" He made my mouth like a sharp sword,.."

"Who is this coming from Edom, with soiled garments,.. this one who was stately in His apparel, girded with the greatness of His strength?" (Isaiah 63:1). "And He donned righteousness like a coat of mail, and a helmet of salvation is upon his head, and He donned garments of vengeance as his attire, and he was clad with zeal as a cloak" (Isaiah 59:17).

"And He made my mouth like a sharp sword, He concealed me in the shadow of His hand; and He made me into a polished arrow, He hid me in His quiver" (Isaiah 49:2). To castigate the wicked and to prophesy retribution upon them (Rashi). Ephraim shall be as a quiver full of arrows to Me (Rashi on Zech. 9:13). And he shall smite the sinful of the earth (Rashi on Isaiah 11:4, Hosea 6:5).

For HaShem favors His people; He adorns the humble with salvation. Let the devout exult in glory, let them sing joyously upon their beds. The lofty praises of God are in their throats, and a double-edged sword is in their hand - to execute vengeance among the nations, rebukes among the regimes; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them a written judgment - that will be the splendor of all His devout ones. Halleluyah!" (Psalms 149:4-9).

Israel's primary goal is that the nations accept moral rebuke and mend their ways (Psalms 149). The lofty praises uttered in honor of God will cut down the wicked and bring forward the glory of the righteous. 

Netanyahu: Our Hand Grasps the Sword of David: Prime Minister invokes Israel's greatest warrior king as psychological warfare reaches peak level. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu invoked King David in a statement Tuesday evening – signaling that he is serious about ordering an intensification of the attack on the terrorists of Gaza. "Our hand is outstretched in peace to those of our neighbors who want to make peace with us," Netanyahu said in a statement issued by his office, "and the other hand is firmly grasping the sword of David against those who wish to uproot us from this country" (INN, 11/20/2012). 

Report: Egypt Warned Israel that a Ground Op would End Peace: Channel 2: Egypt, U.S. warned Israel that a ground invasion would endanger its peace agreements with Cairo, Amman. Israel decided to refrain from a ground invasion of Gaza after it was warned that such a move could spell the end of the peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan, Channel 2 reported Thursday. According to the report, Mossad Head Tamir Pardo, who went to Cairo as Israel's representative in the contacts that preceded the ceasefire, was told in messages from Cairo and from Washington that the peaceful relations between Israel, Jordan and Egypt were at risk (INN, 11/22/2012).

Jordan's King Warns Netanyahu Against Ground Operation: Jordan’s King Abdullah II telephones Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and warns against a ground operation in Gaza (INN, 11/21/2012). U.S. officials recently warned Israel that Egypt and Jordan could annul their peace treaties with the Jewish State if it attacks Iran (INN, 21 Sep 2012).

"And David girded his sword over his garments, and he did not want to go (in them), for he was not accustomed, and David said to Saul, "I cannot go with these, for I am not accustomed." And David took them off. And he took his staff in his hand, and he chose for himself five smooth pebbles from the brook, and he placed them in the shepherds' bag which he had, and in the sack, and his slingshot was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.

And all this assembly shall know that not with sword and javelin does the Lord save, for the battle is the Lord's, and He will deliver you into our hand" (I Sam. 17).

"And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone (knowledge of God), and slung it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead; and the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell upon his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David (1 Sam 17, Dan. 2:31-44, Isaiah 11:9, Habakkuk 2:11-14).

And from the west they shall fear the name of the Lord, and from the rising of the sun, His glory, for distress (upon the enemies) shall come like a river; the spirit of the Lord is wondrous in it נֹסְסָה" (Isaiah 59:19). נֹסְסָה is an  expression of a miracle (נֵס), see Isaiah 11:10,12, 18:3, Ex. 17:15. "For he (David) was not accustomed" לא נסיתי Jonathan explains this as derived from נס, a miracle, and, therefore, renders: For there is no miracle in them (military garments; sword), i.e., there will be no praise for the miracle in this manner.

"Fear not, O worm of Jacob, the number of Israel; "I have helped you," says the Lord, and your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel" (Isaiah 41:8-16). The family of Jacob, which is weak like a worm, has no strength except the Torah in its mouth, that will grind up the mighty, powerful nations on earth.

