An Israeli man in Tel Aviv on July 10, 2014 inspects a car damaged by the remains of a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip after it was intercepted and destroyed by the Iron Dome defence missile system
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An Israeli man in Tel Aviv on July 10, 2014 inspects a car damaged by the remains of a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip after it was intercepted and destroyed by the Iron Dome defence missile system
Last updated: July 16, 2014
A peak into Tel Aviv under missiles

"What is next for Israel? What is next for the region?"

Banner Icon "Let’s join hands to stop the violence," writes Eti Livni, former Member of Knesset, in a call to Gazans and fellow Israelis.

It is the 8th day of violence between Israel and Hamas.

More rockets were shot today, more than 1200 in fact, and it is the 10th time the sirens are sounding in my area. I took shelter. Yes, it is a low number in comparison to the air raids on Gaza. I am residing far away from The Strip, 15 km north of Tel Aviv, on the beautiful Mediterranean shores we share together.

Yesterday, while picking up my grandson from school, I left the car in middle of street while clinging to a wall. Today, strolling on a street downtown, sirens rang again, and I fled to the corner. We were instructed that we have 45 seconds to seek shelter, to lie down and cover our heads. Most of the people follow the orders provided by the civilian authority of the IDF.

The most amazing and ironic alarm took place a few days ago while I participated on a panel in a peace conference organized by HAARETZ daily newspaper on the situation between Israel and Palestine. I was speaking about solutions on Jerusalem, bringing to the discussion some gender perspectives as possibilities of peace. And then it happened.

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"I left the car in middle of street while clinging to a wall"

Sirens in Tel Aviv! First time! Unbelievable! Hundreds of people left the conference hall to stand along the walls. A mere ten minutes later the attendees returned to listen to one of the speakers who holds a hawkish view, Economy Minister Naftali Bennett. The audience protested against the right wing minister and literally pushed him off the podium. It was too much.

Very troubling, depressing times. Following every siren I immediately call my children to check if they are ok. Although Israel has the sophisticated technology to intercept 90 % of the missiles launched, and the damage is not so horrendous, the whole country is suffering and worries about what might come next.

What is next for Israel? What is next for the region?

Today we woke up a bit more optimistic; there will be a ceasefire from   9:00, a ceasefire mediated by Egypt. I was so happy, Israel accepted the agreement. Regretfully, Hamas did not. What a shock! And the show continued again. Never stopped.

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My heart is with the Gaza civilians, women and children, who are innocent victims of cruel indifferent regimes motivated by Iran and Shiite leaders who really do not care about the welfare of their brothers and sisters. Religious fanatic regimes are the core of evil in the Jewish society as well as in the Muslim society, and we, the people, are paying the price.

Israel is a powerful rich society who is shifting to the right as the conflict continues. We and Palestinians from Gaza cannot do much to stop the evil.

I heard some amazing women from Gaza speaking on the radio so intelligent, so scared. Let’s join hands to stop the violence and try to go back to normalcy, there is a lot of people here that care, that want to seek a solution and to help, let us start somewhere immediately!

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