This is why a recent story in the Jerusalem Post struck a chord; reminding us, among other things, of the important work we do helping to sustain Israeli cities and towns that are particularly vulnerable to rocket attacks from Iranian-backed terrorist groups in the Gaza Strip and southern Lebanon.
Reported the Jerusalem Post: “The next war will be pretty bloody for both sides. Israel will evacuate its population and I suggest the Lebanese do the same,” Lt.-Col. (res.) Sarit Zehavi said recently at a briefing in Metulla, Israel’s northernmost town at the border with Lebanon.
The story also reported this ominous development: “In addition to the threat posed by Hezbollah’s stockpile of more than 100,000 rockets, the Israel Defense Forces are now concerned about the very real possibility of ground attacks against Israeli communities.”
Hopefully none of this will materialize but it’s necessary to be prepared. During recent wars in Israel’s north and south, triggered by rocket attacks from Hezbollah and Hamas, the Birmingham Jewish Federation ran special fundraising campaigns that raised an additional $1,500,000 to provide emergency social services, temporary respite and longer term assistance for those living in the line of fire.
While it’s unnerving to think about the uncertainty facing these Israelis, it’s comforting to know that even with all that’s going on in Birmingham, our Federation never loses sight of their plight for a minute. And we never will.
— Richard Friedman,
BJF Executive Director