17 Days of the Omer
It's a very bad practice at any time, but especially when we are in such a dire situation with our enemies, to take all the credit for ourselves and to leave HKB"H completely out of the picture.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday asserted that Israel was “more powerful” than ever, after Iran threatened to retaliate for an raid on an Iranian military in facility in Syria that killed 7 soldiers and that has been attributed to Israel.
“The founders of modern Zionism did not say the attacks on the Jewish people would cease once we establish a Jewish state, Netanyahu told the Keren Hayesod-UIA Annual World Conference in Jerusalem.
“They said that we could defend ourselves against those attacks. And that’s exactly what the State of Israel has done,” he said. “It’s restored the capacity of the Jewish people to defend ourselves, by ourselves, against any threat.
He continued: “And we are as powerful as we’ve [ever] been before. We’re economically successful as we’ve never been before. And we take our economic power and our military might and we weld them together to have unprecedented diplomatic flourishing of Israel’s relations around the world.”Someone should remind him of what a former great leader of Israel once wrote:
"Before destruction comes pride, and before stumbling [comes] a haughty spirit." (Mishlei 16.18)During the week in which Israel prepares to celebrate 70 years of "independence," it's never been clearer to the average Israeli how very dependent we have become on the help of "allies." For all Netanyahu's bluster about Iran, it sounds to me like he's whistling in the dark when he needs to start praying.