Those are leaflets being dropped by the “disproportionate and indiscriminate” IDF warning residents of S. Lebanon villages to evacuate. Of course, Hizbullah fighters can also read which means that this advance warning to civilians puts IDF soldiers in greater jeopardy. Gosh, how disproportionate and indiscriminate!
Coming into this shabbat, many of Israel’s finest young men are probably headed into battle against a tough, well armed and dedicated enemy that has spent 6 years planning and preparing for precisely this type of warfare. That is one of the reasons Israel tried to conduct this war from the air. I’m sure these soldiers feel fear, but they also feel courage, are well trained and will be following in the footsteps of many Israeli soldiers who have fought bravely for Israel over the past decades. Like their predecessors, they have no choice but to win.
On this shabbat, let’s hope and pray Israel’s soldiers come home safely. Let’s hope and pray that civilians on both sides of the border remain safe and unharmed. And let’s hope that when this war concludes, Israel will find partners for peace so that this never-ending cycle of sending young men and reservists who are often fathers and husbands to war will end.
Shalom, among its other meanings, also means peace. Shabbat shalom to all.