Lately, the Gush Junction, which is a few minutes from my home, has become a point of contention in the Israeli press. It already was a “hotspot” as the site of many recent terrorist attacks.
A well-known Israeli journalist visited the site — and noting the elite soldiers stationed there and the concrete barriers — declared that if this is what it takes to live in Israel, then we Jews shouldn’t be here.
His comments generated much response. Many wrote articles saying how the opposite is true. In 1948 every community in our area was decimated because we didn’t have soldiers to effectively protect us. They argued that the soldiers are a sign of how far we have come. We aren’t sitting ducks anymore.
Yet, when I drive past the junction I see neither of the above.
I see heroes.
I see men, women, and children who will not surrender to terror; who stand behind barriers painted over by our youth with encouraging words, living their lives in spite of the danger, because they believe that Israel is our God-given home – now and forever.