This past Thursday afternoon, Israel's media reported speeches by Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israeli Air Force Commander Amir Eshel at an IAF Pilot - Graduation ceremony where both boasted how Israel is ready and capable of striking its enemies anywhere and how the Israel Air Force is the world's best and holds big surprises for its enemies. When I heard this I cringed; that's not the way Hashem wants us to speak or act, boastfully patting ourselves on the back and attributing our power to the "might of our right hand", to paraphrase the Torah.
Several hours later, on Thursday evening, an IDF Skylark surveillance drone crashed near Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem. Fortunately, it didn't fall into the wrong hands like the one that crashed inside Lebanon this past May.
Coincidence? Only fools fail to fill in the dots...
King Solomon, the wisest man who ever walked the face of the earth said, "Arrogance precedes failure" (Proverbs 16:18).
Bravado (bragging, boasting) and banana peels have something very much in common - they always precede a slip-up.
Bravado and big-talk has traditionally characterized Iran and the Arabs. Why, once more, are Israel's leaders following falling in their footsteps? Does the tough-boy talk deter our enemies? No way - it only upsets Hashem, as the slap of the wrist with the fallen drone shows.
Hashem oz l'amo - Hashem is our power. Nothing else. When a person's nose is close to the ground, there's little room for him to fall. Beware of bravado and beware of banana peels.