As Operation Protective Edge enters its 10th day, rockets from the Gaza Strip continue to rain terror in Israel's south, with sirens wailing from Netivot to Ashkelon. Over the past few days, rockets have reached Israel's central and northern regions, too, disturbing the peace all over the country.
For the Gaza border communities this intolerable reality has been an integral part of life for more than a decade already. KKL-JNF supports the communities in Israel's south
not only in periods of extreme crisis but all the time, by assisting them in becoming firmly established and in growing. This includes land reclamation and infrastructure for residential and agricultural development, water source development and residential landscaping.
We spoke with several residents from Israel's south, to hear about how they cope under the constant shadow of Gaza rockets.
“The situation is stressful, but we are used to it already, unfortunately,” said Eyal Brandeis, who lives in Kibbutz Sufa
, only 4 kilometers away from the Gaza Strip border. He said that because they are so close, the residents do not always get to hear the warning before the missile strike. “In the other parts of Israel you hear the siren first, and then you hear the boom. Here one often hears a loud boom and only afterwards the siren.”
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