By Schmoel Yitzhak
The worthy citizens of Israel's South may not know what "Fatigability
Of The Olifactory Nerves" (hereafter known as FOTON) is all about but
they certainly are experiencing it first-hand.
And it ain't funny either, unless you happen to be a card-carrying
member of Hamas or any of its splinter terrorist organizations.
By "South," I'm referring to Netivot, Sedorot, Beersheva and any Negev
area which has been targeted over the past few years by rocket attacks
They are all victims of the FOTON syndrome which means if you're
embedded long enough in garbage up to your neck long enough, your
olifactory nerves (nose) hardly smells it anymore, if at all.
So it has been in Sederot, Netivot, et. al. where so many Qassam and
Grad rockets have struck that explosions are almost taken for granted.
There are exceptions, of course, as in the latest grad attack that not
only demolished a Netivot home but also hit Beersheba forcing school
closures -- sound familiar? -- and will surely produce the knee-jerk
IDF retaliatory attack against Gaza terrorist bases and/or rocket
Were Israeli lives not constantly endangered and large blocs of the
South not justifiably traumatised these regular Arab declarations of
war -- and precisely what they are -- could be shrugged off as routine
Hamas' intimidation tactics.
And that seems to be government policy; until a major,
death-producing, Gaza-based rocket assault occurs, the Benjamin
Netanyahu-Ehud Barak leadership will turn the other cheek after the
Israeli Air Force shoots up one of the enemy training bases or rocket
To an objective visitor from another planet, the Israeli response
would seem somewhat to the left of futile. If an intelligent Martian
observer viewed the episodes and could speak English, he would address
the Jerusalem high command with two words: "ENOUGH ALREADY!"
If asked how the American government would react if Canadian-based
rockets rained down on his native state, a tourist from Montana most
assuredly would reply that Uncle Sam by now would have devastated any
neighboring country that has done to the USA what the Gaza rocketeers
have done to Israel.
Guaranteed the governments of Yitzhak Shamir, Menachem Begin and Golda
Meier never would have waited so long without a devastating reply.
Hey; you and I know that neither Bibi nor his sidekick are fools nor
are they bashful about retaliation. Therefore we must conclude that
the general staff continues playing a waiting game in terms of going
after the Gaza goons. Surely, it must be a political reason somehow
linked to Iran, the American election; you name it.
But that doesn't do much good for the children in the Israeli South
who routinely are told they are not going to school today, tomorrow or
the next day because of another rocket attack.
Nor does it help the shell-shocked citizens of Sdeort, Netivot and Beersheva.
Fatigability Of The Olifactory Nerves may apply to garbage which
happens to be less devastating than an exploding Grad missile.
One of these days, Netanyahu and Barak will get the message and blast away
But, alas, when?