Intermountain Jewish News

Oct 04th

Diary from former shaliach, Shaul Amir

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Shaul Amir‘The fighting could have been over by now if we would use the same tactics our enemies use’

July 18. Just came out of the secure room. The longest siren since the beginning. Three interceptions of the Iron Dome above us. Thinking of the absurdity of this round of violence. We started the ground offensive for humanitarian reasons. Yes, it sounds crazy but hear me out.

We have the ability to flatten the Gaza Strip from the air (remember what happened to Dresden in the Second World War?), but we do not do it because it is morally wrong. Thousand of uninvolved civilians can get killed, after all they are serving against their will as human shields. Since we cannot and will not do it from the air, we are now putting the lives of our soldiers on the line in order to save the lives of uninvolved Palestinians by searching for the tunnels on the ground and engaging the Az A din El Kassam terrorists on the ground, while they keep on targeting our cities with their missiles.

If this is not madness, I do not know what madness is. I am proud to be an Israeli these days more then ever. Perhaps others can take some morality lessons from us, including the Russians, Syrians, Afghans, Iraqis, Serbs, and even some western democracies.

July 20. Life is made of small things and sometime when we are surrounded by big tragedies we tend to put aside our “small world” problems as they look petty and unimportant.

Well, to me, what is important today is that my daughter and grandchildren that came to Israel for their summer holiday from Amsterdam cut their stay short and are returning. They did not have summer holiday with their family.

What is important to me is the fact that my son was out for a short breather with his youngest daughter in the park near their home and when the siren sounded, he ran with her to the nearest building trying to find shelter while a debris of the rocket fell just half a mile from him.

Shaul Amir is with Assaf Harofeh Hospital. To help them save life and protect life donate via their website, Assaf Harofeh Donations.

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