Today in my inbox, someone who is a trustworthy source sent me the following:
“Hezbollah has 100's of tunnels running under Israel's Northern cities. In a matter of minutes they could pop-up capture & slaughter full cities. These tunnels are bunkers made of massive layers of cement and are fully protected against all kinds of Israeli bombs.
“In addition Hezbollah has 150,000 precision missiles capable of reaching any Israeli city including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Their missile launchers can launch 100+ missiles simultaneously, the iron dome can only intercept up to 20 missiles at once. Hezbollah has proven this 13 years ago and today they are many times more sophisticated.
“Down in the south Hamas is preparing a simultaneous attack of hundreds of their own missiles which are capable of covering the entire South if the country up to and including Jerusalem. All this is supplied by Iran who is suffocating financially due to sanctions.
“When Hezbollah & Hamas are given the green light for the Palestinian terrorists to take control, Iran will no longer have any need for their nukes. Mission accomplished.”
No wonder Rav Berland asked 50,000 people to come and pray together, to try and stop this worst-case scenario from actually playing out.
But, is it true?
I went to do a bit digging, and here’s what I found, firstly on the official website of Raytheon, who partnered with Raphael, the quasi-governmental Israeli armaments firm, to come up with the Iron Dome:
“Ten Iron Dome batteries protect Israel, and each battery includes three to four stationary launchers with 20 Tamir missiles and a battlefield radar. Tamir missiles feature electro-optical sensors and steering fins with proximity fuze blast warheads.
"Each of the Iron Dome batteries can defend up to nearly 60 square miles, but the systems are strategically placed around cities to intercept threats headed toward populated areas and ignore those fired at uninhabited regions.”
Let’s do the maths together:
10 Iron Dome Batteries x 4 launchers x 20 missiles a piece = a maximum capacity of 800 missiles.
How many missiles does Hezbollah have?
According to the Israeli Government’s own figures, they have 150,000 missiles.
How many missiles does Hamas have?
I’m finding it very hard to track that piece of information down, but you can be sure it’s also many tens of thousands of missiles.
Again, how many incoming missiles can the Iron Dome handle, assuming that every Tamir missile is on target, and takes an enemy missile out?
Is it plausible that Hamas / Hezbollah could fire more than 800 missiles at once, at Israel?
Now, let’s take a closer look at the tunnels
Here’s what Bibi and the Israeli government is officially saying about the Hezbollah tunnels:
“Whoever tries to attack the State of Israel – will pay a heavy price. We are taking determined and responsible action in all sectors simultaneously. We will continue with additional actions – open and covert – in order to ensure the security of Israel."
But before you go back to sleep, this is what the Israeli government was officially saying about the Hezbollah tunnels 2-3 years ago, when residents in the North complained they could hear underground digging noises:
“Ex-defense minister admits officials lied about Hezbollah tunnels for years.
“Moshe Ya’alon defends hiding knowledge of subterranean threat from residents of northern Israel, says it was for their own good and to trick the Lebanese terror group.”
And of course, the lies are continuing. The same ex-defense minister went on:
“Even today, I will continue to calm down northern residents. None of the tunnels reach any of the communities where people said they’d heard [tunneling], nor to any home,” he said.”
You can believe him!! It’s not like he’s ever lied about stuff like this before!!
So are innumerable tunnels reaching underneath a number of Israel’s northern cities, town and settlements? It’s at least plausible.
According to the ucky ynet:
“It turns out that Hezbollah has been busy for years digging tunnels not only in Lebanon, but also toward Syria and Israel and even in Yemen….
“The discovery of the tunnel near Metula is only the tip of the iceberg for a whole tunnel system in Lebanon and on the borders with Syria and Israel. In fact, Hezbollah is far more prepared for a campaign against Israel than it in 2006.”
And this is what Bibi was quoted as telling foreign ambassadors about Northern Shield:
“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Thursday that Hezbollah seeks to send “entire battalions” into Israel, including via the tunnels Israel is now tackling, in order to seize land, and kidnap and kill Israelis.”
Why did Israel wait years before dealing with the Hezbollah tunnels?
Why isn’t the Israeli government dealing with this threat properly, instead of trying to give us all false assurances of security and boasting endlessly about the ‘might’ of the IDF?
