Israelis reflect on Gaza as military operations scale down
Monday, August 04, 2014 - 02:03
As the Israeli military repositions near the Gaza border, Tel Aviv residents reflect on what - if anything - has been achieved after more than three weeks of conflict. Mana Rabiee reports.
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(NATSOT) Isarael says it's winding down its offensive in Gaza. It says most of the so-called "terror tunnels" Hamas militants have used to launch attacks into Southern israel, are destroyed. Even so, Israeli tanks are staying close to the border with Gaza, ready, says the military, to respond to any provocation. (NATSOT) But for now, the area is relatively quiet. The shelling and rocket attacks from both sides over the past three weeks have eased...even though nothing has been resolved. Residents of Tel Aviv, the frequent target of Hamas rockets, are using the lull in fighting as an opportunity to reflect on what - if anything - has been achieved. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHELLE COSANZA-WEISS, TEL AVIV RESIDENT, SAYING: "This operation is really taxing my soul. It's making me lose my humanity. I consider myself a liberal, but it's hard to stay very liberal when people are raining rockets on you every day, when you try to organise or have a ceasefire with them and we stop, but they keep going, it's really hard to have sympathy and empathy towards this terrorist group." (SOUNDBITE) (English) ROTEM KUZA, TEL AVIV RESIDENT, SAYING: "To my opinion, this situation will remain as it is now. I mean, it will pass a year or two and we will see another round of violence with our neighbours. And we just need to take it as it is. I mean, to take it as a fact where we live, and it will be like this forever." (NATSOT) Israel's offensive began on July 8, in response to a surge in Hamas rocket attacks. The dead - more than 1,800 of them - are overwhelmingly Palestinian civilians. But despite international outrage at the death toll, Israel says it can't remove its fighting machinery completey, not until the threat from Hamas has been eliminated.
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