Routine of War: How One Northern Israeli Community Coped During the Second
For over twenty years the residents of Kibbutz Gesher Haziv, just a few kilometers south of the Lebanese border, have been caught in the crosshairs of the Lebanese, the P.L.O., and the Hezbollah artillery. There is a beautiful beach not far away, and the valley around the kibbutz holds fields of wheat as well as groves of bananas, avocado, and persimmon tress. As one tourist put it: “On a normal day you would think you had found the Garden of Eden.”
The author, Bethe Schoenfeld, lives in the Kibbutz Gesher Haziv community as do the people interviewed in this book. During the Second Lebanon War, which lasted 34 days, dozens of katyusha rockets rained down on the kibbutz. Some families refused to move and exemplified the unwavering spirit of the Israeli people as they faced an unstoppable barrage of missiles.
The author’s daily dairy, and her interviews with the stalwarts who stayed in the community during those fearful days, gives us an awe-inspiring glimpse of these resolute Israelies. The first person account goes beyond the war, into the days after the cease fire when the residents of Kibbutz Gesher Haziv began rebuilding their homes and their lives.
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