Israel’s Cabinet unilaterally accepted a ceasefire yesterday. The Prime Minister says the he wants to give diplomacy a chance. Naturally, he won’t succeed. He should have been saying, let’s give teshuva a chance. Unfortunately, the government in its blindness has left Hashem out of the peace equation; since that’s the case, there can be no peace.
Hamas answered Bibi with a barrage of forty more rockets. So meanwhile, the fighting has resumed. I can’t help but feeling that our leaders lack clear objectives and resolve. There is certainly a lack of agreement on how to fight this war, within the Israel government coalition itself. Rather than calling for a decisive victory, they’re still calling for a ceasefire. They just don’t understand…
Every other ceasefire in the past has only yielded a stronger Hamas, more war, and eroded Israeli deterrrence. This one is no different. In the latest round of hostilities, the Hamas leadership and infrastructure have remained intact, underground. The smuggling tunnels that replenish Hamas arsenals and the terror-embarkation tunnels that threaten Israel’s citizens are also intact. Hamas, weakened and diplomatically isolated before the war, is now the darling of the Arab world – Daud – the Arab David who stood up to the Israeli Goliath without flinching. Once again, the Israeli government has chosen the path of flattery to the nations rather than doing Hashem’s will.
As I wrote yesterday, from “Operation Cast Lead” which began on Dec. 27, 2008 to “Operation Pillar of Defense” that began on Nov. 14, 2012 was almost 4 years. Then, only 20 months later, we now have the current “Operation Protective Shield” began on July 8, 2014. Everytime, Hamas comes back with more and stronger weaponry, while war becomes more and more frequent. And, with the current ceasefire when nothing has been accomplished, my estimate is that hostilities will resume in less than a year. Why? The problem has not been solved.
Hamas is not the problem, but a mere discipline-rod in Hashem’s hands. The problem is the government’s disengagement with Hashem, with His Torah, and with everything Jewish. Like the old folk song goes, “When will they ever learn?”
Even though the government doesn’t know what it’s doing, Hashem does. Let’s trust Him, and Him only. There’s no one else to depend on, ever.
Israeli and Italian Foreign Ministers Visit Ashdod
Earlier this afternoon, Foreign Minister Avigdor Leiberman brought his Italian counterpart to Ashdod:
If you think rocket strikes on Israel have slowed, talk to the residents from Eilat, Ashdod, Rishon Le Zion, Ashkelon, Sderot, or Netivot, all of which saw attacks today. But as long as rockets are filling the sky, Magen David Adom will be in force on the streets, racing to the scene of direct hits, and treating the wounded as well as the traumatized.Since the attacks began, MDA has treated 269 people, 24 of them for shrapnel wounds. And MDA will be there for the people of Israel — long after this crisis is over. But now, while rockets are still flying, we need you to be there for the people of Israel too.The ball bearings and metal scraps placed in Hamas rockets are designed to kill civilians.The Ceasefire, Hamas Style
The Israeli government agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire that was theoretically to go into effect at 9AM this morning. In return, Ashdod was hit with two missile attacks at 11:20 and 11:25 AM, the testimony of Hamas/Ishmaelite integrity. Several missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome, one right over our street. One missile sneaked by the missile defense and made a direct hit on a residential home, landing on the patio near the front door. The blast was so great, that it knocked the reinforced metal front door right out of its frame, as you’ll see in the image below (courtesy ofashdodnet.com). Later this evening, we’ll be back, G-d willing, with an emuna analysis on latest events. Thank You, Hashem, that no one has been hurt in the latest barrage.