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Don’t Feel Bad! We Didn’t Lose the War!

Hamas's celebrations of victory are based on fantasy and lies, and their joy won’t last when we hit them ten times as hard the next time.

The Ali and Joe Frazier fight in Manila, Philippines, October 1, 1975. Ali won the fight on a decision to retain the title. Frazier was arrested for drunken driving.

The Ali and Joe Frazier fight in Manila, Philippines, October 1, 1975. Ali won the fight on a decision to retain the title. Frazier was arrested for drunken driving.

Certainly, after the recent “Pillar of Defense” Operation, we all saw the amazing miracles which prevented hundreds of Israeli casualties. We all saw the Divine Providence which protected our pilots and airplanes, who returned to their bases safely, without a technical hitch, for nearly 2000 flights. We all sensed much more deeply that our success isn’t due to our air-force alone, or to the defense dome of “Kipat Barzel,” but to Hashem who watches over us and guards us.

Hashem is the Master of War. In His kindness and wisdom, He decided that the time hadn’t yet come to send our troops into Gaza. The decision wasn’t Bibi’s or Barak’s. Hashem is the Master of Wars. Our Sages teach us that the hearts of kings are in the hand of God. Great national decisions affected Clal Yisrael come from Hashem. Our leaders are responsible for the good that they do, and the bad, but the enlightened perspective knows that Hashem calls the shots. As long as our leaders don’t believe that Gaza is ours, and lack the Torah faith to utterly destroy the evil that dwells there; and as long as they lack the Torah faith to give our soldiers the green light they need not to put themselves in danger over “innocent civilians,” then it is better that our soldiers don’t give up their lives in vain.

We are advancing. Now more than ever, in the outcome of this recent skirmish, the People of Israel realize that there can be no compromise with terror, and that if we don’t dwell in Gaza, then terrorists will. Now, in the aftermath of this skirmish, more and more people in Israel realize that something in the leadership of Israel is wrong, that the same old explanations don’t work, that the policies of the Left and the Likud are bankrupt and false, and that a new spirit of courage and Emunah/faith is needed to move our Nation forward and free ourselves from the chains of world opinion, and from the rainstorm of rockets which follows when we fail to be who we really are, because the God of Israel won’t let us rest; He won’t let us be wealthy capitalists, and American-style democrats, and secular Jews enjoying the good life on our sunny Mediterranean coasts. No siree, Charlie. Hashem will make us into real Jews, little by little, war after war, if need be, until we chase all of the Apaches out of Gaza and reclaim all of our Biblical cities and borders.

This greater understanding is our victory in this war.

And now, my dear friends, I’ll tell you a little secret. Part of the secret. As much as I can tell. Without revealing my sources. Remember, the famous Ali-Forman fight in Zaire? The “Rumble in the Jungle.” How Mohammed Ali lay back on the ropes and let George Foreman pound away in the steaming, hot jungle night, blow after blow, Foreman’s devastating punches falling like missiles against Ali’s superb “Rope a Dope” defense. Until Foreman’s arms were heavy with exhaustion, and Ali leaped away from the ropes and dealt him one swift crushing blow which send the big guy sprawling to the canvas for the count, as Ali reclaimed his world heavyweight championship in the steaming jungle night with a stunning unforgettable knockout that the world will never forget.

If you are too young to remember, you can see the fight on Youtube. The point is – remember before this little skirmish with Hamas began – how the south was getting pummeled with rockets and we didn’t do a thing, as if they had us on the ropes? And how everyone in Israel was yelling at Bibi and Barak for going up to the Golan instead of taking care of business in the south, and then POW! “Rope a dope.” One swift missile blew the head off of Goliath. Suddenly Bibi and Barak were heroes! Military geniuses!

Now, my dear friends, do you think that Bibi and Barak became chicken-livered morons over night? Do you think that after a week at the helm, they lost their proverbial batzim? I can’t stand Barak as much as you, but the guy isn’t a coward. He’s ruthless and he hates the Arabs as much as you do. Maybe more. And Bibi, well, he’s not David HaMelech, but he isn’t a total zero either. Yes, he’d also like to destroy Hamas, but, first and foremost, as Prime Minister of Israel, he’s got Teheran on his mind. Day and night, night and day, stopping Iran is his Number One concern. Sure, the Grad missiles from Gaza are troublesome, but they’re firecrackers compared to the Shahab 3 missiles aimed at Tel Aviv.

About the Author: Tzvi Fishman was awarded the Israel Ministry of Education Prize for Creativity and Jewish Culture for his novel "Tevye in the Promised Land." A wide selection of his books are available at Amazon.

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4 Responses to “Don’t Feel Bad! We Didn’t Lose the War!”

  1. Liz Greenhouse says:

    I sincerely hope so.

  2. Lee Helle says:

    Sorry but taking a break to let your enemy re-arm is a battle lost, which means in the end your enemy is the winner. We can thank our worthless president for this

  3. David Neubart says:

    When you agreed to the cease fire, you lost! Lee is correct, the Arabs are rearming and getting stronger.

  4. Flor Abbo says:

    WHILE WE DOn't ABANDON HASHEM HE SURELY WILLNOT ABANDON US. THIS IS A TRUE FACT. ITS IN THE TORAH. PRAY EVERY DAY FOR HIS BLESSING AND LOVE.

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Tzvi Fishman, author of the Jewish Press blog Felafel on Rye and author of more than a dozen books.
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