Why Isn't Lema'an Achai Hosting Hundreds of Refugee Families?
Unlike previous wars and operations, Lema’an Achai is NOT immediately launching a major program to house hundreds of families fleeing from the South, here in Beit Shemesh.
The reason is that this time, officially, Beit Shemesh is not a refuge.
The main targets of Hamas missiles are Sderot, Ashkelon,
Ashdod, and Beersheva.
Anywhere within 40 km range of the
border is a vulnerable target.
So Kireat Gat and Kireat Malachi (where three civilians were killed by a missile today) are also within range.
This map illustrates the ranges of missiles and the Israeli cities under fire.
You can see why Beit Shemesh was considered a (relatively) safe haven for families under fire.
Five kilometers out of Grad range, made all the difference.
However, this map is now out-of-date.
Hamas now has Iranian Fajr-5 missiles in its arsenal.
The Fajr-5 has a range of up to 75 kilometers. This includes Tel Aviv.
That is why the IDF opened this campaign by targeting known Fajr storage and launch sites. According to the IDF Spokesman, “most” of the Fajr missiles were neutralized.
For the first time ever, a missile was aimed at Dimona this week, the home of
Israel’s nuclear reactor –
previously significantly beyond Hamas’ range.
This was reported to have been a Fajr-5 missile.
So why isn’t Lema’an Achai hosting families from the South?
Because this is now the official policy in Beit Shemesh:
- It is no longer safe for families to come here.
- If we are hit, and there is significant destruction, chas veshalom, then communal facilities and resources will be required for the Beit Shemesh residents.
Of course, this policy will be constantly reviewed, on a daily basis.
So, at this point, Lema’an Achai is looking for volunteers prepared and willing to help in an emergency, G-d forbid, in Beit Shemesh (please email your information to firstname.lastname@example.org).
But Bet Shemesh is not currently opening the gates of the city for hundreds of families from the South, as we have in previous conflicts.
We’re holding fire on that one.