[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: Israel Radio Reshet Bet reported that during the
visit a woman asked President Peres if he would apologize for saying in the
past that "flying tubes" hitting Sderot were of no significance or for his
part in advocating retreat from Gaza that led to the serious deterioration
of the security situation. Peres replied that there is terror everywhere in
the world and that there were also attacks when Israel was in Gaza.
It should be noted that before the retreat from Gaza the firepower of the
terrorists was extremely limited in terms of the range, accuracy and
It should be noted that before the Oslo experiment most "terror attacks"
involved the use of knives with explosives used rarely.
It should be noted that before the Oslo experiment, the number of terrorists
and their training was extremely limited. This in contrast to the huge
trained terrorist armies now in the field.]
President Peres visits Sderot
We were born and were defined as 'code red' children. We are children who
live in fear and anxiety that at any moment we will hear the code red siren,
have to leave our games, our friends and enter the safe rooms.
(Communicated by the Office of the President)
Following the recent events in southern Israel and the crisis facing the
citizens in the region, President Shimon Peres, today (Wednesday, 14
November 2012), visited Sderot and one of its local schools. He was
accompanied by Mayor David Bouskila, the heads of the Gaza area regional
councils and senior IDF Home Front Command officers. President Peres met
with schoolchildren, was given a situation update by military sources and,
at the request of the children, entered a bomb shelter in the school and sat
on the floor to speak with them about their feelings, fears and the
difficult situation they face living under rocket fire in Sderot.
At the start of his visit, Chen Malkiel, a fourth grade student at the
school, greeted President Peres and described the day to day life of the
children in Sderot. Chen told the President that, "We were born and were
defined as 'code red' children. We are children who live in fear and anxiety
that at any moment we will hear the code red siren, have to leave our games,
our friends and enter the safe rooms, four walls, without windows which are
really horrible." Chen thanked the president for coming and said, "thank you
for coming. Our eyes are on you as well Mr. President, hoping that you will
do something so that it will be peaceful, calm, secure and fun." When she
finished speaking Chen took the president, hand-in-hand, to show him the
bomb shelter in the school.
President Peres said to the children, "I am here as a grandfather who feels
the pain of the mothers who can't sleep quietly at night. You should know
that you are a source of strength and courage for all the people of Israel.
All the children in Israel are proud of you. You are brave children who live
in an abnormal reality. I know how hard it is not to sleep at night, how
hard it is for your mothers and how much you want to lead a normal life. The
State of Israel must listen to the children in this region and protect
them." President Peres emphasized that the residents of the south must be
treated equally and even given preference and that shelters for all the
residents must be completed without any delay.
At the end of the visit President Peres conducted a press briefing and said,
"Hamas is solely responsible for this intolerable situation of rocket fire
at Israel. Hamas should control all the other organizations operating under
its nose with its tacit approval. We must cease the constant flow of funds
to Gaza, funds which are channeled directly to rockets and terror. The
countries of the world that in their self-righteousness transfer funds to
Gaza, led by the Emir of Qatar, cannot continue to do so. The world must see
the reality that money in Gaza equals terror."