Some 100 of the western Negev's residents demonstrated Wednesday across from the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, demanding the government take the necessary actions to ensure their safety, in view of the mortar barrages that hit the area in the last few days.
The protestors, carrying signs reading "Israel needs leaders who can make up their mind," called on the cabinet, which was discussing the escalating situation in Gaza at the time, to stop procrastinating and come to am immediate decision on whether Israel will launch a military operation in the Strip or opt for accepting the temporary ceasefire brokered by Egypt.
Jacob Cohen, a resident of Kibbutz Nahal Oz, told Ynet the protestors are demanding the government "put an end to this game of Russian roulette we're living in. The situation can’t go on. The government has to make a decision now, before it loses the Negev."
Yoav Wiener of Kfar Aza said all the residents of the Gaza vicinity communities want is to live their lives in peace: "The bottom line is that we're living in constant fear. Our children are growing up in fear. The government has to take charge. If they decide on a military solution – so be it. If they go for a diplomatic solution – so be it. They just have to make up their minds already."
Maayana Hershkowitz of Kibbutz Beeri added that "the people living in central Israel have to wake up. We have to get everyone to stop being so indifferent. The government is treading water. If they decide on peace then they should pursue it. If they decide on war, fine, just not at the citizens' expense."