L. Todd Wood: Missiles Are Terrorizing Israelis, Too

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 08:19 PM

By Sean Piccoli

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Author and columnist L. Todd Wood, in Israel, told Newsmax TV about his close encounter on Thursday morning with a Hamas rocket that exploded in a village he was visiting near the Gaza border.

"I was being escorted to a nice Jewish yeshiva there when the klaxons went off," Wood told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner in a phone call later on Thursday from the relative safety of Tel Aviv. "I didn't have time to get anywhere, so I just laid flat on the ground and had a Qassam rocket explode about 50 yards away."

Story continues below video.

Note: Watch Newsmax TV now on DIRECTV Ch. 349 and DISH Ch. 223
Get Newsmax TV on your cable system
Click Here Now

Wood, author of "Currency," is in Israel as the country wages war against Hamas, the militant Palestinian group using Gaza to launch rockets into Israel and dig secret assault tunnels under the border.

The Israeli Defense Force's Iron Dome anti-missile defense system intercepts many of the randomly targeted projectiles before they detonate in populated areas. But as Wood's experience on Thursday morning a mile from the Gaza border demonstrated, the shield is not impregnable.

"The Iron Dome shot about 15 shots, but one of them got through," he said. "Not a good experience, to say the least. It landed in the middle of multiple housing units, in a grandmother's backyard with her grandchildren playing around. Miraculously, no one was killed, but it was not a good morning."

Todd said the world — focused by media reportage on the civilian death toll among Palestinians, including dozens killed in hospitals and schools — is not seeing what Israelis endure in the conflict.

"This one village alone outside of Gaza last year took 2,500 rockets," said Wood. "They get about 40 a day. People are killed routinely. This one, the blast went through about three houses. And these people want the world to know what's going on here."

Wood said that in his conversations with Israelis, he is finding sadness over the casualties suffered by IDF troops and, at the same time, resolve to support their campaign.

"This has been more deaths on the Israeli side than they're used to," he said. "But they want to live in freedom without being worried about being shot, killed, rocketed, mortared, whatever."

He said one Israeli woman told him, "Look, death is bad on both sides" and added, "If Hamas wanted peace there would be peace tomorrow."

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

New Black Panthers Defend Brown Kin's Call for Violence

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 15:02 PM

The New Black Panthers are defending the incendiary cry of Michael Brown's stepfather, who urged Ferguson protesters to  . . .

Exile: Iran Is Manipulating Nuclear Talks

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 21:28 PM

The extension of a deadline on nuclear talks with Iran gives a regime with a history of lying about its nuclear ambition . . .

Radio's Stinchfield: Black Communities Need More Black Police

Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 20:56 PM

Minority communities beset by crime need police forces that are more racially representative, but Ferguson, Missouri's,  . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved