Israel: The Art of War
Pieces of rockets fired into Sderot, Israel from Gaza
I have only been to Israel once and harbor no pretense of truly understanding the horrors of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in and near Gaza. On a recent trip, I was shown the remains of the more than 6,000 rockets that were launched from Gaza into the Israeli border town of Sderot over the last seven years. Michael Kalicka, 73, told me that rocket attacks started after the second intifada, “Rockets rained down every day. Now it is better, but I still don’t sleep well.”
This Sunday, however, in response to renewed rocket attacks, Israel deployed a new anti-missle system called “Iron Dome,” an anti-missle system designed to shoot down the short range rockets fired from Gaza.
The horrors of terrorism, hate and war can sometimes be explored via an artistic approach. As I was looking at the rusting pieces of spent rockets, I strangely saw the beauty of flowery twisted metal. I could not hear the screams of pain and fear, nor feel the frustration and hate that had sent the projectiles on their mission
Michael Kalika, 73, speaks about rocket attacks.