FROM THE EDITOR
By Larry Gordon
So Iron Dome is a great technological miracle. Now we have to figure out a way to stop apologizing for it. The Arabs, the President of Turkey and an assortment of others were not embarrassed over last weekend to ask whether Israel was really being attacked by the Hamas terror arsenal emanating from Gaza. “If Israel is being attacked where are the fatalities,” asked President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. Sorry buddy, but we hope we will continue to be unable to oblige.
It seems that only Israel is capable of being so many things or at least all things to all people. One day we are the weakest most persecuted of the world’s victims in our tiny little state and then in the next breath we are this domineering and dominating unrelenting monster with designs of taking over the world.
One minute we are cast as the leeches of society and the next we are controlling the international money flow and the entire world’s business. It’s a big and time consuming job being all these simultaneous contradictory things but that seems to be our lot, to this point anyway.
For today what is troubling the world is that there has not been any direct deaths caused by almost one thousand Hamas missiles fired at population centers from Gaza. The international community has a place in its psyche for Israel’s victory so long as it is accompanied by an assortment or combination of tragic events. Thank God our fate has not been of this variety and may we continue on that track going forward until this latest conflagration comers to a conclusion, which it eventually will at some point.
In the meantime, what are we dealing with? The United Nations Secretary General, the uninfluential and inept Ban-ki-Moon said on Sunday that there must be a ceasefire because far too many Arabs had died. I cannot helping reading through the lines of his pre–prepared script but I sense that he was trying to say that the situation in Gaza is way out of control primarily because no or not enough Jews had been killed as a result of the terror rockets being indiscriminately being fired into Israel.
Clearly there is a strong element of Divine protection here and the sooner we acknowledge that the better off all of us and all of Israel will be. Most of our readers are aware of the great miracles that were wrought for our people in those waning days of the Egyptian exile over 3,300 years ago. Our prophets and sages have since clearly indicated that at the end of days, just prior to the final redemption and the arrival of the long awaited and overdue Moshiach, that the miracles of the Exodus will pale in comparison to what we will behold before our very eyes.
So, is that what we are seeing today with the advent of Iron Dome? Back not too long ago in 2006 in the Second Lebanon War in the Prime Minister Ehud Olmert days (remember him?). Israel was a classical sitting duck. Missiles and rockets were being fired at Israel from Lebanon wand causing deaths, injuries and significant damage. Despite Israel’s significant military superiority, the damage and the deaths she absorbed seemed to hand the Hezbollah terrorists a victory despite having much of their territory flattened by the Israel Air Force.
And that was the odd thing about Hezbollah and that odd reality is shared by Hamas. That is that buried somewhere inside their consistent abysmal defeat is their ability to declare victory. It is a difficult concept to wrap one’s mind around but it is a fascinating modern day reality. For the Arabs today victory is concealed inside defeat and destruction and that is why a conventional power like Israel needs to be so careful.
On the Arab side when the terror merchants are not attacking they are being paid billions of dollars to placate them and assure their silence and inactivity. Now that Gaza is being carpet bombed and it will take at least a decade to rebuild, they will also be receiving billions in aid from the international community ostensibly to rebuild but mostly to once again assure their crawling into a hole (or tunnel) and remaining silent. More in this week’s 5TJT and at 5TJT.COM
From: Shmuel Katz
When I sat down to collect my thoughts the last few weeks, it was really challenging to condense them into a single focused article. So much happens each day, that it seems as if each day has a week’s worth of news all to itself.
We’ve had about half a dozen alerts in Bet Shemesh, less than some and more than others. It’s hard to imagine what the people near Gaza go through. It seems like their sirens are constantly going off.
The prevailing attitude here is very positive. Kind of a “take it as you go” outlook. The siren goes off. We go to the closest shelter. We hang out there for about 10 minutes. Sometimes we hear the BOOM of the Iron Dome interceptor rockets blowing up the incoming rocket (you can hear it for miles and miles – we hear them from Yerushalayim). And then we leave the shelter.
The Iron Dome is amazing. The story would be vastly different without it. It is a gift from G-d that allows us to literally live our normal everyday lives. I thank Him for this gift every day.