This morning, the electronic media in Israel was suddenly inundated with haunting scenarios about what's instore for Israel, Heaven forbid. I certainly don't agree with many of the things that Jerusalem Post editor David Horovitz writes, nor with his outlook, but I do give him credit for rationality and level-headedness. Mr. Horovitz is certainly not a doomesday profit; one therefore cannot ignore or casually dismiss what he writes about the current security situation here:
Today, Syria has an estimated 2,300 missiles that can hit Tel Aviv, Hizbullah has 1,200, Iran 400 and Hamas in Gaza has dozens. (Hamas test-fired a Fajr-5 – which can travel 80 kilometers – from the Gaza coast last October.)... The central Gush Dan area, home to more than a quarter of the Israeli population, could be hit – hit hard, and hit often – in the next war... Some of the missiles arrayed against Israel, moreover, are extremely accurate. Jewish Jerusalemites can no longer assume that they are off limits. Missiles built by Syria and recently acquired by Hizbullah are accurate to within a few hundred meters. The launch crews, feeling immune in a geographical comfort zone, say, north of Beirut, can now aim for the Jews of the holy city without worrying about blowing up Al-Aksa by mistake... The catch-all description of “Scuds” shouldn’t mislead us, either. These are not Saddam’s 1991 projectiles. These are missiles that can carry half-ton payloads. When they land, they cause major destruction... Were a new round of conflict to break out, Hizbullah and/or Syria and/or Hamas could attempt to fire hundreds upon hundreds of missiles into the heart of Israel in an opening eruption... and then to maintain intense fire for as long as they could – weeks or even months. The aim would be to confine much of Israel to the bomb shelters, and thus to extract capitulative decisions from an Israeli government weakened by a panicking citizenry.
Well-known columnists from Israel's ultra-popular Ynet, Hanan Greenberg and Ron Ben Yishai warn how the coming war - likely to be this summer, many say - will not be a walk in the park. This past week, we had civil defense drills all across the country. The experts say that the drills are aspirin in the face of a terminal disease - once again, we're not talking about doomsday prophets.
Yet, the anti-emuna media is completely skirting the real issue. Yes, the threats are there. Sure, "mighty" Israel will try to deal a devastating blow to the enemy. Certainly, the damage in the meanwhile is liable to be devastating.
The real issue is Hashem. The missile threats from our enemies - having discovered Israel's Achilles heel in the recent Gaza War and the Second Lebanon War - are non other than wake-up calls from Hashem, Who has been patiently awaiting for us to come home to Him. If we don't do so on our own, we'll have prodding from our enemies. Why? The time for Geula is coming fast.
Now hear this: it's either a massive preemptive strike of Emuna and teshuva, or a very imminent war. If you'd like to hear more on the subject, drop by the Carlebach Shul on Dolev Street in Ramat Bet Shemesh tonight, Sunday, May 30th at 8"15 PM, for we'll be speaking on the subject, "Will our Children Survive Gog and Magog?" Hope to see you there.