As President Bush arrives in
Sderot, a working-class town of mainly North African immigrants less than two miles from Gaza, has been hit over the past four years with some 2,000 rockets of improving range and explosive power -- 22 in the last eight days. Eight Sderot civilians have been killed by the rockets; [13-year old] Razi [Sasson] has seen 15 therapists.
“He wouldn’t leave the house to go to school for a year,” said his mother, Shula. One of his older brothers, Rafi, 22, used his army exit pay to build Razi a bomb shelter in the living room, a concrete cocoon with a steel door. . . .
For many Israelis, Sderot (pronounced stay-ROTE) embodies the fears of what happens when they pulled back from occupied land, as they did from all of
“When Bush comes, he should come to Sderot,” said Razi’s father, Moshe, 49, who works as a prison warden in
The problems of Sderot -- and of a
There ought to be a rule that, before peace processors move on to their next project, they have to visit the results of the last one.
And then live in it while working on their plans to try it again.As an American."