For months we have written again and again that only a war can reunite the people of Israel. For 10 months, people argued among themselves and accused each other of being traitors, fascists and anarchists. Some were in favor of the judicial reform and the right-wing government coalition, and others were against it, fearing a possible dictatorship under Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the plans of his religious right-wing coalition. Both halves of the people hated each other and this led to deep division. And both sides repeatedly emphasized that only a catastrophe can save the people from themselves. And now “Black Shabbat” is supposed to be our salvation?
We speculated a lot, for instance over the possible outbreak of war in the north or an Iranian missile attack from the east. In the south, they foresaw a new rocket attack from the Gaza Strip and a bloody Palestinian uprising in the biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria. Maybe all at once. Only that would have been a scenario that would have shaken the people and reunited them. A terrorist attack with only a handful of deaths would not have changed anything.
With over 1,400 deaths on October 7, the purpose of uniting the people has been served. Entire families were slaughtered. The Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip managed to take Israel by surprise. This is exactly what Israel needed to wake up. The current government would never have been able to unite the people. The brotherly hatred between left and right, secular and religious, was simply too severe and too deeply anchored in people’s hearts and minds.
But then all hell broke loose in the south and the people were reunited in a moment. All those who had protested weekly against the government and its intentions in the legal system and threatened to refuse do perform reserve service, were already on the front lines within the first hours of Shabbat morning. Also the fighter pilots and the left-liberal Meretz politician Yair Golan, who had called for a civil uprising months earlier and was therefore cursed by the people as a traitor and anarchist. He was one of the first in the south with a small armed team saving Israeli lives. But not just him, many other people from all walks of life as well.
I ask myself honestly and openly, who initiated this bloody attack on Shabbat morning in the south of Israel? People who believe in God will say that God is behind it. I also believe in God. But I still wonder how everything was regulated on earth and in the country that this war is now breaking out. The rebirth of Israel is a miracle and the prophets promised this in the Bible. But this still had to be tactically incorporated into world politics and among the people of Israel in the diaspora. For this to happen, a visionary like Theodor Herzl had to express and implement the idea in Europe, and Jews had to be moved from all corners of the earth to Israel. And before that could happen, Jews had to negotiate with European governments, and Jews were destroyed in the Holocaust.
That’s exactly what I’m wondering now. How did everything come about? Who or what is behind the fact that such a war breaks out in the country at just the “right time” and unites the people? Do forecasts, feelings, promises actually come true just because we believe that this is how they have to happen? “How lucky Bibi was again,” I hear from numerous friends who were not his voters. “The war is exactly what the coalition needed to bring people back together.” But I don’t think this way. How was such an attack possible?
I hear more and more rumors of conspiracies that there were traitors in the defense establishment who helped the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip to invade. I do not think so. How is it possible that Israel’s entire security apparatus knew nothing about the planning, neither the Israeli secret service Mossad, nor the Shin Bet internal security service, or the army intelligence service Aman. Simply no one. Has the entire national leadership failed so badly, or was this deliberately planned? Once again to save the people from themselves in this time of need?
This reminds me of Joe Alon, an Israel Air Force officer and military attaché to the United States, who was mysteriously shot in the driveway of his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland, on July 1, 1973. Officially, Joe Alon was killed by PLO terrorists. However, his daughters do not believe the Israeli government. Some 10 years ago, Israeli media aired the documentary “Who Shot My Father?” Two historians presented a theory that Joe Alon was murdered because he unwittingly learned of the conspiracy regarding the Yom Kippur War, a plot by the then-US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The war was “agreed” between the USA, Israel and Egypt. After the Arab nations suffered a terrible defeat at the hands of Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War, no one was willing to talk to Israel because of the embarrassment. The Arabs had to first restore their pride before peace could be negotiated with Israel.
And so the Yom Kippur War came about. The Americans were proclaimed as saviors and future peace brokers, Egypt and Syria proved to be strong fighters at the beginning of the war and Israel won the war in the end but paid a high price, 2,700 soldiers killed. Israel’s former president and Air Force commander, Ezer Weizmann, claimed on camera that “Joe was killed because he knew something he shouldn’t know.” And that’s the conclusion of the documentary.
Why do I mention Joe Alon? Could it be that the Black Shabbat of October 7, 2023 was also a conspiracy just to unite the people? I don’t know who’s behind it. Netanyahu’s political opponent Ehud Barak is also said to be very popular. Barak, Israel’s former chief of staff, is powerful, manipulates Israel’s reality and leads the nation’s left-wing elite. We will never know the truth, but unanswered questions are driving people in the country to numerous conspiracy theories. How can it be that none of the country’s security services knew about the attack? This is as unlikely as the conspiracy theories. Or did Israeli politicians or other forces in the country intervene behind the scenes and cause the attack? People are racking their brains over this. No matter how you look at it, it is unbelievable that Israel, with all its technology and capabilities, was so defeated. No matter how you look at it, it just doesn’t make sense.
Behind all these questions, believing people find it easier to find an answer that everything is in God’s hands and He is in control. And yet I want to know how He did this. You have no idea how much this drives me crazy, how much I want to know the truth. “How unfathomable are His decrees and unsearchable His ways!”
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