The siren sounds. You have 15 seconds to get to the nearest shelter before an incoming rocket hits your city.
Imagine being old or frail or a child who is alone. Imagine being a parent with too many children to carry alone. Imagine living in a place where you wake up in the morning and wonder if there is a shelter near the street where you have to do your errands.
Israelis do not have to imagine this. For many of them, the sirens and the rockets are their reality.
On Tuesday, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas fired rockets from Israel to Israel. Israeli critics consistently point to the inconsistent number of victims on the Israeli side to the Palestinian side – it probably will not be any different today. But the fact that no one has died is not due to a lack of Palestinian efforts, but to Hamas's general incompetence and Israel's iron dome system.
However, many have condemned in the political arena. Nickolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, tweeted that "it is inadvisable to shoot indiscriminately at civilian communities!" He said he was "deeply concerned about today's rockets fired by Palestinian militants into southern Israel, one of which landed near a kindergarten".
"Such actions," he said, "undermine efforts to improve the situation in Gaza."
Emanuele Giafret, Ambassador of the European Union in Israel, commented: "When children were preparing for school this morning, a salvo of missiles from the Gaza Strip fell on southern Israel, one landed in front of a kindergarten."
"I know the resilience of communities in southern Israel, but arbitrary attacks are completely unacceptable and must be fully condemned," he tweeted.
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney tweeted: "I strongly condemn the rocket bombing of # Gaza in Israel today – I continue to work hard for the people of Gaza who live in impossible conditions – but this Hamas has undermined the violence Palestinian cause + is counterproductive to political progress. "
The damage to the Palestinian cause became apparent on Tuesday, when many of the buildings in Gaza lost their power due to a stray rocket that damaged facilities supplying electricity to the strip.
Palestinians can thank Hamas for this and much of their suffering.