ISRAEL @ WAR: What's G-d got to do with it???
During this difficult period, questions are being asked with the aim of determining how the Jewish State came to find itself in this precarious situation; what steps could the Jewish State have taken that might have better prepared her to deal with this situation (or avoid it altogether); and what steps the Jewish State can be taking presently (and in the future) to ensure that the Jewish State never again finds herself in such a predicament.
(Un)Coincidentally enough, to find the answer to these questions, all one need do is take a look at this week's Torah portion (Parshat Matot - Mas'ei), where the Jewish People are preparing to cross the Jordan River and begin their conquest of the Land of Israel. At this moment, the G-d of Israel instructs the Jewish People as to what their policy should be towards the enemy nations that inhabit the Land of Israel, and what will befall the Jewish People (then and now), should they fail to heed the Word of G-d:
Hashem spoke to Moshe in the plains of Mo'av by the Jordan (river) at Yericho, saying - Speak to the Children of Israel and tell them, When you pass over the Jordan into the Land of Cana'an, then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you and destroy all their idols, and destroy all their molten images and demolish all their high places. And you shall take possession of the land and dwell therein - for to you have I given the land to possess it...
But if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then shall those who you let remain of them be as pricks in your eyes and as thorns in your sides, and they shall torment you in the land in which you dwell. It shall happen that as I thought to do to them, so will I do to you. (Numbers 33: 50-53, 55-56)