Who's Protecting Israel?

It’s not just the Iron Dome we have to thank.

With the recent onslaught of rocket attacks, Dr. Gerald Schroeder, MIT physicist formerly of the Atomic Energy Commission, puts into perspective a "scientific" approach to understanding Israel's unusually low casualty rate. Citing a statistical study done regarding the scud missiles fired at Israel during the Gulf War, Dr. Schroeder provides us with a keen insight into the difference God makes when it comes to Israel's security.

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Comments (9)

(9) scott, July 30, 2014 5:01 PM

My take on miracles.

I like some of the things he said. I do believe that miracles can a do happen every day. I don’t agree that the quality or scale or methodology G*d uses for making miracles has changed one whit. I don’t think G*d has changed. I think we have.

One side of my argument is that I think we expect less. I think we ask for less. I think no one expects G*d to part the Reed Sea today. No one believes he will. And if he did, we’d look to any other justification rather than accept that kind of direct interference in our control over our world by G*d. Who would actually accept the idea that we could walk around Gaza City seven times and Hamas would be eliminated? Maybe that’s why that’s why G*d doesn’t do those sorts of things today. Saves us all a great deal of embarrassment.

The other side is that he does part the Reed Sea on a regular basis. We’re just too caught up in all the things going on all over the place to notice something happening in a stream in Egypt. Instead of walking around Jericho seven times…he had Arab radio broadcasters tell outrageous lies about Deir Yassin to start a general exodus of Arabs from our land. Without another shot fired 700,000 of our enemies fled before us. That’s a parting of the Reed Sea if I’ve ever heard of one. Perhaps he only parted the Reed Sea all those years ago because no one had invented radio broadcasts to frighten our enemies.

Perhaps its just that we don’t write out stories the same way any more. The Bible is full of stories of a people and their G*d striving together. Now our histories are simply the stories of a people. Perhaps we make no room for talk of miracles. When the Arab armies came against us to be crushed in six days was that not him hardening their hearts against us making the mistake to attack so that we could win and again occupy Judea and Samaria and pray at the wall? How would that story have been told in Exodus? A new Israel created in six days...cmon.

(8) philip, July 29, 2014 3:09 AM

Psalms 127:1

Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.

(7) Anonymous, July 29, 2014 2:22 AM

Well said

Our nation defies logic in every way possible

(6) Anonymous, July 29, 2014 12:28 AM

I loved the "Luck...(God)....Luck"

(5) Wendy Beth, July 28, 2014 5:11 PM

It's simple.

The only Iron Dome protecting Israel is God. I thank Him every day for it.

(4) DAS1951, July 27, 2014 7:20 PM

I like it!

I am pleased to see this commentary. Some time ago I came round to the view that the Almighty *must* be intervening since, although Iron Dome is good, and yes, I know there is an extensive network of shelters.

However, Iron Dome is not *that* good, and one ought not to be able to always get to the shelters in time.

And yet even with hundreds of Hamas missiles the casualty rate among Israelis was low (one person before the ground-based retaliation in Gaza?)

I also have a scientific background (though nowhere near as advanced or as distinguished as Dr Schroeder's) I also think the Almighty made Israel build so many shelters and make Iron Dome pretty good and make many of the Hamas missiles explode before they crossed the border and make those that did reach IL not kill anybody...

(3) Anonymous, July 27, 2014 6:40 PM


Israel survives on God's miracles. This is so in quiet times and wartime. Anyone keeping their eyes open and is realistic sees this continuously. May Hashem continue to grant us his kindness and protection.

(2) Dvorah, July 27, 2014 3:58 PM

I remember hearing the US General Schwatzkopf say

that the Scuds aren't even dangerous.
The direct hit on the American soldiers in Saudi Arabia came the very next day.
The miracles here then and now were and are clearly apparant to everyone willing to open his eyes.

(1) shadchun, July 27, 2014 3:31 PM

we need more of this thank you

we need more of this
thank you


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