My Personal Account: Rocket on Tel-Aviv

I haven’t written here in a long time. Life, and mostly school, took up too much time and slowly it became harder to write here. It came to the point, where I didn’t find the time to gather all the data for the “Rockets Fired into Israel” monthly account that I usually post. Mainly, because, there was more data than usual.

But now things are different. Tonight I experienced the rockets for myself. And my experience was so small and little compared to what the people of Israel’s south live – actually live with, on a weekly and sometimes daily basis – that I only now understand how all I’ve said about their terrible realities was something I could never understand and could never get across on paper.

I was at my school – the University of Tel-Aviv – tonight at 06:35 PM when a siren was heard. We started barely gathering our stuff and quickly running to the shelter. Waiting there, counting the minutes, hearing the sirens and fearing if it’s okay to walk out were the most terrifying moments imaginable. Walking outside, being outside at a bus station waiting to go home was the kind of fear that truly deserves the words terror. People of Sderot and Israel’s south in general – I applaud you for being able to live with this for so many years.

Maybe I should back up, but I assume you’ve already heard about the operation in Gaza. You might have also heard that it’s because (which it isn’t) Israel taking down Hamas’ military chief of staff (or head of terrorists, if you’d like). The truth is there were 3 round of escalation started by Palestinian terrorists in the last month alone. There were 110 rockets fired into Israel before this operation. Even when Israel didn’t retalite, the rockets kept on coming and hiting Israeli cities.

12,000 rockets have been fired over 12 years onto Israeli population. Today, hopefully for one-time only, two rockets were fired towards Tel-Aviv and thankfully missed populations. If you’ve never felt it before, you don’t know why it’s called terror!

So just to make things clear, here are a few facts about the matter –

In 2005, Israel withdrew completely from Gaza.

More rockets, more often, hit Israel following said withdrawl.
Palestinian Terrorists continued in their efforts to hurt Israeli civilians and attack Israeli soldiers.

In June 2006, one of many cross-border attacks ended with the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier.

In 2007, Hamas took over the Gaza Strip with a violent coup, killing and torturing Fatah members who ran to Egypt and Israel for sanctuary.

Following said events, Israel implemented in 2007 a land blockade designed to seize and capture weapons shipped to Gaza terrorists and used against Israeli citizens daily.

Since Israel’s full unilateral withdrawal from Gaza, about 10,000 rockets were fired onto Israeli citizens.

In December 2008, the situation has become unbearable and Israel launched an offensive against Gaza terrorists (who were walking among civlian population, dressed as civilians and used civlians as human sheilds).

In 2009, following the offensive, Israel implemented a naval blockade as well.

In 2010, most of the land restrictions were lifted and only the naval blockade remained in place as a policy to simply check what enters the strip and prevent shippments of weapons (some of which sent from Iran to Gaza or Lebanon were captured). At any given day, Hamas is using less trucks than Israel offers to bring supplies into the strip. Gaza is inflicted corruption by the oppressors known as Hamas, not a blockade!

Rocket fire into Israel has once again become unbearable.

Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Popular Resistance Committee and more are the TERROR groups in the strip who force the people of Gaza to live in constant war of Israel for the simple truth –

Their declared ambition is to demolish Israel as a whole!

They are terrorists, with no disregard to lives – the lives of the people of Gaza or the lives of the people they fire upon daily with the hope of killing as much as possible.

My personal hope is that deterance would be reached soon. That the fighting would end. That they’d get the message and realize they’d better take care of their people by supplying them safety, stability and food, rather than hatred, incitement and war;  And that these rocket fire would stop!


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3 Responses to “My Personal Account: Rocket on Tel-Aviv”

  1. Raaj Says:

    Ori my friend, it’s been a really long time. I hope you and your family are safe and doing well. I have been following the conflict in Israel via the media and sincerely hope that Israel is able to get peace again. My prayers and condolences for the brave Israeli soldiers who lost their lives. Personally, I believe Israel has every right to defend herself with whatever force required. Keep in touch.


    • Ori Lentzitzky Says:

      Hi Raaj,
      It has been a long time. Good to hear from you again. I hope you’ll see this 🙂

      I haven’t been updating my blog so much for the past years, due to personal life overload (mostly, school stuff…)

      Thanks for your concern and prayers. I am doing fine, and my family is doing fine as well. We have overall experienced about a dozen sirens so far, which is nothing. People living near Gaza have suffered so many (some communities have already exceeded 1,000 rockets and mortar shells fired onto them. It is insane).

      The situation is just maddening. It is impossible to live like this. The city of Sderot in Israel has been the focus of many acadmic studies – no other city in the western world has lived with rockets being fired at them and having only 15 seconds to take cover for over 14 years now. The levels of stress and anxiety children are going through is overwhelming. A 13 years old child in the area of up to 7 km from the Gaza Strip has no idea what life is without always having to think of those 15 seconds. When you sleep, when you take a shower (A siren once caught me in the shower, I had no idea what to do. Came out all wet and naked, with a towel, trying to not slip as I think of where to take cover).

      Problem is it seems everyone’s looking for a quick-fix solution as always. Quiet now, let Hamas and the other factions gather more rockets and ammunition (and build more underground tunnels), and then they’ll strike again in a matter of a year or two, tops. It’s past infuriating. It’s just sad.

      Good to hear from you and thanks again 🙂

  2. Raaj Says:

    Good to hear from you Ori. I’m glad you and your family are safe. Well, you’re right, Hamas will keep quiet for a while, then regroup and arm themselves with funds from foreign donors and once again get ready to attack. It will never end. 😦 This is so unfortunate. You know Ori, I have never experienced a war zone, but I can imagine the stress and horror you are going through each day. I just wish that one day Israel is let to live in peace. Btw, if you have an email address via which we could correspond, let me know. You have my email address. Sometimes, I have to check myself before writing on a public site.

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