In Israel, a people resolved to survive

Dear Friends and Family,
Here in Israel we are doing our best to keep on living our lives. There is no need to link to events as everyone is on top of the news. I just want to contribute my take on what is happening. In a few days I will have been here for four months, inside of a time warp actually, as the nights and days have melted together in checking Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo news, Hebrew language TV stations (of which I understand little of), and going about daily tasks in searing heat and humidity without knowing where and when a Code Red siren will shriek a warning. Whether to lie down flat in the road, or run into the nearest shelter is the question on my mind as I walk with my eyes glancing upward to the sky. I left Tel Aviv a day before the war, not because of rockets but because of personal matters. I can't help but feeling like G-d was guiding me to get out of there, as my new location is quite calm and quiet with a minimum of Code Reds so far. Tel Aviv, among most other sites in Israel, is under a barrage of Gazan rockets, leading to much fear and disruption.

The numbers of Gazans who have died and been injured is more than Israelis. Is it our fault that we have developed self-defense tools? If each rocket that is launched by Hamas hit the target intended, then we would have more casualties than them. When we say #NeverAgain we mean it. They raise their children to hate; we raise Israeli children to value life and to defend. So when we lose one person, each one of us aches inside, and I am sure we all hear the same wailing noise inside the mind. I won't mention what they are threatening to do to us in more personal ways, there is no need to illustrate their evil and scare tactics.

Currently I am reading Golda Meir's autobiography (no longer in print) My Life. My copy of this paperback is falling apart. The pages are torn and yellowed, rubber bands and paper clips holding it together. Every word she wrote is gold, and I am reading it ever so slowly. A copy on costs a small fortune. Since the book is not widely available, I don't think Golda would mind if I quote a bit from it.
"...I don't know what forms the practice of Judaism will assume in the future or how Jews, in Israel and elsewhere, will express their Jewishness 1,000 years hence. But I do know that Israel is not just some small beleaguered country to which 3,000,000 people are trying hard to survive; Israel is a Jewish state that has come into existence as the result of the longing, the faith and the determination of an ancient people. We in Israel are only one part of the Jewish nations, and not even its largest part; but because Israel exists Jewish history has been changed forever and it is my deepest conviction that there are few Israelis today who do not understand and fully accept the responsibility that history has placed on their shoulders as Jews..." 
"...I wish to say that from the time I came to Palestine as a young woman, we have been forced to choose between what is more dangerous and what is less dangerous for us. At times we have all been tempted to give in to various pressures and to accept proposals that might guarantee us a little quiet for a few months, or maybe even for a few years, but that could only lead us eventually into even greater peril. We have always been faced by the question "Which is the greater danger?" And we are still in that situation or perhaps in an even greater one. The world is harsh, selfish and materialistic. It is insensitive to the sufferings of small nations. Even the most enlightened of governments, democracies that are led by decent leaders who represent fine, decent people. are not much inclined today to concern themselves with problems of justice in international relations. At a time when great nations are capable of knuckling under to blackmail and decisions are being made on the basis of big-power politics, we cannot always be expected to take their advice, and therefore, we must have the capacity and the courage to go on seeing things as they really are and to act on our own most fundamental instincts for self-preservation. So to those who ask, "What of the future?" I still have only one answer: I believe that we will have peace with our neighbors, but I am sure that no one will make peace with a weak Israel. If Israel is not strong, there will be no peace."