A missile was headed directly toward targets that would have likely killed hundreds of innocent civilians, but it was thwarted, not by military might, but by "the hand of God," according to a military commander. It is being called a miracle.
In the recent Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iron Dome Missile Defense system has been quite effective in preventing rockets from hitting targets in Israel, thus avoiding many civilian casualties. But it isn't perfect. According to Israel Today, about 10% of the missiles predicted by the Iron Dome's radar to hit civilian targets, for some reason, do not hit those targets. Many in Israel and believers around the world say that reason is the favor or hand of God.
Recent headlines have brought reports of missiles aimed by Hamas somehow changing direction in midair. The Inquisitr has reported that an Israeli commander described a miracle of God covering his troops with a cloud to protect them. He calls them "clouds of glory," reminiscent of the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night that led the children of Israel through the desert with Moses in millennia past.
Another such miraculous story was reported by an Israeli News site and translated by Israel Today on Tuesday. An Iron Dome battery commander tells an amazing story of a Hamas missile that was thwarted by the hand of God from its trajectory toward likely civilian targets:
"A missile was fired from Gaza. Iron Dome precisely calculated [its trajectory]. We know where these missiles are going to land down to a radius of 200 meters. This particular missile was going to hit either the Azrieli Towers, the Kirya (Israel's equivalent of the Pentagon) or [a central Tel Aviv railway station]. Hundreds could have died.
The Azrieli Towers is a majestic set of three skyscrapers with Tel-Aviv's largest shopping mall located at the base of the Towers. According to Tel-Aviv's local city guide, the mall has a dizzying array of shops, complete with a play area for children. If the missile had hit there, the loss of innocent civilian life, including children, would have been staggering.
The Kirya Tower is Israel's sixth tallest building, located next to the Azrieli Towers. It is primarily a government building, although approximately 11 floors of the 40-floor structure are allocated as civilian offices. Again, a missile headed toward it put hundreds of civilian lives at risk.
The Tel Aviv HaShalom Railway Station is likely the other possible target as it is connected to the Azrieli shopping mall by a bridge. It is one of Israel's busiest railway stations.
Had the Hamas missile hit any one of these targets, which are all very close to each other, the civilian casualties could have been devastating. On that day last week, the Iron Dome defense system failed to stop the missile. Devastation appeared imminent.
"We fired the first [interceptor]. It missed. Second [interceptor]. It missed. This is very rare. I was in shock. At this point we had just four seconds until the missile lands. We had already notified emergency services to converge on the target location and had warned of a mass-casualty incident."That is the point at which everything changed, and reportedly God intervened. Certain destruction was averted. The Iron Dome battery commander continues:
"Suddenly, Iron Dome (which calculates wind speeds, among other things) shows a major wind coming from the east, a strong wind that … sends the missile into the sea. We were all stunned. I stood up and shouted, 'There is a God!'
"I witnessed this miracle with my own eyes. It was not told or reported to me. I saw the hand of God send that missile into the sea."
The first Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion said, "In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles." Indeed, miracles seem to follow throughout the history of the nation of Israel, from ancient times to re-establishment of Israel in 1948 to the stunning Israeli victory in the Six-Day War in 1967 to the present.
It is the classic tale of David fighting the giant Goliath. And miraculously, Israel experiences the same outcome. In the end, Israel always wins, even against incredible odds, even when it seems the whole world is against her. The hand of God always seems to be upon Israel.