by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
As I stepped out of shul late this morning for a bit of air, I heard an extended series of rolling BOOMs. Not being familiar with the sound of WAR, I paused and wondered what was it? Kind of like an earthquake, but no ground motion. Sort of like a sonic boom, but it just kept going.
I exited Shabbos to find the Israeli southern border battle escalated. What southern border battle you ask? For those who don't follow the news closely, southern Israeli towns, villages, and cities have been under ROCKET and MISSILE attack for the past 7 YEARS. In the past year southern Israel has been hit with 3,000 (!!!!) rockets or missiles. IN THE PAST WEEK, 200 (!!!!!!!).
The world once again hears the cry of DISPROPORTIONATE RESPONSE (whatever the heck that means). Dear World, you are absolutely correct! Israel has been hit 3,000 times in the past year and has hit back 100 times. Indeed, Israel has NOT been defending itself proportionately!
Perhaps that has begun to change.
Don't forget, dear World (though you will), Hamas chose NOT to renew the (not) truce. (Not truce? 3,000 attacks is NOT a truce even if the Israeli politicians were willing to pretend it was.) Hamas decided they couldn't tolerate ONLY making an average of 57 attacks a week (that's only [???] 8 per day), not enough Jews being killed, maimed, or terrorized.
The poor little crazed homicidal barbaric murderous killer is not the injured party here.
World, you will conveniently forget that. You will demand instant secession of hostilities (that never stop from the Arab side). You will demand Israel feed, cloth, keep the power, phone, and water on, deliver oil, gas, and all normal services of civilization while under constant bombardment and while the delivery people are attacked and killed.
There are only 3 possible explanations for this:
1. You buy into Palestinian propaganda much as you bought into Hitler's y"s propaganda. That ended really well last time, didn't it? (Really bad for the Jews, but Europe didn't exactly come out in good shape.)
2. You truly have fallen for the completely liberal super-civilized ideals of being kind to the enemy and it all being a misunderstanding that can be calmly worked out (and anyone who isn't doing so is the bad guy). If true, it will be interesting to watch you flounder dealing with a resurgent Russia and aggressive Muslim immigrant population. Somehow I don't think a strongly worded letter will be sufficient. If history has any lessons, you may want to read up on the fall of the Roman empire.
3. Esav hates Yaakov. In other words, anti-semitism. You truly do hate Israel for the fact that it's Jewish and are quite happy to undermine it.
Dear World, fortunately I don't trust in you. If one should pursue a thousand, and two - ten-thousand, or G-d forbid the reverse, can one fail to see the hand of the King of kings?
Trust in your chariots and horses, in your economies and politics.
We will trust in Hashem (G-d).
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא