We were just at a house that had a direct hit from a Katyusha rocket. It was a three-story house and its whole front collapsed into the street. The attack — a direct hit in a residential neighborhood called Bat Galim — is what Israelis feared and, no doubt, what Hezbollah wants. There were six apartments in the house, but there were only three people there at the time the attack happened. All three people who were there were wounded.
As far as I can tell, people in Haifa are very supportive of Israel's ongoing offensive, but they are also very frightened.Haifa was hit by about 10 rockets on Sunday, as well as several on Monday. Clearly Hezbollah has the range of Haifa and has the rockets available that can reach it, so people are very scared.
I still haven't met anybody that thinks Israel should stop doing what they are doing. Actually, everyone I've spoken to has said that it's all the more reason to continue fighting against Hezbollah. In particular, they are saying that although it's frightening when these rockets fall, it's also scary that Hezbollah is making a statement that essentially says: We can hit you anytime.
So the people here are posing a very pragmatic question: Do we want stop now — and risk further violence in the future? Or should we finish with the whole thing now? The answer so far, from what I've seen and heard, has been that people want to finish with the whole issue now. They want the army to keep fighting Hezbollah until they destroy them or in some other way remove the threat of rockets on their town.
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