Here’s a recent Ynet column which I found to be a must-read. The author describes what the Kassams have done to….ummmm….”intimacy” in Sderot.
Sderot is not Tel Aviv. Here you will not find pick-up bars or crowded pubs, and it is not easy to find a partner for a one-night stand. Usually, I have been told, relationships here develop slowly and surely, and only the crackling rocket alert loudspeaker serves to accelerate the process. Indeed, the Qassam rockets are an effective and active matchmaker.
Who wants to be alone when rockets are landing around here? At times of distress, we all need an embrace, a shoulder to cry on, a warm chest, and a comforting and protective body: I don’t want to stay alone tonight, so stay with me – simple words that connect people and arouse hidden desires.
In order to support the economy of our barraged Negev town, it is with great excitement that the Benji Massachusetts Travel Agency announces its new vacation package to Sderot. This package is open to singles only and will begin with a “mifgash” component through which Tel Aviv residents will be paired up with singles of Sderot. The mifgash will take participants to a local winery to enjoy delicious Israeli wines. (In the absence of local wineries, participants will proceed directly to the hosts’ residence to discuss current events, take part in social activism, and get drunk.) This is the “home hospitality” portion of the trip, designed to strengthen connections between the two cities, or whatever.
First and last stop on the tour: Motel Shesh.
I hope they serve V-Shmoneh.
The bus will leave immediately after the completion of the hospitality component, no later than 4 AM, due to our very important meeting in the morning.
To any Israelis who have not yet been to Sderot, I highly encourage you to go and there’s no better way than on an organized tour.
Benji Massachusetts Travel: Connecting People