ON our way to meet Rafi Babayan, chief security officer of Sdot Negev Regional Council, we kept passing signs — “Warning: Missile Area — Your Life is in Danger.”
This was my introduction to Kibbutz Alumim within the Green Line, an organic farming kibbutz bordering Gaza.
When the news reported the very real danger of tunnels being dug into kibbutz dining halls, with terrorists popping out, this is one such kibbutz. In fact, at one point while our small group was loitering, Rafi turned to us smiling, “let’s get out of here before terrorists pop out of a tunnel.”
Alumim is so close to Gaza, the two places practically graze one another.
Rafi is a veteran IDF paratrooper who, right before we arrived had seen, with no Code Red warning, the brief silvery flash of three rockets light up the sky.