Why Can't Eli Yishai Sleep?
Shas chairman and Minister of Interior Eli Yishai delivered a message of foreboding to the Sephardi-hareidi religious movement's activist leadership Sunday, saying that he had trouble sleeping at night thinking about Israel's security situation.Kikar Hashabbat has an article that assumes that Eli Yishai's comments about how complicated and complex it is refers to an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. They also refer to the secret portion of the meeting between Netanyahu and Rav Ovadia Yosef Shlit"a last week and speculate that perhaps, such an attack was what was being discussed. Just today, the Prime Minister was speaking about how a good offense is as important as defense, and I don't think he was only referring to Gaza.
"The nation of Israel is not redeemed except through making teshuva [finding G-d]," he said in a conference at the Kinar Hotel in northern Israel. "If we want redemption in this difficult and complex time… it is better not to say how complicated and how complex it is and how much sleep we lose over it."
"It's difficult to sleep at night when you know what is going on," said the minister, in an uncharacteristically dramatic statement. "Remember the Second Lebanon War, how many missiles there were – the entire North ran away. Imagine the North, Center and South… I do not want to scare anyone, but the missile array of Hamas, Hizbullah and the Syrians, the approximate number of long and short range missiles approaches 100,000 missiles. Try to calculate G-d forbid what that can do."
"And here, more and more people understand what we like to say – 'We have no one to trust except our Father in the Heavens.'"
The U.S. is against any such strike and prefers further sanctions to military action. So does Netanyahu, but likes to keep the military option on the table. The question is - is this the table?
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May Hashem nullify the plans of those who rise up against us and make successful the plans of those who protect us.