Is This God’s Israel?

By Barry Chamish

May 24th, 2010

In the summer of ’82, I fought in the Lebanon War for the Israel Defense Forces. I was shot at a few times, survived some artillery barrages but came home in one piece. To celebrate survival, I joined my very lovely friend, Michelle Benishu, for beers at a Jerusalem pub. Her family’s experience of the war dampened my selfish joy. Her brother was a member of a religious armored brigade ordered by Ehud Barak into a Syrian ambush above Lake Karoun, ten miles from my position, in a wadi called Sultan Yakob. Before the brigade could be extricated, 23 soldiers had died and twice as many had been wounded. Her brother fell into the latter category, suffering severe shell shock. If that sounds minor, don’t tell him that. He was hospitalized for weeks until he recovered enough to go home. Seeing two dozen killed will do that to you.

I asked Michelle, “So being religious has nothing to do with survival in war?”

Without hesitation she answered, “Not a thing.”  Continue reading

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