Expecting war? The "Iron Dome" missile defense system redeployed near Haifa - above image, via Rafael, Advanced Weapons Systems Development, Israel - "If Hashem will not guard a city, the watchman's vigilence is in vain", Psalm 127:1)
Understanding Israel news without emuna is like trying to take a photograph with the camera's lens cap on. That's why I wholly disagree with IDF Northen Command head Maj. Gen. Yair Golan who says that Israel is not heading for war. Former Shin-Bet Director Avi Dichter says the same thing - no war in sight. This reminds me of the smug anti-emuna pre-Yom Kippur War (1973) atmosphere, when despite the tension, PM Golda Meir, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan and their generals miserably misread the map and also said there would be no war. And, there was a war - a terrible one - that Israel almost lost, were it not for a series of miracles that Hashem performed.
Hashem makes the news and decides wars, as we say every morning in the L'Kel Baruch Neimot prayer. So what is Hashem doing now?
"From the north, evil shall be released on all the residents of the Land (Israel)" - Jeremiah 1:14.
Why does the above passage use the passive form, "shall be released"? Because Hashem will decide when the Iranians and the proxies north of us begin firing missiles - they are mere puppets in Hashem's hands. If Israel wants to avoid war, it must urgently make peace with Hashem. That means, that the Israeli government must urgently curtail hostilities against the world of Torah. Recently, elected officials have been openly referring to the Haredi population as "parasites". If an elected official referred to the Arab population in such a venomous manner, he would be drummed out of office. But now, with a Haredi-free government, the populists are now blaming all of the country's ills on the Haredim as an excuse to deligitimize the black-hatted population, giving them the choice of submission to secular directives or lose financial and other basic privileges. That's unfortunate, for the Israeli Government's financial support of the Torah world earned it tremendous merit. Yet, if the Government chooses to forfeit this merit, someone else will gain the privilege. The Yeshiva World will not fall, with or without Government support.
Furthermore, the Israeli media is notorious for its maltreatment of the Torah-loyal Haredi population, who are abused far more in the media than the Arabs are. Secular Israel lives in denial, for Torah is our only right to the Land of Israel. The Jews are Hashem's Chosen People only because of their acceptance and observance of Torah. Throughout the Torah, Hashem warns us that a breach in Torah study and observance will bring about a breach in peace and security, as we see happening now.
This should be a warning to all those who are trying to undermine Torah education and Torah learning in the Land of Israel. My heart breaks at seeing knitted-kipa-wearing brothers partner with those who seek to deligitimize and dehumanize the Torah-loyal community. Everyone thought that with the Bayit Hayehudi party in the government, that building would flourish in Judea and Samaria. Hashem is showing otherwise; even with Bayit Hayehudi's Uri Ariel as Housing Minister, as of this morning, all building is once again frozen in Judea and Samaria - a direct order from PM Netanyahu (and probably Obama via Kerry). What a measure-for-measure boomerang: one who partners in stifling the growth of Yeshivas will see the growth of his own community stifled.
Expectedly, as soon as the government and media delegitimize Torah-loyal Jews, the nations - even allies - begin to deligitimize Israel. Several days ago, a respected former Bush-administration official said that the use of chemical weapons in Syria is an Israeli false-flag operation. And earlier today, the world is crying out that the Israelis broke all rules by using depleted uranium on the early Sunday pre-dawn strike against Syria. Yet without emuna, Israeli officials can't smell the Hashem's measure-for-measure coffee. Israel badmouths its Torah-loyal sons, wait and see how the nations badmouth Israel.
How do we know this? The Chafetz Chaim and sages before him all the way back to the Zohar have taught that the nations cannot harm a Jew until one Jew harms another Jew.
As far as our northern border goes, if I read the cards right, Assad will not fall. At worst, he'll head a new Alawite state that the Iranians, Hizbulla murderers and he carve out in Shiite and Alawite controlled areas of Syria, then fight an ongoing ethnic war until he recaptures all of Syria. The difference between Syria and the Sunni countries that were affected by Arab Spring is that Syria has the total backing of Iran. Iran (and Russia) won't let their man Assad fall. That's why all of Hizbulla - Iran's Lebanese proxy - is also at Syria's disposal. Syria is itching to retaliate against Israel now after the IAF Sunday morning strike near Damascus; that would be a good way to stop the rebels and mobilize them against Israel. But Iran won't yet give the green light; it needs a few more short weeks to assemble its A-bomb. Iran will go to war when it's confidant it will win. The Ayetollas are known for their patience.
Meanwhile, Iraq has also become an Iranian proxy. Shiite Al Maliki - a gross butcher of humanity and an arch-villain - is Tehran's man on the campus. So, with control of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon - and the USA's ineptness in the balagan (Israeli slang for chaos) of the Middle East, Jordan will soon crumble too. People are afraid of the Jihadis and Al Qaida, but for now, the Sunni Moslems are no match for their Shiite rivals on a global scale. That's why Turkey and Saudi Arabia tremble every time they hear the word Iran.
Iran, the Shiite Empire, is spreading just as the Gemara and Zohar said it would. Moshiach is close by. He could either come pleasantly, if we all make teshuva and stop harassing the Torah public, or come under a rain of missiles, G-d forbid. Take your choice, Israel. As for me, I choose Hashem and emuna. With Torah and emuna, living in the Land of Israel is a paradise on earth. That is a major miracle, for we're in the Middle East and not in the South Pacific. May we all hear good tidings soon, amen!