‘Why do you have to leave?’ Israelis prepare their children for war

‘Why do you have to leave?’ Israelis prepare their children for war

TEL AVIV—WhatsApp chats with my friend Maytal Ross revolved around planning outings for our 6-year-old sons, who attend the same public school north of Tel Aviv. Since Saturday’s attack, they have spoken of terror, losses and preparations for war.

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