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Retired Military Rabbi: IDF Brought Down Morsi, Ahmadinejad

In Syria and Lebanon as well, the IDF created a quagmire for both President Bashar Assad and for Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
Col. (ret.) Rabbi Dov Povarsky (R.) with Haredi journalist David Argaman.

Col. (ret.) Rabbi Dov Povarsky (R.) with Haredi journalist David Argaman.
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According to Col. (ret.) Rabbi Dov Povarsky, who served as a military rabbi until 2005, among other assignments as rabbi of the IDF Officer School, of the Judea and Samaria Division and of the Military Intelligence unit, the downfall of Muslim Brothers’ president, Mohammed Morsi, was brought about by the IDF.

At least that’s how the retired chaplain opens his very clever op-ed in Kikar HaShabbat, suggesting that following the bolstering of Hamas, as its mother-movement, the Brotherhood, was gaining power in Egypt, the IDF became very concerned. The result, writes Povarsky, took place quickly, as millions came out to the streets and the public squares, and Takhrir became a hotbed of anti-regime protesters—all of it to the IDF’s credit.

Likewise, the Iranian nuclear threat, personified by madman President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was greatly diminished due to the rapid influence of the IDF, which brought about the election of a more moderate replacement.

In Syria and Lebanon as well, the IDF created a quagmire for both President Bashar Assad and for Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, tying them up in an endless civil war which exacts an unimaginable toll from everyone involved and boosts markedly Israel’s security at the northern border.

OK, at that point even the most dense reader understands that the author, a founder of yeshiva Lev Ahron in Har Nof, Jerusalem, is using irony. He doesn’t really believe that the IDF had anything at all to do with the astonishing collapse, or at least serious weakening, of all of Israel’s immediate enemies.

In fact, Povarsky compares the IDF’s attempts in the past at responding to the Hamas threat, attempts that barely slowed it down. Now, after a new regime has taken over Egypt, Hamas is actually on the run, being attacked directly—with fire power—as well as indirectly, through economic warfare, by the new powers that be in Cairo, who hate and fear them. Their smuggling tunnels are mostly out of commission, their passage into Egypt is greatly curtailed – if things don’t improve soon, the Hamas, too, might be facing their own coup d’état.

In the end, concludes Povarsky, the real guardian of Israel, who truly has the ability to bring down kings and presidents, is not the IDF, with all due respect, but a much higher authority.

“The Guardian of Israel does not rest and does not sleep,” writes Povarsky. “Our nation has many merits: Torah scholars, numerous givers of charity, and simple Jews who lead a good and kosher life, and so, despite the many blemishes within and without, the Merciful has mercy on us, and with His Goodness removes from us the serious threats which used to appear beyond solution, even with a strong IDF.”

“I have no intention of putting down the IDF,” he quickly explains. “We have the duty of hishtadlut – making the effort, alongside which we have no one to count on except our Father in Heaven.”

In that context, Povarsky explains, the IDF is our hishtadlut – not anything beyond that.

And so, in a very clever way, he manages to remind all of us that the value of yeshiva students is easily as high as that of our military, especially when it comes to security issues.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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13 Responses to “Retired Military Rabbi: IDF Brought Down Morsi, Ahmadinejad”

  1. John Keytack says:

    With all due respects to the rabbi, I doubt his claims. The article also states that he left the military in 2005. Since he has been out of the system for so long I don’t believe he’d be in a position to have “inside knowledge.” I thank him for his service.

  2. The new president of Iran is a mere figurehead. The nuclear threat lives on.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I'd love to believe that this is true, but reality says otherwise. In terms of Iran, the office of president is mainly ceremonial. The Islamic dictatorship calls the shots. Even if the new "president" was moderate, which he is not, the mullahs in power are still racing to acquire nuclear weapons. In terms of Egypt, Morsi was overthrown by the military because millions of Egyptians demonstrated day after day against him. Egyptians pored into the streets because they hated what Morsi was doing to Egypt, not because the IDF encouraged them to demonstrate.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I'd love to believe that this is true, but reality says otherwise. In terms of Iran, the office of president is mainly ceremonial. The Islamic dictatorship calls the shots. Even if the new "president" was moderate, which he is not, the mullahs in power are still racing to acquire nuclear weapons. In terms of Egypt, Morsi was overthrown by the military because millions of Egyptians demonstrated day after day against him. Egyptians pored into the streets because they hated what Morsi was doing to Egypt, not because the IDF encouraged them to demonstrate.

  5. Purely wishful thinking. The Arabs are more than capable of self-destructing without any help on our part.

  6. David Levi says:

    THIS GUY IS DREAMING AS USUAL..TO BE A RABBI DOEN GIVE TO MUCH KNOWLEDGE AND RIGHT TO TALK..TO TALK NONSENSE ONLY AND ONLY IN HIS HOUSE IS ALLOWED…..NOT IN PUBLIC..PLEASE

  7. Lou Weiss says:

    Did you read the complete article? He was just joking about the IDF. The Arabs actually blame every incident that happens to them on the Jews, Israelis and the IDF. The rabbi concluded his piece by putting the blame on the One and Only, where it actually really belongs.

  8. All must work for peace and development in Egypt.Restore democracy with honesty and service to the people of Egypt. Remove hunger, unemployment and poverty.

  9. While I wish Israel peace, I also wish the children of Palastine a place to call their home. That they are not subjected to any other foreign influence.

  10. Fernando A Espinal Sr says:

    That would never happened cousin keep dreaming

  11. Fernando A Espinal Sr says:

    that is foreign influence.

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