A Hebrew-language forum website dedicated to paganism contains accounts of Israeli soldiers who said they, like their Bible-believing God-fearing comrades, said many prayers during the recent Gaza war, just not to the God of Israel.
One soldier recounted that during combat in Gaza in January, the three pagan gods to whom he has sworn allegiance appeared to him to provide strength and comfort.
Another soldier was more specific, reporting how he often prayed to Anat, the Canaanite god of war, before engaging the Hamas enemy.
A researcher at Bar-Ilan University who was interviewed by Ha'aretz said there is a small, secretive, but fairly unified group of practicing pagans in Israel. She will present her research at a conference on local spirituality at Haifa University later this week.
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