Rabbi continued drasha despite rockets falling

IT was an ordinary Shabbat morning on Kibbutz Alumim. Rabbi Amit Kula was in the middle of the drasha on Parshat HaShavua. Suddenly, sounds of multiple explosions could be heard.

Through the large panoramic window behind Rabbi Kula, a drama was playing out, clearly visible to the people sitting in the synagogue.

The Iron Dome battery positioned a few hundred metres in front of the window sprang into action.

One after another, incoming missiles were intercepted and shot down.

By my count, there were about 11 interceptions in the first 90 seconds.

The sky was full of the vapour paths of the missiles and the flash and small cloud where they were intercepted.

And, through it all, Rabbi Kula carried on calmly giving the drasha and the majority of the participants in the service sat and listened.

Thus began another short ‘round’ of hostilities. The area of Israel affected spread to most of the south, from Beersheba to Ashdod and beyond.

This round was more serious than the recent rounds.

Tragically, for the first time since Operation Cast Lead five years ago, four Israelis were killed, three by rockets and one by an anti-tank missile fired at a car on a major highway.

The number of missiles fired was almost 700 — the vast majority intercepted safely by the Iron Dome system.

Hamas announced it had fired missiles in large bursts, sometimes 15 at a time.

They expected to be able to overload Iron Dome in this way.

The evidence of my own eyes as well as the announced intercept success rate of 86 per cent shows that they had failed.

The round of hostilities stopped as suddenly as it began.

On Monday morning, I woke up to read on Twitter that there were rumours of a ceasefire.

By 7.30am, the army officially gave the all clear and, within minutes, schools opened, and life returned to normal, until...

Stanley Kaye,
Kibbutz Alumim,
Southern Israel.

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