Earlier today, a few hours after the missile attack, I visited the apartment in Kiryat Malachi where three people were killed. Blood splattered along the sides of the stairwell, children crying, and shrapnel as far as 50 meters from the building. I spoke with a neighbor who witnessed the entire thing. His body was shaking as he told the story of arriving to a horror scene to find a screaming mother, two bodies, and a bloody young girl. The experience was a reminder of how important your work in Kiryat Malachi really is. The people that died this morning would still be here right now if they had a bomb shelter in their building...but they didn't. Your work is saving lives.
Itzik Yarkoni, past Israeli shaliach to UCI, was with me at the scene. We shot some footage in an attempt to document the aftermath, and passed it on to a local NGO to publish. We got an interview with the closest eye-witness still standing after the attack.
As far as the situation on the ground, things are building up. Several hundred rockets in the past 72 hours. You may have heard; Tel Aviv periphery was hit...a red line. It is not being taken lightly by the army. The Israeli people have shown a great deal of patience and restraint over the past few years -- but patience has run out. On my way back to Jerusalem, I saw flatbeds carrying tanks, heading towards Gaza. This is the real deal...a war is coming. We pray that it will result in few deaths on both sides, and a long period of quiet afterwards.
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