Israelis on the front lines of the battle with Lebanon's Hizballah militia are girding for more attacks but say they are willing to endure temporary hardship if the government succeeds in getting Hizballah off their backs once and for all. "If we don't want to pay the small payment now, in the future we'll have to pay a much bigger price," said Geda Young, whose third-floor Haifa apartment was destroyed by a Hezbollah Katyusha rocket Monday.
"It's the first time since the 1948 war that the Israeli home front has been so exposed to attack and by an outside party," said Sami Michael, an Israeli author who lives in Haifa. "The population is showing maturity in dealing with the situation. The country believes that it is in the right." A survey in the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot Tuesday found that 86 percent of Israelis think the operation is justified and 81 percent want it to continue.