As I have blogged my times before, my family and I have been living in Israel for 23 years and for the past 13 years we have lived in the Negev, in the South.
The yishuv [community] where we live is 5 minutes from Netivot, 12 minutes from Sederot, half an hour from Beer Sheva and 9 kilometers [5 1/2 miles] from Gaza.
The most common question I am asked from people who do not live in Israel and some Israelis for that matter is: why do you want to live so close to Gaza? It is so dangerous. Aren’t you afraid of missiles and terror attacks?
My answer is: Why wouldn’t we want to live in the Negev? The South is a beautiful part of our country.
Just imagine living on the same land that our forefather Avraham Avinu lived. A couple of kilometers from where I live, Avraham Avinu set up his tents, made purchases from passing merchants and where his sheep grazed.
The land that we walk on today is the same land Avraham Avinu walked. Amazing!
In Parshat Breshei, my area is referred to as Gerar. Today, there is a National park on this land called Nahal Gerar
My grandchildren love to visit and walk the trails.
When we decided to live in the Negev, the arabs in Gaza were never a consideration. We are not heroes. We don’t have our head in the sand and during war time we followed the instructions of the IDF.
But on the other hand, we will never allow arabs to dictate where we live or where we go. And yes, Grad missiles have exploded in our backyard and on streets not far from us.
Hamas and company, the different factions that live in Gaza and Sinai are once again firing missiles towards the southern communities of Israel.
Our yishuv had an incoming missile warning siren two weeks ago, just as we were finishing our Shabbat meal.
Other communities have had almost nightly sirens.
Last night a rocket exploded next to a home where a family was home. B”H there wasn’t any physical injuries but there was extensive damage to the home and their car was totaled.
We have been awaken during the night to the incoming warning siren where we have only 15 seconds to go to safety. My grandchildren who live on my yishuv attend a fortified school and Yeshiva 3kms from Gaza.
I could go on and on...but I will end by saying, if you are planning a visit to Israel or planning to make Aliyah, consider visiting / living in the south. You won’t be sorry.
The Negev is a great place to raise a family and call home.
That’s all for now. Feel free to share and comment.
Post Script: I have a Facebook group page. To join our group page Klal Yisrael Under Attack Everywhere