One Man's Generosity
Arkady Gaydamak, a billionaire Russian immigrant, empathized with the plight of these Sderot residents and provided them with a week's vacation in a hotel in Eilat.
This was not the first time this generous benefactor came to the rescue of his threatened fellow citizens. When terrorist missiles drove residents of the northern communities from their homes during the recent Second Lebanese War, it was Gaydamak who set up a tent city to house them in a safer locale.
While many people are thankful to Arkady for his generous help, some people in the government have expressed resentment at his initiative of treading on what they consider their turf.
It is hoped, however, that both government and individuals will follow in the footsteps of this new star on the horizon of philanthropy.