Monsters Under the Bed


By: Forest Rain – September, 2014

Or Turning from Gaza, to Hezbollah in the North

Parents around the world are familiar with the child’s fear of the dark, the fear of monsters under the bed or in the closet.

In most cases this fear is irrational and can be banished by simply turning on the lights.
In Israel it’s the parents that are afraid for their children. The monsters are all too real. They burst out of nowhere, fully equipped with weapons and intent to kill. To them, the death of children has been, and will be a great accomplishment, a reason to celebrate.
You can’t see them until they suddenly break out of the ground and begin moving to their target. Your children. They could appear anywhere, even your own backyard.
Turning on the light doesn’t make them go away…

Hamas terrorists have already used their attack tunnels to kill Israelis. The IDF has uncovered numerous tunnel openings inside Israel. Operation Protective Edge focused on uncovering and destroying the tunnels in Gaza. The tunnels found were well hidden and booby trapped with explosives, making this search and destroy mission life threatening for IDF soldiers.

Each tunnel was built with numerous openings. The entire length of each one must be destroyed completely otherwise they can simply be repaired and made ready for the next attack.

Israelis living near the border with Gaza had been reporting for many months that they heard digging under their homes. They were told that they were paranoid, that nothing was wrong, what could be digging under their homes?

Now we know.

We’ve seen the tunnels being used. Our soldiers died and suffered terrible wounds trying to destroy all the tunnels from Gaza to Israel. We’ve turned on the light and can see the monsters very clearly.

Horrible? There’s more. Israelis who live on the northern border are also reporting digging sounds under their homes. Hezbollah has always been the role model for Hamas – they do everything bigger, stronger and with more precision than Hamas. If Hamas has terror attack tunnels, it is only logical to think that Hezbollah does as well. Theirs will probably be bigger, wider and harder to find. We already know that they have many more missiles than Hamas does. The only question is when will they decide to use them? Will the terrorists burst out of the ground? Attack us from the sky? Maybe it will all come at once…

Parents around the world are familiar with the childish fear of monsters under the bed. I don’t think very many comprehend what it is like to live knowing that the monsters are real and they will attack. It’s not a question of if, the only question is when.
Can you imagine this happening in your country? To your family?

FORESTForest Rain was born in Detroit and ‘made aliyah’, immigrated with her family to Israel at the age of thirteen. She served in the IDF (service is obligatory for all Israeli citizens). Forest is a Marketing Communications expert – writing for hi-tech companies for a living and Israel for the soul. Connect with Forest Rain, Writings from Israel:, Twitter:
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