With its location near Israel's border with Gaza, the city of Sderot is on the frontlines of terror, experiencing years of rocket attacks and other violence. But, Ynet News Kim Legziel reports, that hasn't stopped Sderot from thriving, which the city's mayor noted in a letter to the very terror group who terrorizes his citizens:
In his open letter to Ismail Haniyeh published on Facebook, Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi included two photos — one showing Sderot’s newly built neighborhoods, while the second shows Haniyeh’s destroyed office, bombed by the IDF on Monday during the current clashes between Israel and Hamas. "You lost," Davidi told Haniyeh in the accompanying missive.
“Good morning, ya Haniyeh,” says Davidi, in a somewhat mocking tone. “I wanted to send you an email or a fax, but it seems your offices no longer exist.”
“Usually, I address the residents of Sderot. Now it’s time to address the other side,” he says.
“Ismail Haniyeh — can you not see that you’re losing? You take all the money you get from the Arab world and instead of using it for food, a functioning economy and a future for Gaza's residents, you waste it on your imaginary attempts to beat us.”
“It’s true Haniyeh, things aren’t simple (here). Sometimes it’s rough and I’ll go as far as to say we’re suffering. But look at the results of your behavior… How does Gaza look in comparison to Sderot?
“You’ve been launching rockets at us for 18 years,” says the mayor. “But it seems you don't know what goes on in this city — it’s booming! Hundreds of new residents join us every year, new homes are being built. We’re growing and growing stronger.
“And what did you get out of it?? There’s nothing but destruction on your side...”