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July 31st, 2014
11:01 AM ET

Israeli mother describes life under attack

Carol is joined by former Israeli military spokeswoman Avital Leibovich, now a civilian, who shares her perspective on family life in Israel.

Avital, who has three children, recently wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, where she shared an instance in which her youngest asked to visit a friend’s one afternoon. That, she says, created a “dilemna.”

“In times like these I’d like to have my children near me, yet she's a normal child and deserves to live like one. She and her friend played in a plastic pool and the air raid siren went off and they had to seek shelter. I still think I made the right decision letting her go."

During the interview, Avital shares what would be a frightening experience for anyone, "Two nights ago there was a siren for the first time 2:30 A.M., and my oldest had a few friends sleeping over, and we had actually all went to the shelter. Ten people in the middle of the night with our pajamas, and I live in an open area so the explosion sounds are very audible. It’s not a nice experience for an 8-year old or for a 10-year old."

Note: Carol spoke with a civilian in Gaza earlier in the hour

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  1. Bob DeFrino

    In her interview Avital Leibovich makes two statements which are reiterated by other Israeli spokepersons and, except for Joe Scarborough, which go unchallenged by US news persons. First is the argument that the "US would do the same thing" if it was being attached. I find it hard to believe that except for Joe Scarborough this morning on "Morning Joe", not one news person has challenged that assumption. I very much doubt that the US would ever so recklessly take such action resulting in so many civilian deaths. It may be Israel, but it is not us. Second, while Israel has found rickets in two UN Schools, these were abandoned and were not being used as schools. There are no reports of any rockets being found in any UN Schools currently being used as shelters. It is an important distinction. Newscasters should not let this deception – some would call it a lie – to be perpetuated on their air without challenge and clarification. It's almost as shallow as members of the US Congress and their talking points.

    August 4, 2014 at 10:55 am |
  2. Donna Moriarty

    Ms Leibovich's comments cause me to wonder if she is aware of the deaths and injuries of so many in Gaza. "its not a nice experience for an 8 or 10 year old" referring to hearing sirens and needing to go to shelter. Is the truth being reported to Israeli public?

    August 4, 2014 at 3:59 pm |
  3. Donna Moriarty

    Why is it right and just for Israel to exist YET not allowable, right or just for Palestine to exist? No borders, no votes in the U.N., nor Sovereign status????????????
    Seems very wrong, even twisted. Might give better chance of peace ; the Two Nation Solution. Difficult to understand the opposition to it. Especially hard for me , a U.S. citizen to understand our country's opposition & always voting at the U.N. with Israel no matter their atrocious actions in Gaza. Are we all to see it as "self defense"??? HORRORS!

    August 4, 2014 at 4:10 pm |
  4. Pareesa Memon

    Ridiculous. Bias rings through every nuance of both these women's voices. Compare this to Farah Baker's account; fearing constant threat to life, bombs being heard throughout, civilian casualties piling up– while here there is outrage at the need to download mobile apps and hearing sirens.

    August 4, 2014 at 11:47 pm |
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