More than the physical structures of the Temples on Tisha B’Av we mourn our lack of clarity. In the Temples one experienced a feeling of G-d’s imminence  and as a result one’s thoughts were clear.

Prime Minister Netanyahu could use a visit to the Temple. It’s too bad it’s not around. His unfortunate decision to effect a unilateral withdrawal of IDF ground troops  from the Gaza strip only shows how muddled his thinking is and how lacking he is in faith in the Jewish people and , dare I say it, In G-d.

Close to one month ago our nation went to war with the goal of neutralizing Hamas. Even as it was painful, Israelis are not a war mongering people,  this war was perceived as just and it enjoyed unprecedented popular support .

Despite painful losses, our troops fought valiantly and here was much work to do . Each day another terror tunnel was destroyed, another arms cache  uncovered, another rocket launcher disabled. .

Everyone knew that it wasn’t going to be easy. The Hamas is a fierce foe with a kamikaze mindset, but after years of suffering  rocket attacks  it seemed like  the Israeli government  was serious about finally putting an end to Hamas. That was what the man in the street wanted to believe and our country collectively  embraced the IDF  flooding our soldiers   with gifts of home cooked food, toiletries, cigarettes yarmulkas and tzitzit.

Then our Prime Minister got a bad case of cold feet. Without negotiating concessions from Hamas  he pulled  our ground troops out of the battle in effect handing Hamas a victory. Hamas continues to fire it’s rockets. and operate it’s  terror tunnels . Buoyed by a  by a new feeling of confidence terrorists are once again murdering Israeli civilians in Jerusalem.

Part of the reason for this is that Netanyahu wimped out.  Bibi seems oblivious to the metaphysical mission of the Jewish people. We are a  nation that dwells alone and we take our cues from the Torah which does advocate total war   in a situation such as ours

Pulling out midway only  guarantees one thing–that the next war wont be long in coming.

Today on Tisha B’Av when we mourn the Temples I pray that G-d grants light and clarity to our leader Bibi Netanyahu. May G-d clear his muddled and may we merit to defeat the ruthless enemy who threatens our very lives. .