Israelis Living Near Gaza: ‘We’re Like Ducks in a Shooting Gallery’
“We’re like ducks in a shooting gallery,” Raya Pasi of Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, north of the coastal enclave, told Israel’s Channel 2 News on Monday.
“This is a threat that’s coming up between our feet,” she said of the repeated attempts to strike civilian communities from underground.
Ten other Palestinian infiltrators were killed in a firefight with troops and helicopters, which averted a major kidnapping attempt.
“It’s a sense of great fear, mixed with uncertainty,” Pasi said. “You have no idea where the tunnel ends and where they’ll pop up.”
Until the latest fighting, she and her neighbors “didn’t understand the significance” of the threat. “Our kibbutz is fairly well protected (against missiles), and that provides a sense of security against the rockets,” she pointed out.
“But the possibility of a terrorist infiltration by tunnel is different kind of threat, and it’s always in the back of your mind,” Pasi said. “Who knows where the next infiltration will be?”
“We’ve gone eight years since the kidnapping, and it’s frightening to think just how much the danger has expanded,” Reuven said.
“Only now are we being exposed to the threat that’s only growing beneath our feet; we couldn’t believe it when (security officials) told us their estimates of just how many tunnels there are.”