Sderot has not been defeated by Hamas, but it is being held hostage by the government. Olmert's failure to act ? not only in his efforts to prevent the Qassams and to find a wise solution, but also to allot Sderot the facilities it needs to live under fire, are what is defeating Sderot ? not Hamas. Why has the entire home front in the north lived under years of rocket fire for a much longer time, and still stood fast through much more severe barrages and much more formidable missiles? The answer is not in the strength of the enemy, but in the fact that the northern communities, towns, and cities have been equipped with shelters and security rooms to enable residents to continue life in as normal a manner as possible under fire, and not leave our homes. But Sedrot and its people have long been neglected. If the government starts to assume some responsibility and provides Sderot with the proper facilities that befit a front-line city the people of Sderot will be able to stand firm.
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from the article: An Israeli defeat in Sderot