WITH rockets flying overhead, I spent one day traveling the South of Israel meeting organic farmers, ‘kibbutzniks’ living at the border of Israel and Gaza, residents of Sderot, the MDA (Israel’s Red Cross) of Ashdod and an IDF representative. Never before have I felt more inspired and proud to be Jewish. Never before have the “amcha” of Israel — the people who make up the fabric of this society — touched me so deeply.
This week, I will share a glimpse into only just one of those meetings. It lasted all of 10 or 15 minutes.
This summer’s war, Operation Protective Edge, got off to a controversial and tense start. I am not referring to a political atmosphere, rather to a journalistic one. At the beginning of the war Gideon Levy of Ha’aretz, in very poor judgment, penned a distasteful column, encouraging (in a time of war, no less, when soldiers were putting themselves in harm’s way in service of their country) the Israel Air Force (IAF) to disobey military orders and not bomb Gaza.