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Thursday, January 08, 2009

God is on our side

IDF paratroopers discovered a map of the northern Gaza town of al-Atatra and used it to avoid casualties in the town. Today, the map was shown during an IDF briefing. This is sweet.
The map is handwritten and is based on a bird's-eye view of the town, likely taken from Google Maps. On the map, Hamas split up the town into three different sectors - red, blue and green. On the map, Hamas highlighted several important sites such as mosques, a gas station and a fuel depot.

"Inside the map, the terrorists also marked sniper positions, as well as the location of roadside bombs, anti-tank bombs and landmines," Chief Intelligence Officer Brig.-Gen. Yuval Halamish said Thursday.

The map was discovered by soldiers from the Paratroopers Brigade during operations in al-Atatra and was translated in the field and used by the troops to avoid casualties.

Halamish said that the map showed how Hamas does not hesitate to use civilian infrastructure for its terrorist activity. On the map, a brown dot is marked next to a mosque representing a nearby sniper position.

"This is a civilian area and you can see on the map how Hamas booby-trapped the entrance to homes in order to hit the IDF," Halamish said. In another case, a large explosive device was marked on the map next to a gas station. Had it been detonated it would have likely destroyed the gas station as well, killing and wounding civilians who live in the area.

In another case, Halamish said that soldiers discovered a mannequin dressed like a soldier at the entrance to a home. Had soldiers entered the home, the mannequin would have exploded, collapsing the floor and causing the troops to fall into a tunnel where they would have been abducted by Hamas operatives.
All I can say to this is that nothing in life is mere coincidence. God is on our side. That mannequin could, God forbid, have been a disaster.

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At 8:44 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

They're being pretty careful in the field. And for all the boasting about the Hamas' warriors manhood, they're strangely reluctant to engage the IDF in the name of jihad.

At 9:00 PM, Blogger Doug said...

I pray the IDF stays safe and strong - these are scary times and these soldiers are about all that can keep Israel alive. I also pray the upcoming change in administration doesn't harm Israel.

At 1:02 AM, Blogger Porterhouse said...

There is nothing more dangerous than believing that God is on your side. Anyone can say it, and anyone can point to events, both positive and negative, to demonstrate it. When things are going well, God is with you. Is God on Hamas' side when they score a rocket hit? When things go badly, God is reprimanding you. I'm sure many Muslims think they have not been devout enough, so God is punishing them through the IDF. Please just don't go there. That sentiment has caused the world enough trouble.

At 1:37 AM, Blogger Doug said...

Israel is only defending itself - if Hamas would refrain launching missles none of this would be necessary.

At 2:10 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Doug, if Hamas divested itself of its genocidal charter and sought peace instead of vowing to kill every Jew in the world, it would no longer be Hamas. Opposition to Israel's existence is the terror group's raison d'etre.

At 1:43 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


I have no doubt that whatever happens comes from God. I wanted to point out that what happened with that map should not be dismissed as coincidence. Especially in this country, where we feel God's presence much more closely.

At 2:48 PM, Blogger mnuez said...

God is on our side? Carl, you're a great guy but really not that much of a thinker. Every time something good happens it's God. Every time something bad happens, also God. Every coincidence is God and every non-coincidence is God.

Look, your simple and silly view of life DOES make you happier and nicer person but it's still simple and silly.


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