As I look now at the three top headlines in The Times of Israel, I see that it talks about three topics: terrorism, protests on judicial reform, and that Iran is close to developing a bomb.
Regarding the first topic, there is a video on YouTube titled “The Lubavitcher Rebbe on the Roadmap to Peace in Israel” (from 34 years ago) in which the Rebbe tells Ron Nachman, the then mayor of Ariel, that the Prime Minister of Israel needs to state clearly, that all rumours about Israel giving away land are false. The Rebbe explained, that these rumours encourage terrorism, because the terrorists think that there is what to gain by engaging in terrorism. But by the Prime Minister stating clearly that Israel intends to hold on to all the land, this will discourage terrorism and bring peace.
The second topic reminds me of the words of the prophets in Isaiah (11; 13) and Ezekiel (37), that there will come a time when there will be peace anong the Jewish people. “Ephraim will not envy Judah, and Judah will not harass Ephraim.” “And they will be one people.” These days, although people are afraid of civil war, I’m optimistic that we will see tremendous unity.
As for the third topic, I feel that when we contemplate the many miracles that the Almighty is doing for us, it encourages optimism that He will protect us further. Among the miracles: The Arab Spring led to the weakening of Syria, Libya, Lebanon and Iraq — bitter enemies of Israel. Iran was about to sign a deal that would have eventually allowed Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, and would have given the country enormous funds; and the deal now seems nixed, while Israel and the U.S. have been coordinating military exercises aimed at containing Iran. Numerous Arab nations (afraid of Iran) have forged formal and informal alliances with Israel. Also, Israel has become a superpower, with many nations eager to benefit from the start-up nation’s technological developments. In recent years Israel discovered vast energy reserves, and has already started exporting energy to countries impacted by gas shortages. These are just some of the many miracles that G-d is doing for us these days.
On Purim we celebrate how the Almighty orchestrated events which brought about our nation’s salvation years ago. Now too, the many miracles of Divine Providence that we see, motivate feelings of confidence and trust that His kindness will continue, blessing us with abundant peace and happiness, and bringing peace to the entire world. May it happen now.