BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Representative Dan Goldman and his family were in Israel on Saturday morning when Palestinian terrorists launched their bloody surprise attack. The Goldmans were uninjured and departed from Israel on Sunday.
Simone Kanter, the District 10 congressman’s spokesperson, said the politician and his clan — who were in Tel Aviv — were able to safely shelter from the rocket barrage.
“Congressman Goldman, his wife and three youngest children were in Israel for a family bar mitzvah when Hamas brutally attacked Israel on Shabbat and Simchat Torah, one of the holiest Jewish holidays,” Kanter said. “Congressman Goldman and his family sheltered from Hamas rocket fire in their hotel’s interior stairwell until early Sunday morning, when they were able to safely depart for New York.
“Congressman Goldman is grateful for the assistance of the State Department and Israeli authorities, and he hopes all Americans can come together to support Israel’s right to defend herself from terrorism and war crimes.”
On Saturday, Hamas fired around 3,500 rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel. According to the Wall Street Journal, at least two of the deadly projectiles reached as far north as Tel Aviv, slamming into two buildings there and injuring four people.
Following the rocket attack, Palestinian terrorists, in a coordinated assault, swarmed into southern Israel on motorcycles, trucks, speedboats and hang gliders, gunning down people on the streets, in their homes and at a rave dance party, as well as kidnapping others.
According to news reports, the terrorists killed an estimated more than 700 Israelis, kidnapping 100 — including young and elderly women — and wounding 2,200. The Israeli Defense Forces say they have killed around 400 terrorists, both inside Israel and in airstrikes in Gaza.