With the IDF poised to begin ground action in Gaza, our Israeli correspondent MC posts his seventh daily report from his ringside seat in Sderot.
Is it really day 7?
So we seem to be at the edge. We expect them to go in at any moment. Today we have had missiles over at hourly intervals, with some spectacular Iron Dome intercepts (see previous).
Do I detect a toning-down of our international critics? Has somebody remembered at last that Hamas is a designated terrorist group of long standing? Are my spectacles turning pink too?
Hamas either have something up their sleevies or a knot in their panties.
If it is the former, then we will take casualties; if it is the latter, then Hamas may well cease to exist for a while (they will be resurrected by the international community very quickly, as was the PLO when they were defeated a few years back).
Some members of our little anglo community visited some of the bivouacked troops on the border today. They took supplies of cool drink and bamba (an Israeli peanut snack). They were intercepted by police before they got there, but when they explained their purpose they were allowed through.
The troops were happy to see them and they made appointments for pizza tomorrow, our pizza parlour has said they will supply them at half price (If you want to donate then go to www.israel-handsofmercy.org and send an email with the donation saying “Pizza for the boys”) and we will take them in tomorrow morning. We hope those boys will still be there in the morning — anything is possible at the moment. If not, we will find the second wave troops.
I am 62, and these men are one third of my age. This time tomorrow where will they be? I really hate it that they have to take the risks. Hamas know they are coming. I am sure the booby traps are in place, and the children are marshalled into the right places to be human shields. There are going to be some very hard decisions and a lot of bleatings from armchair critics who hold themselves as morally superior.
MC lives in the southern Israeli city of Sderot. For his previous essays, see the MC Archives.