“Rockets don’t scare us. Dictatorship does – a lot!” – Demonstration at [Minister of Agriculture Avi] Dichter’s home in Ashkelon
“The disappointment is so great, it caused us to get together after a night in which rockets were fired at us here. We don’t even know if the demonstration will end without more sirens sounding and another rocket barrage. That just shows that rockets don’t scare us. But dictatorship scares us a lot.”
Ami, a former member of the Security Service, who knows Dichter [former head of the Security Service] well. Said at the demonstration opposite Avi Dichter’s home in Ashkelon.
At noon on Friday, after a night of “Code Red” sirens and rocket barrages, in an atmosphere of total security uncertainty, dozens of citizens gathered opposite Avi Dichter’s home for their weekly demonstration. Avi had served in the Security Service and knew Dichter well, and this was one of the speeches that Avi gave. These were what remained, after the demonstrators’ bitterness, anger and resentment, concerning all the nice words and the never-ending stories of how much the country owes Dichter:
“He’s got a lot of rights. Even now. I think that finally, we cannot present only the dark side of the moon, and Dichter has a lot. And that’s why the disappointment is so great.
“It’s so great, that it caused us to get together, even after a night in which rockets were fired at us here, a night when the sirens sounded Code Red, when no one knew what will be, not even whether this demonstration will end without more sirens and another rocket barrage. Here I want to say, you are all appreciated and respected, that you came out today, despite the night we had. It just shows that rockets don’t scare us. But dictatorship scares us – a lot. I’m speaking for myself.”
(Shouts from the demonstrators: Right! Really right!)
That’s the reason that we’re here, and that’s the reason that we will continue to come here and demonstrate. And I believe that a much bigger crowd will come out and demonstrate. I take my hat off to you!”