for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Posted by: a. | Jul 21, 2014 8:22:37 PM

Preaching to the choir. Nobody else gives a shit.

Posted by: Treppenwitz | Jul 22, 2014 12:05:11 AM

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