Hamas members are seen close up during a press conference in the Gaza Strip last week..
A couple of days before the government authorized Operation Protective Edge, former security minister and Shin Bet head Avi Dichter took a tour of Sderot. “I live in Ashkelon and I go to meet friends in Sderot. I was there when the ‘red alert’ siren went off and I saw the people and saw a ghost city….[this is] what it means to have today more than half a million Israelis living in a war of attrition… The government must take responsibility.”Dichter was born in Ashkelon, the son of Holocaust survivors. He still lives in his hometown, which continues to suffer from rockets from Gaza.