"The spirit of the Lord is wondrous in it" נֹסְסָה, (Isaiah 59:19) an expression of a miracle (נֵס), which can also mean "eats into him like a worm in wood." It shall be as a tree eaten to powder by the worms. The enemies will be like fine dust. "And the multitude of foreigners shall be like fine dust, and the multitudes of tyrants like passing chaff, and it shall be a sudden happening" (Isaiah 29:5). 

"For, as you drank on My Holy Mount, shall all the nations drink constantly, and they shall drink and be stunned (Heb. יְלָעוּ. As the Targum renders: וְיִסְתַּלְעֲמוּן, an expression of confusion, amazement, and benumbing the mind), and they shall be as though they were not" (Obadiah 1:16).

"...Take this cup of the wine of fury from My hand, and you shall give it to all the nations to whom I send you, to drink. And they shall drink and reel to and fro and be like madmen because of the sword (the Torah) that I am sending among them" (Jer. 25:15-16, Isaiah 51:22-23, Hab. 2:11-14, Zec. 12:2,9, 14:13-14, Ezek. 38:21-23, Haggai 2:20-22).

After one week with war against terrorism emerging from Gaza, IDF Summarizes Operation: 1,500 Gaza Targets Hit: The IDF hit more than 1,500 targets in Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense, according to a statement released Wednesday night.The statement was a summary of the counterterrorist operation, which came to an end after a ceasefire was announced on Wednesday evening.The IDF said it achieved the goals that were set prior to the operation and dealt a severe blow to Hamas and its military capabilities. 

In total, 1,506 rockets were fired at Israel during Pillar of Defense, of which 875 exploded in open spaces and 58 exploded in populated areas. The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted 421 rockets, with a success rate of 84%.

Five Israelis, including four civilians and one soldier, were killed during the days of the operation and 240 people were wounded.

On Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman held a joint news conference announcing the ceasefire.

Hamas celebrated the ceasefire and claimed “victory” over Israel. The terror group’s chief Khaled Mashaal announced in a press conference Wednesday evening that Israel "has failed in all its goals" in Operation Defensive Pillar, following the cease fire announcement.

The terror group marked the ceasefire by firing 20 rockets at southern Israel between 9:00 p.m. and midnight Wednesday evening (INN, 11/22/2012).

Iran: Israeli Ceasefire a Sign of Weakness: Iranian leaders say ceasefire shows Israel is weak. Hamas tells Gaza Arabs ‘We won.’ Despite Gaza’s main terrorist groups losing huge numbers of weapons and launch sites in Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense, Iran and Hamas have been spinning the week-long battle as a victory for their side.

Iran’s Saeed Jalili, secretary to the Supreme National Security Council, crowed on Iran's IRIB news that the ceasefire deal reached this week “means that the Zionist regime is becoming increasingly weak,” Italy's AGI reports. Jalili said the ceasefire admitted to Israel’s “accepting defeat.” Iran will continue to support terrorist groups in Gaza and elsewhere that fight Israel, he declared.

Hamas, too, came out with a declaration of victory. “We have come out of this battle with our heads held up high,” said Hamas’ head-in-exile, Khaled Mashaal. Islamic Jihad chief Ramadan Shallah claimed the operation was Israel’s “greatest defeat in history" (INN, 11/23/2012).

Gazans celebrate after Hamas declares ‘victory’: Palestinians in Gaza mark national holiday to celebrate what Hamas leaders are calling a victory over Israel.

Palestinians in Gaza marked a national holiday on Thursday to celebrate what Hamas leaders said was a victory over Israel, after eight days of intense hostilities ended in a cease-fire on Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Across Gaza, Palestinians celebrated, waving flags of Hamas, Fatah and smaller groups such as the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine – as well as the Egyptian flag in a nod at the involvement of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in brokering an understanding between Israel and Hamas (JPost, 11/23/2012).

Hamas 'Victory' Celebration in Hevron: Hundreds of Arab residents of Hevron took part Friday in a demonstration organized by Hamas celebrating the supposed Hamas "victory" over the IDF in Operation Pillar of Defense. The demonstration was held under the slogan "Unity and Victory." Hamas flags were flown and there were chants in praise of Hamas and its "military arm," the Ezzedine el-Qassam Brigades (INN, 11/24/2012).

