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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 Custom Print Marketing Imitations & ~ts Digital & Offset Prin~ng Brochures & Booklets Direct Mail Services Forms & Letterheads 407-767-7110 Business Cards Friedman Friedman Excellence in Real Estate Jeffrey and Barbara Friedman Welcome Sheryl Kashuk To The Team 407-222-6059 - Direct One Team. Twice the Knowledge, Service and Experience Serving the Central Florida Jewish Community for over 12 years ma+w By Israel Hayom Exclusive to Leading up to the start of a new academic year in Israel, parents in the rocket-battered south are saying they do not feel safe sending their children back to school. On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at his weekly cabinet meeting that the current operation in Gaza would not end before the beginning of the school year on Sept. 1. Gaza terrorists have fired thousands of rockets and mortars into the communities in the south in recent weeks. Israeli officials including Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, and Education Minister Shay Piron--agree that the safety of students and their parents is the top consideration guiding the decision on whether or not to begin the school year. On Sunday, Piron said that the Education Ministry "is prepared to provide the resi- dents of the south with a wide array of educational solutions, at any time or place." "The solutions will be pro- vided in accordance with the [IDF] Homefront Command instructions and tailored to the needs of the families living in the south," said Piron. "The best interest of the students and the parents is the educa- tion system's top priority." Education Ministry Direc- tor-General Michai Cohen met with representatives of the Homefront Command and the National Emergency Authority on Sunday to ex- amine possible alternatives for the coming school year. Some of the options raised were to absorb the children of the south in schools situated in northern and central Israel, to hold small classes in shifts at schools built to withstand rocket fire, to hold synchro- nized lessons remotely while students remain at home, and to launch activities in bomb shelters. "Every student that comes to school, even if the school is not in the student's home district, will be welcome," Cohen said. But parents in southern communities are in no rush to send their children to school as long as there is no guarantee of safety. "This insane situation has raised the biggest dilemma of my life," Marina Levy said. "My children and I can't wait for school to begin because there is a limit to how long you can keep the kids inside protected rooms. Also, not sending the children to school would be a wonderful reward to give to Hamas for the terror they're imposing on us. What am I supposed to do? Maybe the leaders of the country have the answers." Ashkelon resident Maj. (res.) Ran Levy, the chairman of the Dromim ("Southern- ers") movement, started a petition calling on the be harmed, school will not authorities not to begin the open," he said. school year. Sdot Negev Regional Coun- 'Tmnotjustthinkingabout cil head Tamir Idan was myself, I'm thinking about equally decisive. "The Sept. the general population in 1 date is not set in stone," the south," said Ran, whose he said. "We won't begin son is set to begin the second the school year as planned grade. He said his petition if the massive fire continues has received more than 700 in the coming days. We have signatures, witnessed more casualties in Some community heads the last few days." are opposed to beginning Ashkelon Mayor Itamar the school year because Shimoni similarly said,"Un- many of the schools within der no circumstances will we rocket range are not protected return to our normal routine against projectiles. Kiryat under fire." Malachi Mayor Eliyahu Zohar "Onlywhen it is certain that said that "we will seriously the threat of rockets hasbeen consider whether [or not] to eliminated will the students begin the school year." return to the kindergartens "The guiding principle and schools," he said. will be that if there is even a --With reporting by Yael remote chance that a single Branovsky, GadiGolan, Nitsi hair from a child's head will Yakov, and Shlomo Cesana ,+ ...................................................... 7--777 ...... i . + :. - Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur - 10:00am-12:00pm - + Israel member? :