The plan was to write a post about our celebration of the new month this evening. I was going to tell about how the Jewish month of Kislev is associated with miracles. For us as a family, the beginning of Kislev marks the time when we start preparing for Hanukkah, something we really have been looking forward to. In between there would be pictures of my happy children eating jelly doughnuts, very traditional for Hanukkah.
Instead I am sitting here glued to the TV-screen, watching my country at war. You may mention that all week my posts have been about the war-conditions of southern Israel. Well, it just escalated in a major way! All kinds of people are contacting me to ask how this affects my husband, – Is he called up for active army duty? Are all the soldiers called in at this point?? And for a long time I could not get in touch with him, as he is already in the army this week, for an exercise. Finally I did hear from him, and the plan is still for him to come home at the end of the week as planned. But who knows? The calling up of all the IDF soldiers seems to be a relatively open question on the news right now.
What happened is that the Israel Air Force efficiently took out the head of Hamas. This man who is responsible for so many attacks against Israel, so many murders, and also the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, is no longer among us. This is the beginning of a major Israeli Operation called “Operation Cloud Pillar”. What an amazingly powerful name! A reminder of who it is that goes before us! The God of Israel is the same today as He was when He led us through the dessert from Egypt to Israel!
Hamas says the assassination is a declaration of war to them, and keep shooting rockets at Israel to the best of their abilities after Israel has destroyed several of their shooting-platforms. Israel keeps stopping the rockets with the amazing Iron Dome, and the rockets that do manage to land “successfully” have so far not killed anyone. I guess I get to talk about miracles anyway!!! One of the many rockets that hit Beer Sheva hit a shopping center, which happened to be empty! A house was hit in Ashdod, no one was killed, but of course people were thrown into trauma.
All of a sudden the situation we have been dealing with here for almost a week already, hits the top news all over the world. (Where has everyone been as the 150 rockets were shot from Gasa to Israel during the last few days??) The news around the world makes it sound like this was all an Israeli initiative, and not just a desperate move of defense, but of course this does not come as a surprise to any of us. The fact that they fail to mention that Hamas aims at Israeli civilians while hiding behind palestinian civilians, while Israel aims very strategically at the terrorists doing their best to not hit any civilians, is also just as expected.
Our prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives a speech where he again says that Israel cannot accept this type of attack on it’s citizens. We have shown this evening how we defend ourselves, and we are prepared to keep this up. I watch our defense minister Ehud Barak saying that this is just the beginning, and for everyone to behave the way they know they should in this situation, the way we have all practiced. When the alarm goes off, you stay in the bomb shelter for ten minutes, etc.
So we behave the way we know we should in this situation, also in Jerusalem. Among other things I sing some extra songs for the children as they go to bed in the evening, about the angels that watch over them and the Keeper of Israel who neither slumbers nor sleeps… And as I sit here alone in the living room missing my soldier, I keep on praying, constantly. Now as we enter the month of Kislev, we live in the hope and the faith that we will keep seeing miracles, God’s Hand over our Land and People. We rest in the trust that He is our Cloud Pillar, as faithful and as powerful today as He was then!
- Netanyahu: Israel will protect its citizens against Hamas terror (thejc.com)
- Israeli strike kills Hamas leader in Gaza (jta.org)