It was coming.
We as a country and people were in such disarray internally, with the army rebelling, reserves refusing to comply with orders, and pilots missing from duty. The Palestinians saw this and launched a vicious attack against Israel. No matter the eventual outcome, we already lost this war. The enemy prepared and attacked our towns and civilians across the south. Living in Jerusalem, it was several hours before we even saw a helicopter in the sky, and much longer for soldiers to arrive onto the battlefield.
Yes, the government will eventually get their act together and strike Gaza, but the damage is already done. The Palestinians will undoubtedly claim this as a momentous victory, as we already lost more lives in a single day than in the last Gaza war.
It is high time for Lapid, Gantz and Netanyahu to ditch their political squabble and start looking out for the good of our nation. It is not difficult to find some of the reasons we are in this mess now. For endless weeks, protesters marched against the government in the name of democracy, but truthfully wished for the fall of the current government. The protestors used violence and disrupted normal life of cities throughout Israel. Leaders of the protests, as well as the opposition, resorted to hateful declarations against the government. On the other side, the government was unable to subdue extremism from within. Declarations by Ben Gvir and increased insistence on praying on the Temple Mount surely were factors in the Palestinian’s attack. This even allowed them to declare their atrocities a “Religious/Holy war”, thereby wooing the Muslim world to get involved.
In a country where violence occurs almost daily, we were not ready for a frontal attack. A most difficult time lies ahead, as many soldiers and civilians were taken hostage by Hamas. We are all watching and praying for those who were injured or abducted and praying for the safe return of our soldiers. We are also anxiously awaiting progress in this war.
We now have little choice but to join together and deliver a decisive blow to Hamas.