PRAYER - ISRAEL'S BEST DEFENSE
by Michael Freund
With each passing day, the danger facing Israel seems to mount, as does our frustration.  We all want to help, we all want to
do something at this critical hour that will make a difference for our people.  And yet, we seem at a loss as to just what we can and should be doing.


People are dying in the streets, being shot on their way to work or blown up at the local pizza parlor.  There must be something more, something that each and every one of us can do to directly affect the situation, no matter who or where we might be.

And in fact, there most assuredly is.  However you might define yourself -- be it Jew or Christian, agnostic or simply confused -- the key to Israel's victory may very well lie in the palm of your hands or, more precisely, in the words of your heart.
Israel's
best defense is the power of prayer, and it is time we unleashed this weapon with all the fury and determination that we can muster.


The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), whose leader was recently eliminated by Israel, has warned that,
"The flames shall reach every Zionist everywhere" (Ma'ariv, August 28).  This means that all of us who support Israel are now effectively soldiers in the battle to save the Jewish State.  And just as there are no atheists in a foxhole, there should be no lips
that remain silent in the current battle.

Israel should launch an international campaign, Operation Shield of David, which would bring together Jews, Christians and others to pray on the country's behalf.  The Book of Psalms, written by King David, has always been one of the most potent weapons in Israel's spiritual arsenal.  It is time to dust off this powerful tool, and to let its words of comfort and succor
resonate across the globe.

Synagogues, churches and other places of worship should regularly recite specified psalms on Israel's behalf, culminating in an International Day of Prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.  If tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, of voices are raised worldwide simultaneously, the echo will resound not only through the corridors of power in Washington, Moscow and elsewhere, but more importantly, in the Heavens too.

Prayer has the power to unite us, if only for an instant, in an uplifting and meaningful experience that transcends our limitations
as individuals and bonds us together as petioners on Israel's behalf.

The fact is that for the past decade, we have given politics a chance, and it has failed us.
Now is the time to give G-d a chance, for unlike politicians, He can always be relied upon to keep His Word.
Michael Freund served as Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office  from 1996 to 1999. 
This article was first published in 'The Jerusalem Post August 29th, 2001.
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