While Israelis have not contended with nuclear missile attacks, the entire country lives under rocket threat and has experienced sustained rocket attacks punctuated by alerts that leave only seconds to find shelter.
Upon first arriving in Israel in 2005, I lived as an American reporter for four months in Ganei Tal, one of the Jewish communities that comprised Gush Katif, Israel’s slate of towns located inside the Gaza Strip.
As Israel’s August 2005 disengagement from Gaza approached, Gazan terrorists increased the frequency of rocket attacks aimed at Jewish civilian population centers in Gush Katif.
The terrorist groups in Gaza have since initiated two wars that put central Israel, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, under rocket attack.
Despite the disastrous consequences of Israel’s Gaza disengagement, there are widespread calls for Israel to give up large swaths of the strategic West Bank (which is dotted with ancient Jewish communities and some of Judaism’s holiest sites) and eastern Jerusalem in a future deal with the Palestinian Authority.