Rav Berland answered that question very succinctly:
“The whole of Am Yisrael is currently facing a terrible, threatening situation. Every part of Israel is now under threat of being deluged with rockets. After we saw 400 rockets falling on Ashkelon and the surrounding cities, including Beer Sheva, Netivot, Ofakim and Sderot, now they are preparing thousands and thousands of rockets, which will reach to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
“And we have no possibility of stopping this from happening, because the whole world is against us. They can launch 10,000 missiles, and if we fire back even just one, they will say that we are the aggressors, and they are the victims.
“They will say that we began [hostilities], and that they are simply defending themselves.”
It’s amazing to me that for the last 15 years or so, there’s been all these people online, and in the Jewish magazines, that have been waffling on about ‘politics’, and about ‘geula’, and about the end of days – and now all this stuff is mamash playing out in front of our very eyes, they have absolutely nothing useful to say.
Either, they just continue waffling on with the same theoretical, Godless baloney and ‘debates’ they’ve been re-hashing for years, or they’ve gone completely quiet, and are focusing on ridiculous nothings that don’t make a blind bit of difference to anyone.
Before Sunday’s prayer gathering in Hevron, I sent Rav Berland’s statement, and plea for 50,000 to come and pray for Israel’s security, to nearly all the geula bloggers I’ve had any dealings with.
One came back to me with an excuse why they couldn’t get involved.
Two were brave enough to post something up (you go, girls!)
The rest completely ignored me.
Of course they did! I’m the crazy person who actually believes in Tzaddikim, and in sweetening judgments, and in people praying to get God involved in keeping Israel safe, as opposed to just believing in politicians and the IDF, and that the world is going to carry on exactly the way it has, forever.
This morning, there was a headline in the JPOST that read thus:
“A volcano of violence is at risk of erupting in the West Bank.”
You probably don’t know this, but there are literally tens of underground volcanic hotspots starting to show up on satellite images from Oregon, Washington State and North California – including offshore, where magma is intruding into the plate under the ocean.
In the past, those hotspots have been directly linked to earthquakes, and then wildfires breaking out, like the one that recently burnt out the whole of the town of Paradise.
There have been 3 7.0+ earthquakes in the world just in the past week, including one in Alaska.
Dear reader, God is making it clearer and clearer that Palestinian violence and erupting volcanoes and earthquakes (especially in the US) are connected in some very fundamental ways.
In case you missed it, half of Europe has been protesting over the last month, spurred on by the punitive taxes and red tape governments are trying to impose on private cars and their drivers, including by hiking fuel prices up ridiculously high.
All this is being done in the name of ‘controlling man-made global warming’.
(Someone should tell the Carolinas about 'global warming' - they just had 30 inches of snow dumped on their doorstep, and still more to come.)
But the people aren’t buying it, and in France, Belgium and the Netherlands, they’ve been vocally (and sometimes violently) protesting. So much so, that even the arrogant President of France has decided he needs to back-track a little, and at least pretend to give the people what they want.
Most of the world’s oil, most of its petrol, is still produced by Arab states.
That’s why the US couldn’t go against Saudi Arabia, even though their Crown Prince is apparently implicated in ordering a Saudi dissident to be tortured and murdered in the Saudi embassy in Turkey.
That’s why the EU and China don’t want to go against Iran, no matter how many nukes they have pointed at Israel, nor how many tunnels and missiles they are bankrolling for Hezbollah and Hamas.
When push comes to shove, even the most idealistic of politicians will always cave before their own angrily protesting voters and vital economic considerations.
It's the economy, stoopid!
Which is why Israel truly has no-one to rely on.
Do you think Trump wouldn’t turn his back on Israel in a nano-second, if that was the cost of keeping the American people happily fueled up, and the American economy on track?
The answer is so obvious, it’s not really even a question.
So really, we only have God to rely on.
That’s always been the case, of course, but perhaps it just hasn’t been as clear as it is now.
And that’s why Israel’s future, the Jewish people’s future, really depends on sticking close to our true Tzaddikim, sticking together, and praying to get all these horrible scenarios sweetened.
At the end of the prayer gathering in Hevron, Rav Berland apparently said the next one will be on Rosh Chodesh Nissan. It sounds like maybe, we got a few months' reprieve again.
I hope so.
And if we did, it’s all in the merit of the thousands of ‘crazy, brainwashed’ people who schlepped off to Hevron on a cold, wintry night, to pray for Israel’s safety.
Let’s give the last word to Seal:
“But we’re never going to survive, unless, we get a little crazy.”
At this stage in history, it seems that getting a little crazy is really the only sane thing the Jewish people can do.
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