Almost everyone in Israel laments our lack of deterrence. Some trace it back to Israel's hasty retreat from Lebanon a dozen years ago. Others go back further, to the first Intifada, or Arab uprising, in the late 1980's. Still others claim that our lack of deterrence is a result of Israel's failure to score a decisive victory over the Hamas and coalition of Gaza terrorists, both in operation “Cast Lead” two and a half years ago and in the recent round of Gazan rocket attacks against the south of Israel last month. Even worse, Israel failed miserably against a mere few thousand Hizbolla fighters five years ago in 2006, who virtually paralyzed the north of Israel.
The above facts, although noteworthy, are mere symptoms; they are not the core reason for Israel's lack of deterrence.
So where's the deterrence?
Also featured this week:
Rabbi Shalom Arush: Your Own Track
Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Kook: The Holy Cloud
Rabbi Simcha Raz: A Fatal Mistake
Dr. Zev Ballen: One Short Prayer
Rachel Tzippora Avrahami: Best Job on Earth
Racheli Reckles: Shaking the Carpet
Rivka Levy: Do it Right
* This coming Tuesday night and Wednesday is Memorial Day for Israel's fallen soldiers.
* This coming Wednesday night and Thursday is Israel Independence Day. For those who are asking, there will be an emuna lesson and broadcast this coming Wednesday evening at 7:15 PM in the Chut Shel Chesed Yeshiva in Jerusalem as usual.
* G-d willing, we'll soon post the itinerary of our upcoming May 10-21, 2012 trip to Hong Kong, Singapore, and China. We look forward to seeing all of wonderful friends there. Have a wonderful week!