Former FBNY Editor’s Letter from Israel

Former FishbowlNY editor Neal Ungerleider (currently you can find him here) who moved to Israel at the end of July to start a long-planned MA program in Israel writes to say the current hostilities between Israel and Gaza are hitting pretty close to home (literally) but that he is fine.

Sorry for the group email but I wanted to get in touch with everyone just in case.

So it looks like Beersheva is now within range of rockets from Gaza. Two rockets just hit near my apartment — we heard them land audibly and saw the ambulances bringing injured to the hospital.

I’m okay and everyone in the apartment complex is safe. Both rockets (Higher-powered Grad rockets) hit within densely populated areas in central Beersheva. One exploded directly opposite a kindergarten — I’m just happy this happened at night and not at day.

It’s increasingly obvious there will be a ground invasion here — soldiers are being called up and many students at our university have gone on duty this week. Things are a bit quiet and my thoughts are with the soldiers and the civillians on the ground in Gaza. This situation is a mess and… hell… what can I say?

But I’m safe and am getting the real Israel experience, apparently.