by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths
President Obama's first call 'was to President Abbas' (news link)
When we read the navi'im (biblical prophets), we often assume the worst. After all, history has not been kind (so to speak). When we read "those who dwell on the borders will wander from town to town...", we assume the worst. When we read that Gog's coalition will march in and surround Jerusalem, escorted by the men of Yehuda, we assume the very worst.
Yet, the Soviet Union fell with a whisper, not with rivers of blood. The wars of Russia-Georgia and Israel-Hamas created devastation ("the Galilee will be devastated"), but again relatively few deaths (by general war standards, compare US-Iraq estimated 100,000 deaths versus Israel-Hamas 1,300 deaths).
A new king has arisen. If Gog marches into Israel diplomatically, with painful expulsions and the stationing of coalition peacekeeping troops, we will cry and lament our averot (sins) that brought such events. Yet, if Gog u'Magog is mostly a diplomatic battle, in the end we will sing Hodu L'Hashem Ki Tov, Ki l'Olam Hasdo, Praise to Hashem for He is Good, for His kindness is everlasting!
(Of course, all Hashem does is for the good. But we would like His presence to be obvious and His goodness to be in a way that we and the whole world can easily see and understand.
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא