On the road leading to the now famous, embattled city of Sderot in Southern Israel, trees line the road. There is talk in the van of this “linear forest” of trees intentionally planted, as in France where trees were planted to block the invading Germans and prevent them from moving forces. Here too the trees are to block the enemy in Gaza.
I am with Chanan Elias of Face of Israel and Council of Jewish Organization (COJO). We are nearing Kibbutz Alumim — an organic farming kibbutz — beyond Sderot.
As we are driving closer and closer, the startling proximity of Gaza to Sderot becomes crystal clear. It feels like it is right there outside the window of the car, because it is. Only one kilometer from Sderot, the story of these two cities has become intertwined.