The first miracle of the day was a visit to The Jewish Agency summer camp outside of Netanya..
These Ethiopian children were living in Absorbtion centers in S’derot having come from Ethiopia not two months ago. Rescued by Operation Promise, they waited years to make aliyah. The two major operations in rescuing these Jews were Operation Solomon and Operation Moses – airlifting 22,000 out of Sudan in one day. Operation Promise is mission organized by Jewish leaders from America that committed 500 million dollars not just to bring them to Israel but money to adapt to them to civilian life.
The Talmud says all Israel is responsible for each other. And so the Jewish Agency rushed to S’dertot and brought these confused children to Hadassah Neurim. It’s been very tough on these children. First to come to a strange land only to be fired upon by the the Philistines in Gaza. Perched on cliffs above the Mediterranean Sea north of Netanya, this summer camp has been an oasis of peace for these little ones.
Nachum Katz, Director General of this summer/study camp had this to say about the hostilities;
"I am a sane human being that wants a peaceful life, but one that is willing to give it up for a real chance to a better future for my children and my children’s children. I am a man that has seen enough blood in Lebanon and in Gaza, in Hadera my town or in Tel Aviv, in person or via the television screen. I witnessed enough burials of my companions, and dreamed about peace and normalcy enough.
We did not seek this war. We did not invent or [provoke it. We not dream of annihilating our neighbor from the North, Lebanon, or wish to destroy its land. We have no enemy among the Lebanese people. We have more in common than we differ from each other."