BIN: That’s the worst sentence to write: Hamas wins. The people of the Gaza Strip lose. The people of Israel lose. The State of Israel remains to be seen, but for now, it loses, as well. To deal in realities, Hamas has won, and the implications carry forward.
The resignation of Israel’s Defense Minister, Avigdor Liberman, is, at once, political and an appropriate response to Israel’s inability to wrest the security initiative back from Hamas. Hamas chooses when to begin violent activity, when to escalate it, when to ask for a ceasefire, and when to violate the ceasefire it requested.
Israel is in a reactive position in each case. more …
Opinion: When Israel loses a battle, even one they chose not to fight, they should know why. In the following three defeats after the Israelites crossed into the Promised Land, each time a clear rule from the Lord had been passed over.
In Joshua 7:4-5 the Israelites lost a battle in Ai …
“So about three thousand men went up there from the people, but they fled before the men of Ai. And the men of Ai struck down about thirty-six men, for they chased them from before the gate as far as Shebarim, and struck them down on the descent; therefore the hearts of the people melted and became like water.”
… after one of their own stole treasure from Jericho that was to be dedicated to the Lord. Joshua 7:11 “For they have even taken some of the accursed things, and have both stolen and deceived; and they have also put it among their own stuff”.
In 1 Samuel 4, the Israelites were once again defeated, this time by the Philistines after treating the ark of the covenant like a good luck charm (1 Samuel 4:3-4).
“So the Philistines fought, and Israel was defeated, and every man fled to his tent. There was a very great slaughter, and there fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers. Also the ark of God was captured …” 1 Samuel 4:10-11
Israel’s first king, Saul, lost the favor of the Lord when he disobeyed God before the battle at Gilgal:
“So Saul said, “Bring a burnt offering and peace offerings here to me.” And he offered the burnt offering. Now it happened, as soon as he had finished presenting the burnt offering, that Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might greet him.” 1 Samuel 13:9-10.
And Samuel said, “What have you done?”
“And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you,” 1 Samuel 13:13-14.
Jonathan, not Saul, won the battle.
When God’s people are in His favor, they have won and will continue to win miraculous victories.
See our e-book Blood Feud chapter 6 here for more on Israel’s first king.