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“We are used to it”: Israelis impassive after the explosions in Iran

“We are used to it”: Israelis impassive after the explosions in Iran

The morning news is on “a corner of (your) mind”but Ditza Kornfeld, a 63-year-old Israeli, will not change her routine after the announcement of explosions in the center of Iran, attributed to Israeli retaliation for the attack launched by Tehran against the Jewish State over the weekend.

“We are used to these abnormal situations,” says this tourist guide, whose activity has slowed down since the start of the war in the Gaza Strip on October 7.

Their main concern is finishing the meal in time for the Passover celebrations, which begin Monday night.

Israel vowed to make Iran pay for its unprecedented attack on Israeli territory on April 13, in retaliation for the bombing of the Iranian consulate in Damascus, attributed to the Jewish state, on April 1.

Several explosions shook central Iran this Friday, in what North American officials, cited by United States media, presented as an Israeli attack in retaliation for the drones and missiles fired by Tehran.

Iran minimized the impact of Friday’s explosions, without directly accusing Israel, which did not claim responsibility.

“Child’s play”

Amitay Bendavid, owner of an antique store, estimates that the hostilities, long indirect, have crossed a threshold.

Between Israel and Iran, “It was a cold war, and now it is one country against the other,” says the antiques dealer. Israel “must hit hard, not like this, this is child’s play.”

Bendaviv no longer believes in a diplomatic solution, although he fears an escalation: “Israel has no choice” because Iran “He doesn’t understand words, he only understands blood and power.””says this 37-year-old man.

Mordeachay Menarsheof, a 33-year-old shopkeeper, also assumes a martial stance: ““The diplomatic solution is not appropriate,” he says. “We want peace, but they don’t want it.”

At the door of his shoe store on Jaffa Street, the central artery of Jerusalem, this Jew of Iranian origin asks “Strong words” against Iran, which he accuses of “finance terrorism” in the Middle East.

Taxi driver Yossi Basher hopes that the guns will be silenced so that Israel can have “good relations with their neighbors.”

“We need both,” a military solution and a diplomatic one, adds Ditza Kornfeld, for whom “an agreement with Iran must involve the international community.

But for diplomacy to prevail, an armed confrontation is necessary, believes Amitay Bendavid, citing the example of the 1967 Six-Day War, marked by Israel’s victory against a military alliance of Egypt, Syria and Jordan.

“Why did Jordan and Egypt make peace with Israel? Because they fought against us and lost, that’s all.”says.

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Source: Gestion

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