Shaul Amir

July Diary of an Israeli – Part 2

Shaul Amir
Shaul Amir

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 sound 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 civilian can get killed, after all they are serving against their will as human shields. Since we can not and will not do it from the air, we are now, putting the life of our soldiers on the line in order to save the life 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. What disturbs me today is the fact that when he was seeking shelter, his two other daughters were with us in the secure room and his wife was panicking not knowing if we are all well.

Yes, I know that in comparison with the pain of the families who lost their dear ones on both sides it all seams redundant, but this is my daily reality now and it also hurts, even if in a different way.
I am just looking for different days that are filled with blossoming flowers and not smoke and fires.

July 21.

Took our daughter and grandchildren to the airport. They went back to Amsterdam. On the way back home, on Highway 1 I noticed the digital sign that is supposed to report traffic jams. The notice read: “when siren sound, stop your car and lie on the ground”. We live in a surreal reality.

Just heard that today we lost another seven officers and soldiers which totals the number of our fallen soldiers to 25. There is heavy fighting in Gaza, discovering attack tunnels leading to Kibbutzim around Gaza in order to perform massacre of children and woman and possibly kidnap some. We are very lucky that our soldiers discovered most of the tunnels before they could use them. The fighting could have been over by now if we would use the same tactics our enemies use. The pictures you see on your screens are of uninvolved Palestinian citizens forced by Hamas to stay in their home or risk destruction of their home by Hamas. We do not intentionally harm civilians and if they get hurt or killed is for the fact that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time despite repeated Israeli warnings to vacate the area. Hamas has no regard for the life of their own people who are held hostages as human shields. They say that they love death more then the Israelis love life.

My hospital started to receive wounded soldiers from the battlefield today. We had a couple of sirens today but could not move them to a protected space. We do need to build the underground emergency hospital and we need your help to do it. Please share this post with as many people as you can. May be we will be able to raise the funds for the emergency underground hospital with the help of many.

Checks can be made to the order of American Friends of Assaf Harofeh Medical Center and send to:

American Friends of Assaf Harofeh Medical Center
12367 E. Cornell Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014

In light of the situation and the understanding that people are now donating via credit cards in secure websites and through PayPal, we are now offering the opportunity to do so via this link.

We are in dire need for an Underground Emergency Hospital to be ready for the next round, may it be from the north or the south. please go to the site below and help us save life and ptotect life.

Suffice it to say that we are a 501(c)3 for tax purposes.  Any help will be appreciated.

July 22.

We just heard that the Hamas snatched the body of one of our soldiers a couple of nights ago after the fierce battle in the Sagaiya neighborhood. How low can one get and how far can hate carry a human being to desecrate a body of a soldier in order to negotiate a return of a body which is what they intend doing. How low can a whole society get when hearing about it, in the Palestinian towns at the West Bank (Judea and Samaria), by going out to the streets to celebrate. No value for life and no respect for the dead.

As for Israel, the soldier Shon Carmeli Z”L who was a “lone” soldier and was killed a couple of days ago was buried last night in Haifa. His parents came from the States for the funeral to be with his two sisters who live in Israel. The good people of Israel that felt that he deserve more than a small funeral with only his immediate family, called the public to come to the funeral. Over 20,000 Israelis came to pay their last respects. People who did not know him, from all over Israel and from all walks of life.  This is our strength!!!

About Shaul Amir

Shaul Amir has served two terms as Shaliach to the Denver area from Israel, the most recent combined with directing Allied Jewish Federation's Israel Center from 2002 to 2007. He and his wife Kika now live outside Tel Aviv and enjoy welcoming visitors from Colorado to Israel.

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