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now nearly a week ago regarding the current situation in Israel. I had every intention to post it until the news I came across the other day. It was just a few days into this Operation Protective Edge that Israel had launched on the Gaza border when I began writing what I had thought. I left it in the drafts to finish up. On the tenth day of our operation, Liad called me to tell me they were taking his phone away and didn’t know for how long. When I asked him if it meant what I thought it meant, all he said was, “I don’t know exactly, they just told us to prepare for the worst.”
Unsettling, I soon had no choice but to hang up the phone.
I don’t know how this is going to affect me, and I’m not sure how I feel or what to think or to write. I just know I’d been dreading the day he would walk into a war.
Published: 07.22.14, 18:29 / Israel News
Must like Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who said on Sunday that the operation to eradicate the tunnels could take several more days, IDF commanders’ assessment on Tuesday was similar.
In the past 24 hours the troops found several tunnel shafts in one of the areas, and the objective was to try and connect them to find the main tunnel that leads under and across the border with Israel.
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IDF exposes terror tunnel
Nahal Brigade Commander, Colonel Uri Gordin, whose troops have been operating in the Strip since the ground incursion began on Thursday night, said Tuesday that the brigade’s soldiers have managed to locate most of the tunnels in their area and will destroy them.
He also noted that “most of the civilians (in the area) left so they weren’t hurt. Hamas was trying to use them as human shields.”
He went on to describe fighting against Hamas. The organization “prepared the urban area as a battle field and there’s no urban training site that could simulate that. They tried to kidnap our soldiers unsuccessfully.”
He also praised the work of the Nahal troops: “The Nahal Brigade is fighting Hamas and destroying countless terror infrastructures. The fighters are fighting fiercely. Their families have a lot to be proud of. They’ve been successful in eradicating Hamas’ presence in the area and we will continue fighting this battle until we complete our mission.”
The IDF said it exposed shafts leading to 23 tunnels since the beginning of the ground operation, and has destroyed six of them already.
A force from the Paratroopers Brigade exposed Tuesday in the southern Gaza Strip the path of the tunnel that was found leading to Israel in November 2013 near Ein HaShlosha. The troops found the tunnel with the help of intelligence, and destroyed it. The IDF said this completed the destruction of that tunnel’s path.
The IDF also said it arrested and was holding for questioning 28 terrorists.
SOURCE: YNET (English)
from spending the past two weeks in Thailand on vacation. She was landing early in the morning.
I was sleeping in from working late into the evening the day before and going to spend time with Eden, when around 10:00 in the morning Liad called me. He called me everyday whenever he could to keep me updated ensuring that he hadn’t entered Gaza. I felt more or less reassured after I’d seen him the night a ceasefire was to take place. Half awake I answered the phone and all he wanted to do was tell me that I am the reason he is able to go through with all of this. That I give him strength. And that he loves me. Immediately I asked him, “is everything okay?” Of course he answered “Yes babe. Just wanted to tell you thank you.” I didn’t think much of it as I went back to sleep after our short conversation. I came into work (having not heard any sirens while I was sleeping or on my way to work) I felt warm inside with the thought that Liad would be coming home that weekend. I texted Ziva “Welcome home” after hanging up the phone with Liad hoping that I wouldn’t have to tell her about what’s been going on lately.
When I came into work, there was talk about terrorists’ attempts to infiltrate Israel through tunnels, and a video online showing their infiltration. Immediately I realised why Liad was telling me such things earlier that morning, and why he sounded so different. In a panic, I tried frantically calling him. There was no answer. Immediately it directed me to voicemail. Hours later into the middle of the night, Israel had launched it’s long awaited ground operation, infiltrating Gaza. I cannot express the pain of disappointment that I felt. I didn’t sleep that night.
Liad Eiger: ”I’ll have in 3 hours, only 1 hour in which i can talk with u, so wait for me pls :)”
Me: ”Of course honey”
Liad Eiger: ”20 min ?”
Liad Eiger: "Break ? :)"
Me: "Ajay is on a break, I’ll call you when he comes back"
Liad Eiger: "I really need to talk to u in privet, even for 5 min, can u go outside and talk ? Not in the kitchen pls"
Me: "As soon as he comes back"
Liad Eiger: "I won’t have any time later … :("
I got up from my chair immediately and walked outside to call him. I was in the staircase when he, sounding so urgent was saying “please go somewhere private don’t be in the kitchen or something” I told him I wasn’t that I was in the staircase heading outside. As he was saying something to me and I was talking at the same time I was walking down the stairs when I pressed the button to release the door, I looked up through the glass door and noticed a guy in front of the door. I didn’t recognise him at first because he had hair and a beard. The guy looked back at me and smiled the most beautifully radiant pearly whited smile I’d ever seen. At that moment, my heart was about to leap out of my body and all over him. I pushed fervently through the door and jumped into his arms. Liad surprised me. Beyond measure. I couldn’t believe my eyes, I couldn’t believe he was standing in front of me. After a week of worrying and sitting on the edge of my seat worried that he would enter into Gaza and I wouldn’t know until I saw it in the news, and he was there in front of me.
I had so many questions and my mind was exploding over what was happening. He asked me for the keys. Then of course it dawned on me, HE WAS STAYING THE NIGHT WITH ME! I ran upstairs grabbed my keys and literally flew out the door ran back down the stairs and out back to him. As if I were running after a ghost of a dream of him.
He took me to get dinner and I ended up wanting a bagel. We sat in the cafe as he told me the stories and the order of events that happened that I’d missed while he was away from him. My eyes watered and he held me close. “Don’t worry he said, I didn’t go in and I’m right here. Everything’s okay.” I hugged him so tightly until he walked me back to the office. I gave him the keys and the instructions of how to get into the flat, and I would meet him there.
