Tachles with Aviel – I don’t understand a lot of things

There’s a lot I don’t understand about the outbreak of war. And that drives me and many people crazy.

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: Gaza, Hamas
People gather and light candles in Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv on October 17, 2023, to commemorate the victims murdered by Hamas terrorists. Photo: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90
People gather and light candles in Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv on October 17, 2023, to commemorate the victims murdered by Hamas terrorists. Photo: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

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?

The people were divided. Demonstration against judicial reform. Photo: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

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.

See: Every kibbutz and moshav in the south was raided

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.

All hell broke loose in the south. Death and destruction in Kibbutz Kfar Aza. Edi Israel/Flash90

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?

Joe Alon. Photo: IDF

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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6 responses to “Tachles with Aviel – I don’t understand a lot of things”

  1. Susan says:

    🙌 This tragedy is so hard to comprehend; but this I know, God is NOT the culprit! From the beginning in Genesis, man sought to blame God: the woman that YOU gave me…”

    Genesis 6:5 KJV
    “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

    This same idea is reinforced in Psalms 44:21 and James 1:14.

    Israel is God’s firstborn son. Why would He seek its destruction?

    HaShem gives us a choice: Do we side with EVIL masquerading in human flesh or HaShem who hates evil?

    We tend to go by feelings, but God sees the intent of man’s heart. Siding with modern-day Amalek is a choice to oppose the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!!

  2. Bryn-lee Lammond says:

    See:- Psalm 79

    Romans 11:33
    New International Version
    33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and[a] knowledge of God!
    How unsearchable his judgments,
    and his paths beyond tracing out!

    A Prayer
    G-d comfort, G-d bring peace, G-d strengthen, G-d restore.

    I believe Israel will receive the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit the world has ever seen. Like a nuclear bomb of holiness and repentance. So much love!

  3. Franciscus says:

    it is not that surprising, that when a large section of Israel, either denies the existence HaShem, or reject his ways, that he has on this occasion temporally removed his protective hand !

  4. Masami Cobley says:

    You say you believe in God, but you don’t seem learning lessons from the Jewish history with their God, as kept in the Scriptures, seriously. Whenever His people lost faith in God and worshipped something else instead, He always gave His people into the hands of their enemies until they regretted and called out to Him. This time, the offence of His people might have been “a new religion” called liberal secularism, and as you said, the only catastrophic defeat enabled such a divided nation united. The eradication of Hamas is an impossible task by human efforts – only God can. But without united hearts of His people before Him, how can He will to defeat Hamas on their behalf? Ehud Barak doesn’t believe in God, but in his ego alone. Watch out!

    • Susan says:

      If you apply the same reasoning to unfaithful, compromised Christians, then evil is just about to knock on their door. You’re on the cusp of absolute haughtiness against the natural branches. God, through Paul, warns against it!!

      • Masami Cobley says:

        I don’t apply it to Christians. There were clear patterns in God’s way of dealing with His Chosen People, who were so prone to turning away from Him. Whenever they became too rebellious, He lifted His divine protection – partially or wholly – until they came back to Him. The Six-Day War was a miraculous victory given by God, but they didn’t recognise Him. So He humbled them with the Yom Kippur War. 50 years on, more than a third of the population still refuse to recognise Him, and they crossed the “red lines” too many times this whole year, which might have resulted in the lifting of His protection – for their good in the long-run. That’s how I see it.

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