|Iron Dome at Work|
Israel is currently under attack by Hamas. There have been over 1200 rockets have fallen in Israel including in Tel Aviv. At least 6 Israelis have died including a father and daughter in Lod. Sadly, Israel’s targeted military response has also resulted in the deaths of innocent Palestinians as well.
There are many competing narratives to the question of why now? Much of it has to do with an opportunistic terror organizations in Hamas and Islamic Jihad that is funded in part by Iran. A weakened Palestinian Authority that has once again cancelled elections in the West Bank out of fear that they might lose to a terrorist organization. In addition there is no functioning Israeli government which has undergone four elections with no clear consensus over the past two years.
The reality is the recent developments in Israel, Gaza, and the West bank are incredibly complex and do not fit into a simple narrative. It has been a confluence of events over the past few weeks and months including observances and celebrations that has brought out extreme nationalistic reactions.
What we do know is these rockets are more powerful and more accurate than ever before. The Iron Dome defense system is at least 90% accurate, but that means at least 100 rockets have managed to get past Iron Dome leading to significant destruction, disruption, and loss of life.
Many of us have family and friends who live in Israel. Some of us agree with the policies of the State of Israel and some of us vehemently disagree with those same policies. Regardless of those feelings, what I hope we can all agree on is that we stand with Israel and call for an end to the violence speedily and soon.
Our prayers are with all those who are suffering as well as for a real peace in the region where all can not only sit under their own vine and fig, but where all can also prosper safely and freely
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At this moment, those of us who live in the West and whose hearts are in the East mourn the loss of life, feel the pain of all who are cowering in fear, and send our prayers and wishes for an end to the violence and for quiet to be restored.
As Rabbi Nico Sokolovsky wrote: