God’s Hand In Israel’s History
God’s hand has been on Israel since she became a nation again. I’m still
searching for written documentation of what I remember hearing on a radio
show once about the reported miracles during the Six-Day-War and of testimonies
of soldiers who reported moments of God’s clear intervention in situations
and flocks of doves following them, etc.
All Odds Israel Survives - The Search for Miracles in Israel’s Wars
Modern-day Israel is truly a divine wonder of the current age. How
has it triumphed through four major wars and survived relentless terrorist
attacks? Meet the actual people who lived through what can only be described
as miracles of biblical proportions, and share their remarkable stories
in this 13-episode series.
Why, for instance, did an unstoppable armada of Syrian tanks bound
for Tel Aviv at the start of the Yom Kippur War in 1973, suddenly stop
just north of Tiberius and simply wait for the Israeli army to arrive
so they could surrender without a fight? When an Israeli tank commander
found himself and his men in the middle of a mine field, how was the
prayer of one of his men suddenly followed by an unprecedented wind
that blew away nearly a foot of topsoil and then just as suddenly stop,
revealing the hiding places of thousands of mines so the soldiers could
escape unharmed? Why, during the war for independence, did a battalion
of Jordanian soldiers approaching the position of a handful of Israeli
soldiers defending Mt. Zion without ammunition, suddenly shout “Abraham”
and turn and flee? How could three dozen teenagers, survivors of the
Holocaust, walk right past a company of Egyptian soldiers in the Negev
without being seen? The fact that these and scores of other unexplainable
occurrences fill the pages of every war in Israel is documented.
1991: Missiles & Miracles
From chabad.org: The failed attempts of the SCUD missiles to destroy
Jewish life was nothing less than miraculous. As the missiles—each loaded
with 600 pounds of explosives—rained down upon Tel Aviv, the terrified citizens,
huddled in shelters and sealed rooms, listened in disbelief to the newsflashes.
Buildings crowded with people were hit, yet virtually not a soul was harmed.
“G-d threw down mattresses to cushion our falls, pushed walls out of our
way,” declared one survivor. On the day of Purim, traditionally a day of
merry-making for the Jewish people, the war was officially declared over.
“Adequate attention is not being paid to these miracles,” said the Rebbe
in public addresses in the weeks to follow. “The popular media throughout
the world took note of the miraculous occurrences, yet there is a tendency
to offer rationales and explanations. We must publicize that these are miracles
that were performed by G-d!”
I do not do this
for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for my holy name’s sake, which
you have profaned among the nations, to which you came
Isaiah 59 testifies that the generation that will gain redemption,
transgresses and denies Hashem and departs from our Lord, speaks oppression
and revolt, conceives and utters from the heart words of falsehood [verse
13]. And similarly of that generation it was said, that truth is absent
and he that departs from evil gains the social status of a crazy man
Peretz: Show me a miracle.
Ephraim: In the magazine , Seedlink , issue number 21, some
of the miracles of the Gulf War are listed. First let us take a look
at the statistics:
- 39 Scud missiles were launched against Israel
- Altogether over ten tons of explosives fell on Israel
- In all 15,000 properties were damaged
- 10,992 apartments
- 235 houses
- 3773 other buildings
- 13 people died. Two directly from a missile
- Eleven indirectly from heart attack or misuse of a
After the noise quieted down and the dust settled, the people who
were frozen in shock began to look around. They were completely astonished
when they realized that not even one of the 200 people were injured.
The entire building had collapsed around them, even three walls of the
shelter were gone and only the eastern wall remained standing [the shelter
was also used as a shul (synagogue) so that even the racks which held
siddurim (prayer books) and chumashim (the first five books of the Bible)
were not damaged]. When the Prime Minister and the Mayor toured the
site, the Prime Minister asked if there were people here? “Definitely,”
said the Mayor, “there were 200 people and they were all saved by a
[Mishpacha monthly magazine Feb.
Shalom and Jaquelyn H., although non-observant,
respected Torah scholars, and had recently been advised to have their
mezuzot (parchments containing biblical verses that are placed on the
doorpost) examined. Despite the expense involved, the young couple replaced
the old mezuzot with kosher ones. When the Scud exploded in their neighborhood,
the entire apartment was uprooted by the blast. Cupboards, windows,
and furniture were utterly destroyed. doors flew, and door posts were
jolted from their places. From the contents of the apartment, all that
remained intact were the mezuzot. Despite the destruction all around
H. family was physically unharmed.
Ne’eman Feb. 2,1991]
In a second a portion of Lai Street
was turned into desolation. I was in a number of places which were hit
by missiles , and each time I can’t understand how people came out alive
from such destruction. Someone up there is watching over them otherwise
there is no explanation as to what took place here tonight.
[A Civil Defense officer-news magazine]
In one instance, an elderly woman was led from her apartment
by her neighbor who had awakened her, just moments before the flat was
hit by a missile...... A baker, preparing challot for Shabbat, left
his bakery on Thursday night, after being unable to locate any flour,
just moments before the bakery was crushed by a missile... In another
case a bomb shelter which would have been filled with 50 people, had
the population been preparing for the resultant conventional attack
( but was, empty as people were in sealed rooms, expecting the non-existent
chemical attack) was completely destroyed by a missile.... And a missile
which landed on a major Tel Aviv thoroughfare on Shabbat morning failed
[Yated Ne’eman Jan. 25, 1991]
SCUD 33 The missile landed in the middle of a residential
street. The house on one side of the street crumbled entirely, but its
elderly occupant was pulled from the debris unscathed. The house on
the opposite side of the street was also destroyed completely , but
no-one was home at the time of the blast. Another man was trapped beneath
the rubble of his 4-room ranch house. As rescue crews sifted through
the ruins of his home, they heard him pleading for help. only his head
protruded from the rubble, yet he was virtually unharmed. His two dogs,
standing on either side of him at the time of the attack, were killed
[Yated Ne’eman Feb. 22, 1991]
Miracles During the First Gulf War
Israel came to within a hair of entering
the war directly, but at the last second was pressured by the US to
stay out of the conflict – no easy task for a country being shot at!
(The reason was that several Arab allies with the US vowed they would
never fight on the same side as Israel, and it was feared that Israel’s
involvement would break up the coalition.)
- No missiles landed in the city of Jerusalem. Any hits in that
area (besides threatening life) would have destroyed ancient archeological
sites which could never be replaced. (It was reported afterward
that the Iraqis had argued about this, and finally decided not to
target Jerusalem for fear of hitting the Dome of the Rock.)
- The first night of the missile strikes against Israel, 27 missiles
were fired at once. Patriot missiles knocked out all of them except
- During missile strikes in the West Bank, only injuries were
suffered; no lives were lost.
- A missile landed in a garbage dump but didn’t explode. Another
missile landed a few feet away from a gas station, but didn’t explode.
- One missile landed between two buildings, completely destroying
them but not killing any people.
- Several missiles aimed at Israel fell into tile sea to the west.
- Another missile was blown off course by a strong wind.
- Two missiles aimed at the IDF base in the Negev desert landed
without causing damage.
- One missile that fell was discovered to have concrete in place
of an explosive warhead.
- Two missiles fired from Iraq suddenly disappeared.
- A missile hit a bank, but only one person was in the building
at the time.
- A missile went down an airshaft of a 9-story apartment building
with 20-30 apartments; it did not explode.
- Palestinians stood on their rooftops cheering for Iraq as a
barrage of missiles hit Israel. (They were following the lead of
Yassar Arafat, who openly supported Saddam’s war.) The next day,
some missiles landed in their own villages. Israeli media filmed
their panicked race to the nearest security station to demand gas
masks for themselves. There were no more rooftop celebrations…
- A Tel Aviv man was in his house when a missile hit his garden.
He walked out of the house with only minor injuries.
- An 84-year-old lady was in her house as it was hit by a missile.
Not only was she unhurt, but as she looked at the devastation she
only said, “Who’s going to help me clean this up?”
- A man walked into his bathroom just as a missile strike began.
When he came out, the rest of his house had been destroyed.
- A lady was in bed during a missile attack. Her ceiling collapsed
from a hit, causing the steel door frame to fall over her bed and
lean on the wall. Because the frame kept the ceiling off her, she
- A lady slept so soundly she didn’t hear the air raid siren.
The exploding missile woke her up, whereupon she rushed to her sealed
room. It was gone, blown away by the missile along with the whole
side of her house.
- A man in his sealed room was leaning back against a closet when
the force of an explosion knocked him into the closet. The room
was heavily damaged, but he was unhurt. He reported, “The closet
saved my life.”
- A man was buried in rubble standing up. When he was finally
dug out after an hour, he was found to need only a band-aid on his
- A mother with three small children spontaneously decided to
go to the bomb shelter (contrary to government instructions) instead
of their sealed room. During that attack, the door to that sealed
room was blown open.
- A family with their 18 month old baby were in a sealed room
when the wall collapsed on the baby, who had no protection over
it except the plastic infant tent (issued for gas protection). The
woman was filmed later in a hospital room holding the baby, who
didn’t have a scratch on it.
- A 3-year-old child was seriously injured in the first attack.
Although he needed 2 hours of surgery to remove all the glass and
shrapnel from his body, he survived.
- A couple driving in the Negev (southern Israel) saw two missiles
in the sky. Their explosions were close enough to make their car
shake, but they were unhurt.
- A Tel Aviv man was driving his car when the air raid sirens
sounded. He ran into a nearby home to take shelter. He came out
to find that missile fragments had totally destroyed his car.
- One family had their entire flat sealed rather than one room
(against civil defense instructions, as it cuts off ventilation).
During the night, the mother collapsed and the children came close
to asphyxiation. The cry of one child woke the father who got them
all out just in time.
- Two families whose pets ran away in fright at the sounds of
the sirens worried that they might be injured in the attacks. Both
families saw their pets return a few hours later unharmed.
- A family had decided to run for their bomb shelter instead of
the sealed room in time of attack (there was public debate as to
which was safer). When the attack came, they couldn’t find the key
to the shelter and were forced to take refuge in their sealed room
after all. Their bomb shelter was hit and destroyed.
- Two families running for the community bomb shelters couldn’t
find the key to the first one, so they ran to a second one. The
first one was destroyed.
- Ramat Gan (just north of Tel Aviv) suffered the most in the
war – 3 or 4 attacks – due. to the location of strategic military
buildings there. None of the missiles hit a building directly, but
always fell in the open. The only damage was to property.
- A couple in Ramat Gan were preparing for the Shabbat, when the
wife suddenly got the urge to spend Shabbat elsewhere. The husband
resisted at first but finally gave in. When they returned they found
their house completely demolished by a missile. The husband (a religious
Jew) recited the prayer of thanks for deliverance on the spot, and
his neighbors came and danced around the rubble.
- The seasonal rains, which usually arrive in Israel in November,
were nowhere to be seen. Suddenly they began in torrents, on January
17, the first day of the war. They continued almost without letup
for the next 4-6 weeks, together with high winds. This weather was
credited by US military sources as helping to convince the Iraqis
that chemical weapons would not be smart (the prevailing winds were
blowing from Israel directly toward Iraq…). The same phenomenon
was observed in Kuwait (900 km to the east), where wind patterns
had shifted from their normal direction for that season and were
also blowing toward Iraq. (Jerusalem Post, 2/91)
- When believers in Yeshua were finally able to meet together
alter the war, they discovered that no believers anywhere in Israel
had been touched by the attacks.
- A national day of prayer was called for February 27. The main
meeting, held at Jerusalem’s Great Synagogue, was attended by Prime
Minister Yitzhak Shamir, President Haim Herzog, Religious Affairs
Minister Avner Shaki, and both Chief Rabbis. On February 28, Iraq
agreed to a UN cease-fire plan. This was also the eve of Purim,
the holiday which commemorates the deliverance of the Jews from
their enemies through Esther.
- Neighboring Jordan was a de-facto ally of Iraq during the Gulf
War, since their economy is heavily dependent on Iraq. But since
relations with Israel had been unofficially warm for many years,
they were unwilling to offend either side. Risking Iraqi anger,
they went so far as to forbid Iraq to bring missile launchers onto
Jordanian soil (using as an excuse Israel’s declaration that if
Iraq did so, Israel would respond by “invading” Jordan to get them).
This severely limited Iraq’s ability to strike at Israel, forcing
them to shoot from the southwestern edge of Iraq behind Jordan,
hundreds of kilometers away. (Jordanians went on record after the
war as saying that the only winner in this war was Israel; and that
the Arabs “would not live down the humiliation for a hundred years.”)
1967: The Six Day War
All of the Arab nations joined together and formed a united front to
annihilate the Jewish state and all of the Jews living in Israel. In the
days preceding the Six Day War things looked bleak for the tiny Jewish state.
Every military annalist in the world predicted the quick destruction of
Israel. The world expected to witness the jubilant Arab armies parading
through the streets of Tel Aviv. The atmosphere was tense and rabbis around
the world were already preparing their eulogy speeches for the state of
Israel and the millions of Jews who were expected to be slaughtered in the
Arab onslaught. Thank G-d, all of the logical predictions did not come true.
Within six days, we pushed back those very same armies and liberated Schem,
Hebron, Jericho, Gaza, Sinai, the Golan Heights, and most important of all
- Jerusalem! After two thousand years of bondage and foreign rule we came
home. (If we only wanted to we could have captured Damascus, Amman and Cairo).
During those incredible days, only the blind couldn’t sense G-d’s divine
presence and intervention on behalf of the people of Israel. It was as if
the Messiah was knocking on our door, crying, pleading, and perhaps even
threatening, “Return to me, and bring the COMPLETE redemption.”
Many other factors contributed to the success of the air strike and
the subsequent battles. In fact, the coincidences and unlikely happenings
at precisely the right time were so plentiful that, as we learn the
details of the victory, the bulge in the curtain almost knocks us over.
(referring to Purim and the idea of God hiding behind the curtain. Miracles
manifest in the world. Many, including myself, view the Six Day War
as God’s intervention on Israel’s behalf. They shouldn’t have won, but
they did.) For example, a few days before the war, the Commander of
Egyptian forces in the Sinai was ordered to change commanders in most
of his brigades, putting in charge officers who didn’t know the terrain
or their forces. On the very morning of June 5th, three hours before
the Israeli air strike, Egyptian intelligence did in fact issue a warning
that an Israeli air attack would begin “within minutes.” At that point,
Egypt still had time to get its planes off the ground and save them.
The message reached the command bunker in Cairo. An aide-de-camp signed
a copy, but no one bothered to look for the Commander in Chief. On the
same morning of the attack, Egyptian officers stationed at the radar
station in northern Jordan picked up the scrambling Israeli aircraft,
and sent a red alert message to Cairo. The sergeant in the decoding
room of the supreme command tried to decipher the message using the
previous day’s code and failed. And where was Egypt’s Commander
in Chief? The night before, he and most of his top officers attended
a party at an air force base in the northern delta area, at which a
renowned belly dancer performed. Early the next morning, he took off
for the Sinai, where he had ordered all his top commanders to assemble
in order to meet a high-level Iraqi delegation. When the Israeli strike
happened, not one senior officer was at his post.
These invisible hosts of heaven not seen by mortal man, again
visited the Israelites when threatened with destruction by the Egyptians.
The following news appeared in the June 26th issue of “The Jerusalem
Post,” Israel’s daily English newspaper, as follows,
- Hundreds of trucks and armored vehicles broke down without getting
anywhere near the battlefront.
- A high percentage of Egyptian fighter planes are known to have
been mechanically unprepared for battle when war began.
- The Egyptian radar warning system appears to have broken down
- In Cairo alerts were sounded after Israeli planes had attacked
airfields and flown home. On several occassions the “all clear”
was given while Israeli aircraft were approaching target.
- Troops returning from the Sinai front spoke of a failure of
military strategists and communications.
- Whole regiments were surrounded when their flanks were exposed
by uncoordinated retreats.
- Egyptian army headquarters had little control over their forces
once the battle had begun.
- Columns of trucks and tanks were abandoned for lack of fuel
- Discipline often broke and collapsed in the face of the Israeli
- One Colonel whose vehicle broke down was ignored by army drivers
when he tried to flag down alternative transport.
- Egypt had some of its crack troops in the Sinai desert, veterans
of the Yemen campaign. Most of these units were destroyed.
- The same paper reports that two thousand million dollars of
Russian military equipment, consisting of tanks, small arms and
ammunition, by the tons scattered all over the Sinai Peninsula
is being gathered and assembled for the use of Israel.
- Two train loads of poison gas was also found on the Peninsula
Israel has again been miraculously saved and delivered from her enemies,
by that wonderful intervening hand of the Almighty who has delivered
her repeatedly in times past, and WHO still promises as follows:
the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles
afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and
keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. 11 For the LORD hath redeemed
Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than
he. 12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion,
and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat,
and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of
the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they
shall not sorrow any more at all. 13 Then shall the virgin rejoice
in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their
mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice
from their sorrow.
all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries,
every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil
thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for
a prey. 17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal
thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an
Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
Newspapers and magazines throughout the world, that are not Pro-Rome,
or Pro-Communist, have reported the long threatened Israel-Arab war,
as amazing, and astonishing. Never before in the history of warfare
in recent times, has there ever been such a lightning victory by so
few against so many. Israel was not just fighting against the
millions of surrounding Egyptians, Jordanians, Syrians, etc., but also
against Russia, with hundreds of her officers in charge of hundreds
of millions of dollar worth of the most modem war armament. The world
in general knows that Russia was back of the movement to wipe Israel
off of the map, and now she smarts with loss and defeat with the remainder
of her allies. Truly Russia has been turned back, and “hooks put
into her jaws.” - Ezekiel 38:4. Life Magazine has devoted most of
one issue to this miraculous event of modern time, and says: “Israel’s
victory On five fronts in a short sixty hours, is absolutely astonishing.”
In all of the news magazines, and newspapers, we do not find anything
attributing the astonishing events of June 5th., 6th., and 7th., to
divine intervention or giving the Creator credit for having again fought
for Israel, as in ancient times. There is so much infidelity modernism,
and unbelief now, that to give the Almighty any credit, would be extremely
unpopular, to an unbelieving world, and especially to the 400 million
Communists who believe that “God is Dead.” Many miracles, however did
happen which agree perfectly with the Biblical narratives of ancient
times when Our Mighty God, and Creator of Heaven and earth, fought for
ancient Israel. These miraculous happenings are being circulated all
over Israel, however, they did not get publicity through secular newspapers.
by A.N. Dugger
The daily news in Israel is replete with miracles. The
latest took place on February 8, 2001, when a car bomb packed with a
whopping 15 kilos of explosives exploded in a narrow street in the densely
populated religious neighborhood of Mea Shearim. According to eye witnesses,
debris from the explosion soared 150 meters into the air. Yet no one
was killed, and only one person was lightly injured. Three minutes
before the car bomb went off, a truck filled with propane gas drove
past the parked car. Ten minutes before the explosion, which took place
at the height of the local shopping period, a vegetable store directly
adjacent to the car closed briefly so its owner could attend afternoon
prayers. Normally, the wife of the vegetable store owner fills in for
him during that time, but, when he telephoned his wife to come, she
was at a critical point in her Shabbat cooking. By the time she turned
off the stove and ran around the corner to open the store, it was a
gutted out hole, without even a floor. Only 20 minutes after the bomb
went off, dozens of indigent people were scheduled to line up on the
adjacent sidewalk for their weekly charity food allocations. The
magnitude of the miracle was so obvious to the local residents that
they broke forth in spontaneous singing and dancing and praises of God,
which lasted for two hours. The next day, signs went up on every tree
and telephone pole enjoining people to recite Psalm 21 in gratitude
for the miracle. And a “thanksgiving feast,” required by Jewish law
when one’s life has been saved, was held on the very spot in the street
where the bomb, which had been devised to kill and maim, had erupted
in its futile blast.