The surprise attack caught Israel with its pants down in the south. Over 700 dead in one day. And this number will continue to rise.
The worst is yet to come. You’ll see in the coming days. As soon as the unbelievable number of Israeli casualties, civilians and soldiers, are buried one by one across the country in the cemeteries between Eilat in the south and Kiryat Shmona in the north, the people will cry to heaven.
Each of us knows one of these Israelis who were killed or abducted, be they civilians or soldiers. There will be a national cry and wail, the likes of which we have never heard before. Heaven must open and God must have mercy on His people in Zion. We’re talking about a thousand deaths on the first day of the war! This is unbelievable! In the first Lebanon War in 1982, 650 Israeli soldiers died over a period of months. In the Yom Kippur War of 1973, 2,800 Israelis died in a span of three weeks.
As I write these lines, my daughter Eden is screaming in the house:
“Dekel Swissa, Elad’s friend is dead, he fell!”
It’s 10:30 am. Anat screamed and burst into tears. I did as well. We immediately fell into each other’s arms. That can not be true! Young Dekel, our neighbor, was only 23-years-old when he fell in Gaza. Dekel and my youngest son Elad were in elementary school together and were best friends here in our moshav. Dekel grew up in our house. Elad himself is now down south and doesn’t yet know what happened to his friend.
I’ll stop here for now and post this article as it is to the website. This simply cannot be true! As I wrote at the beginning, a clamor will break out among the people that we have never known before. Now it’s war. And this war is about our home and country.
Israel mourns its fallen
The Israel Hayom news portal has compiled a list of the martyrs (it will be updated as soon as the publication of the names is approved).
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