Israelis from towns near Gaza express concern after escalation warnings

After officials warned that the current situation in Gaza may lead to another military conflict, residents living near the Gaza border expressed their concerns and fears of an escalation.
Children near the Gaza border Photo Credit: Yossi Zamir/Flash90

After senior Israeli officials warned the Security Cabinet that the current situation in Gaza might lead to a new military conflict with Hamas, the residents of the towns along the Gaza border expressed their disquiet. “The fear of an escalation exists in almost everyone,” said a resident of Kibbutz Kfar Aza.

“Since the renewal of the ‘red alert’ sirens, we are afraid again, shower quickly, and the children continue to ask questions about the future and life and death,” the resident added. “The IDF and the residents of the towns along the Gaza border know the situation is volatile. It can’t be possible that we continue to live our ‘routine lives’ under fire in this 17-year-long war without a solution being found.”

Additional residents of southern Israel expressed their fear of an escalation. “We have no interest in a war with Gaza, but on the other hand, we do not accept the continuation of the security incidents that happen here daily,” said Ofer Liberman from a kibbutz near the Gaza border. “The political echelon must give us a solution. We want to continue to live here in peace and quiet and develop the area, but we demand that the government give us a solution.”

As previously reported by JOL, senior Israeli security officials have told the Security Cabinet that the current situation in Gaza resembles the one that existed just before Operation Protective Edge in 2014. The officials based their assessment on factors such as the rapidly-worsening humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, a high unemployment rate, the cutting of funds from Qatar and the general disappointment of Gazans from the failing reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.

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