Rockets were fired from the air and there was a tunnel terror threat underground until Operation Protective Edge was launched in order to put an end to it. Two and a half years later, after the State Controller’s report was published, Gaza vicinity residents respond to the report’s findings.

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During Operation Protective Edge, the Gaza vicinity residents were the ones who suffered from heavy barrages of rocket fire and endured Hamas digging tunnels deep inside Israeli territory till their doorsteps. Two and a half years after Operation Protective Edge, with the publication of the State Controller’s Report, the residents of the Gaza vicinity responded to the report’s conclusions.

“Actually, it did not surprise me,” Yonatan Shmreeze, a 27-year-old student from Kibbutz Kfar Aza, stated. “This is not the first time that we spoke about a failure that the country is responsible for. The country simply does not take this region and its problems seriously.  Because of its disparaging attitude, this is how the reality appears and these are the conclusions.”

“It is time for the political echelons and the military to come to their senses that this is a serious situation,” Eshel Margalit, a 67-year-old pensioner from Netiv Ha-Asara, proclaimed. “I was not surprised about the report. I hope that someone will wake up now that the danger is real.”

Moshe Kuperman, age 85 from Kibbutz Erez, stated: “I understand that the problem is more difficult among decision-makers and not among the ranks of the military that operate the campaign, who do the maximum. When they accuse those with ranks in the military like they do political leaders, this does not make me feel comfortable.”

According to local residents, they are not enjoying the relative calm that was obtained since the conclusion of Operation Protective Edge for there is no political process to change the status quo: “We live here but are waiting for an explosion.”