57SECONDS is the amount of time we have in Beersheva, Israel from when we hear a rocket alert siren to the time a rocket explodes in our city or is shot down by the Iron Dome missile defense system.
Event: Negev Conference in Sderot 2014
“We have turned the Negev and Beersheva into the cyber capital of the Eastern Hemisphere,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his speech to the Sixth Negev Conference in Sderot. “We are in the midst of a revolution that is turning the Negev into a thriving center, not a periphery or branch, into a bustling center of Israel.”
“I tell young men and women, ‘Go to the Negev,’ because the Negev is rising,” said Netanyahu in listing the government’s steps to develop the region. “We have invested more than NIS 10 billion in transportation infrastructures,” adding that jobs are coming to Beersheva as it becomes a global cyber center and the IDF Training Base City is built. Netanyahu also said, “In the wake of Operation Pillar of Defense, quiet – of a kind unknown in a decade – has prevailed here. There will be no trickle of rockets. My policy is clear: any firing of rockets will be met with an immediate and sharp response.”
Link to full article: http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-netanyahu-go-to-the-negev-1000925387
Hamas showed Israel their heartfelt appreciation for Israel’s agreement to a Palestinian terrorist prisoner release today in the only way they know how.
“Sirens heard in communities surrounding Strip; comes hours after Israel names 26 Palestinian prisoners set to go free, including 5 Gazans”
“Two rockets from the Gaza Strip were fired at Israel in the early hours of Monday morning, setting off sirens in Ashkelon and in areas surrounding the Strip. There were no reports of injuries or damage.”
Times of Israel story link: http://www.timesofisrael.com/iron-dome-intercepts-rocket-fired-at-ashkelon-from-gaza/
Rather than use the cement given by
#Israel as humanitarian aid for PA citizens, Hamas built a tunnel with 500 tons of cement & concrete.
“The tunnel was over five feet high and wider than a man’s shoulders. The officer suggested that a sort of vehicle might be inserted into the tunnel to whisk a (Israeli) captive back to the tunnel’s starting point in Abassan al-Sughiya. In the evocative darkness, it was easy to feel the painstaking labor of building such a tunnel, clearing earth day after day, and the anticipated jubilant sprint of Hamas operatives with the ultimate prize in hand: an Israeli body.”
Link to full story from The Times of Israel: http://fb.me/2MjLi7g4p
Rocket attacks from Gaza broke the recent calm in the South of Israel yesterday night.
I personally cleared out our safe room at home just in case the rocket siren in Beersheva sounded. Communities that are a 15 minute drive from us heard the sirens last night although we did not.
I got into a talk on Twitter with a pro-Palestinian who said that these rockets do not kill people and therefore they are not dangerous. That is total B.S.!!
#1 These type of rockets have killed people in the past.
#2 PTSD which is very common in kids and adults after these sort of attacks IS a major thing that affects us and that should not be overlooked.
#3 There is *absolutely* no such thing as a “Friendly Rocket”! They do not exist! Rockets are fired with the intent to do damage not to send love to the people on the receiving end.
#4 The warning sirens are loud as heck and can be a traumatic experience on their own. Here’s a link to a much less loud version of what we hear before and during a rocket attack here in the South of Israel. https://soundcloud.com/yoav-kaufman/grad-missile-hits-beersheva
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NYTimes.com article on last nights rocket attacks: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/25/world/middleeast/rocket-fire-from-gaza-shakes-cease-fire-with-israel.html?smid=tw-share
The “‘Code Red’ warning sirens sounded in Ashkelon and surrounding areas early Wednesday morning, an IDF spokesperson confirmed.”
“Shortly after the sirens went off, three rockets fell in open areas, landing in Palestinian areas, Israel Radio reported.”
“The rocket attack marks the first time Palestinian terrorists in Gaza have attempted to strike Israel for nearly two months.”
Breaking: A rocket fired from Gaza fell in southern Israel.
— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) April 2, 2013