As Johnny dropped me off on Bar Kochva, I ran toward the door screaming his name as I passed the window. I got to spend the short evening with my boyfriend, asleep in his arms and waking to him early in the morning.
We went to the supermarket after brushing our teeth to pick up some food and came back to the flat where he made us both breakfast. We set the little table and sat side by side as we enjoyed our delicious meal with his music plugged into the speakers. I was so happy to have him next to me.
On his way back to base, he brought me back to the flat in Herzliya where he picked up some more of my boxes and left but not before stopping and singing along to a song on the radio through his open passenger seat window as I made my way back inside. I stopped in the doorway to watch him as he sang to me. “I’d be seeing him soon.” This weekend…as I thought.
Only after sleeping and making my way to work, coming in and sitting at the dining table in the kitchen where Mike McAllister came over and began the discussion. Then I learned there was no ceasefire. Hamas had violated it. I called Liad frantically. There was no answer. I texted him. There was no answer. I was panicking inside that I had finally had a taste of my boyfriend back, only to discover that I wouldn’t actually see him this weekend. I was afraid that he’d already entered Gaza after our wonderful evening and morning together. Stuck to the news again, I sat and waited for word from him.
He finally replied hours later to tell me that he would not be going in. I didn’t believe him. But he was convincing enough
it’s an extraordinarily trying time for Israel right now. Nearly a month ago today, 16-year-olds Naftali Fraenkel and Gilad Shaer and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrah were kidnapped in the West Bank. I remember the first time I heard the news thinking, “Why, for what purpose? They’re just kids, not even old enough to serve their country in olive green. That’s like kidnapping my brother.” It was an event that had everyone’s attention in Israel. I remember sitting in confusion for days on end as to why this was happening. Then news came that the boys tried to call police authorities (America’s equivalent 9-1-1) with a call that was cut off at the very beginning, signifying they were caught no doubt, and it was ruled out as a prank call of some sort. I remember thinking, “boy the person who picked up that call or is responsible for labelling that call as ‘bogus’ must be paying hell to the authorities” and Anne mentioned how it would be such a waste of time when the efforts could be made toward finding them.
When it was clear that there was another motive behind the kidnapping, with fingers pointing at Hamas, Israeli Defense Forces initiated Operation Brother’s Keeper which was actually conducted by Liad’s unit (which had appeared in newspapers) in search of the three teenagers (one of which is American by the way) arresting around 350 Palestinians, some of whom were among Hamas’ West Bank leaders. Prime Minister Netanyahu pinned the blame on Hamas, while Hamas praised the kidnapping but denied responsibility…
By the end of the month, the Israel Security Agency released the two suspect’s identities, whom coincidentally turned out to be Hamas militants that had gone missing since the kidnapping. By this point, they had been missing for three weeks already. During the first week, I felt confident that Israeli operations would recover the boys, and however phased and psychologically damaged, they would be alive and returning to their families. By the third week, after releasing the suspect’s identities, it was safe to assume the worst.
And then the worst happened. By the last day of June (June 30th), the three missing teenager’s bodies were found in a field near Hebron. Netanyahu publicly promised a heavy response to the “heinous attack.”
I can’t even begin to describe the feel of the country when the news broke. It was a collective of pure sadness. I remember how sick I felt when I’d heard. Never mind that they were three jewish boys in the State of Israel kidnapped by Palestinians, for what purpose exactly? Just to rage fire with fire. They were just kids. It’s the same idea as my brother and Liad’s sister and Liad getting kidnapped. It’s the same notion, if I were to put myself in a situation directly related. But these boys were defenseless.
It was a subject many weren’t willing to discuss openly because of it’s sensitivity, but was something that hit so close to home, even for me. The whole nation came together to make an appearance at their funerals, paying respects all over the country. The atmosphere of Israel as a whole was very depressing before anything.
Israelis were enraged, heartbroken and extremely emotional which set a very delicate time for Israel as a whole. It is dangerous to play on the emotions of people; we are so much more easily provoked when we are emotional. Israel had to place herself in a position to exercise extreme restraint and strength in the face of her people and her enemies.
Just a couple days later, Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir was also kidnapped and murdered in East Jerusalem. Rumours spread that those responsible for the murder were other Palestinians with the intent to ‘pin the blame on Israelis’ when in fact, it was an act of revenge by Israelis. The boy also innocent, no connection to Hamas or the previous three boys kidnappings, was entirely innocent. It was merely an act of hate and revenge. This depressed me even more to learn such. Things became so difficult and trying. Tensions were extremely high in Israel.
Today is Thursday, 10 July 2014 and we have been under attack for days now. It will be the 3rd day of Operation Protective Edge, and I am nervously keeping close contact with Liad and my heart stops every time he tells me that they are taking his cellphone away. It was only two years ago that central Israel was under threat of rockets falling, and I just don’t know where things will go from here. I am upset and restless.
It’s hard knowing someone close to you is hurting. It’s even more difficult when that person is half way around the world. When times get tough a text or a phone call sometimes just doesn’t suffice, but you just have to have faith that that person can feel you in spirit. That even though the physical barrier is there, the mind and spirit somehow transcends all else, and that’s all that matters. Friends are hard to come by, good friends are even more rare. But I’m blessed. The universe has given me an amazing person to call my best and I’m so grateful. Grateful that years and miles can go by but our friendship hasn’t shown a single sign of deterioration. In fact it’s been quite the opposite. It’s made us stronger because it shows that our friendship is more than that. More than the convenience of have someone next door. We come into the world alone, and I’m pretty sure we leave the world by ourselves as well, but having good people along the way makes such a big difference. I’m still here. I hope you always know that. lovethiss
I love you B <3