'2nd Lebanon War defeat was result of distance from God'

Yishai tells Shas supporters that lack of emphasis on God and the Torah brought failure to IDF in 2006.

September 1, 2010 10:01
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Shas head Eli Yishai

Eli Yishai. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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Israel was defeated in the Second Lebanon War in 2006 because people had distanced themselves from God, according to Interior Minister and Shas head Eli Yishai.

Speaking at a Tel Aviv synagogue on Tuesday, Yishai explained that Israel experienced miracles during the Six-Day War in 1967,  but in 2006 Israel suffered defeat due to distance from God.

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"During the Six-Day War, against all the Arab armies, for every one of our soldiers, they had 10,000 soldiers, for every one of our tanks, they had 10,000 tanks, for every one aircraft, they had at least 10 planes," Yishai told Shas supporters at a Kiryat Shalom synagogue.

"How could the Israeli nation go to war against all the Arab armies, who could have defeated us by simply walking. Can anyone explain this miracle and wonder?"

"And then there is the Second Lebanon War, without Syria, Jordan, without Libya. Only 2,000 Hizbullah fighters. Two thousand!" Yishai told his supporters. "Look what happened. Do you know why this happened? Because we said, 'My power and the might of my hand brought me this fortress.' What do you all think, that you can succeed without help from God? Without the Torah of Israel? Without Torah scholars?" stressed the Shas head.

He paused and continued, "Whoever does not believe that the nation of Israel lives above nature is a heretic."

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