Baba Sali and Osirak - Torah Helps the Military Operation
This week's Pahad David (p. 2) relates how PM Menachem Begin asked great rabbis to pray for the success of the bombing of Iraq's Osirak reactor in 1981, including the Baba Sali ZT"L and Rav Shach ZT"L. The Baba Sali asked the prime minister what time the operation was to begin. Begin replied that the airplanes were to take off at 2:00 PM. The Baba Sali then said that he suggests that the planes should take off at 4:00 PM instead. Reportedly, Begin acquiesced to the Baba Sali's request and delayed the operation by 2 hours.
Later, those who were close to the Baba Sali asked him why 4:00 was preferred over 2:00. He replied that 4:00 PM was when the Yeshiva students across the country returned from their afternoon break and started learning Torah - and it is only in the merit of the Torah learning that we are protected from those who wish to harm us.
As it turned out, the Osirak bombing was B"H very successful with all planes returning safely to base. This is the power of Torah learning.