A Few Thoughts About “Operation Pillar of Defense”

by Rebecca Einstein Schorr on 18 November 2012 @ 12:59 pm

Confession: I broke Shabbat. I couldn’t stop checking to see the latest on the matzav in Israel. On the one hand, the constant worry was ruining my Shabbat anyway. On the other hand, keeping up-to-date didn’t do much to preserve the Shabbos peace.

So…a few thoughts.

My dad was on a conference call with Consul General on Friday morning. “Learned that Iron Dome defense system IS effective. While the news reports state that Iron Dome has intercepted only about 1/3 of the missiles, the Consul General pointed out that radar determines which missiles are headed for population areas and which are headed for open fields. The system is aimed at the former and has effectively stopped 90% of those.” My math isn’t good — but even I understand that this is a good thing.

[Anyone else love that the Iron Dome is known as the Iron Kippah in Israel??]


The Western media continues to be so radically biased against Israel that I am beginning to think that I can’t trust anything they say. Just a few examples can be found here:

Plenty of other examples…these were just the first ones to come to mind.


Israel has suffered fewer human losses than on the Palestinian side.

ANY loss is a tragedy.

But the fact that there have been more deaths in Gaza is not because Israel’s response has been “disproportionate.” Rather, it might have something more to do with Hamas’s approach to warfare:

Hamas MP Fathi Hammad: We Used Women and Children as Human Shields


And finally, no matter what we must do to defend ourselves, we are Jews first. And as Jews, we respect and protect life. Which is why Israel opened the Kerem Shalom border in order to transfer humanitarian aid to the citizens of Gaza.


Inform yourselves, spread the facts, and pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the entire region.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Andrea 18 November 2012 @ 1:15 pm at 1:15 pm

Thank you for sharing all of this. I will follow through to the links and whatnot later today. My heart and head are there, as well, with so many I know having loved ones there, serving and protecting and so much. Thanks for sharing. I send you love.


2 Rebecca Einstein Schorr 18 November 2012 @ 5:27 pm at 5:27 pm

Sending it back to you!!

Hard to watch from afar. Especially with the facts being distorted.


3 Brianna Soloski 18 November 2012 @ 1:52 pm at 1:52 pm

Thank you for sharing this. It’s an informed, heartfelt piece. My continued prayers are with those in Israel.


4 Rebecca Einstein Schorr 18 November 2012 @ 5:28 pm at 5:28 pm

Thanks, Brianna. Share and share again.


5 Laurie 18 November 2012 @ 2:22 pm at 2:22 pm

You are brilliant. You have a way of explaining this complicated situation, simply. I would like to share this on my FB and Twitter.


6 Rebecca Einstein Schorr 18 November 2012 @ 5:29 pm at 5:29 pm

Aw…shucks. Simple is as simple does 🙂

Please share with anyone and everyone who will listen.



7 Rabbi Ruth Adar 18 November 2012 @ 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm

Rebecca, thank you for a terrific summary and some wonderful links. I’m going to link back to this post from my own blog.


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