Ahmadinejad Congratulates Hamas on its 'Victory': Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad congratulates Hamas's prime ministeron a "great victory" over Israel. Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday congratulated Gaza's Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, on a "great victory" over Israel, AFP reported.

According to the report, Haniyeh in turn "thanked Iran for its support," days after Tehran confirmed it had supplied military aid to Gaza.

"The Iranian president congratulated the people of Gaza and the (Palestinian) resistance facing Zionist aggression ... on their great victory," Iran's news agency ISNA reported.

Haniyeh’s office said Ahmadinejad called late on Friday to praise Gaza's "victory after eight days of Israeli aggression," referring to Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense which targeted Hamas’s terror infrastructure in Gaza.

"We stand beside the Palestinian people," the Iranian president added.

Parliament speaker Ali Larijani on Wednesday said Iran had supplied military aid to Hamas, which controls Gaza since taking power in a bloody coup in 2007.

"We are proud to defend the people of Palestine and Hamas ... and that our assistance to them has been both financial and military," Larijani said in remarks reported by parliament's website, ICANA.ir (INN, 11/25/2012). 

Nasrallah: Netanyahu failed to destroy Hamas: Hezbollah chief says Israel Air Force cannot end battle with Gaza, claims Jerusalem is scared of engaging in a ground war. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu failed in his attempt to destroy "the Palestinian resistance" in Gaza during Operation Pillar of Defense, Lebanese network Al Manar reported.

"Netanyahu did not put high goals for this war. He rather put low goals so that he would achieve them and announce his victory," Nasrallah said. Despite that, Nasrallah said, Netanyahu failed at all of the goals he set out to achieve in the Gaza operation, according to Al Manar.

"The first goal was to destroy the Palestinian resistance's leadership. He failed in that. The second goal was to destroy the resistance's missile system. He also failed in that. The third goal was to reinforce Israel's deterrence power. This war rather weakened this power," the Hezbollah chief said.

Commenting on the IAF assassination of Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari, Nasrallah said Hamas could still fight efficiently without him because "resistance movements in the region no longer depend on individuals."

The Hezbollah chief also commented on IDF capabilities during the operation, saying the IAF is not capable of "putting an end to the battle with Gaza," and that Israel was "scared of engaging in a ground war," and that it mobilized reserve soldiers merely to wage a psychological war.

Nasrallah claimed Israel's loss in Gaza will prevent it from waging war on other rivals in the region in the future. "If you failed to win a war against Gaza which has been under siege, what would be the case if you engage yourself in a war with someone else?" he said  (JPost, 24/11/2012).

U.S. officials recently warned Israel that Egypt and Jordan could annul their peace treaties with the Jewish State if it attacks Iran (INN, 21 Sep 2012).

Hizbullah Chief Calls Arabs to Arm Against Israel: Hizbullah terrorist chief Hassan Nasrallah called Arab nations to arms over the weekend in a pre-recorded video from his hideout in Lebanon. Speaking on the occasion of the end of the Shi'ite Muslim Ashura festival in Lebanon, Nasrallah congratulated terrorists in Gaza on their “first  victory” over the IDF. "The resistance, which lost a martyr, was able to fight efficiently... resistance movements in the region no longer depend on individuals,” Nasrallah praised the Gaza fighters, according to the Al-Manar website, affiliated with Hizbullah terror group (INN, 11/25/2012).

Security Council Praises Ceasefire, Calls to Uphold It : UN praises the Gaza ceasefire, while world hails Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi for mediating the efforts.

The Security Council members "strongly commend" Morsi for his efforts to end the violence, their statement said. The council and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon both praised the role of Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi in setting up the ceasefire, reported AFP.

The United States and the EU also welcomed the ceasefire, according to the AFP report.

U.S. President Barack Obama also praised Morsi's mediation work, according to a White House statement. “The president thanked President Morsi for his efforts to achieve a sustainable ceasefire and for his personal leadership in negotiating a ceasefire proposal," said the statement. Obama also reaffirmed the "close partnership" between Washington and Cairo, the White House said, adding that the two leaders "agreed on the importance of working toward a more durable solution to the situation in Gaza" (INN, 11/22/2012).

And then..: The top leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood denounced peace efforts with Israel and urged holy war to liberate Palestinian territories on Thursday — one day after the country's president, who hails from the movement, mediated a cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians to end eight days of fierce fighting.

"The enemy knows nothing but the language of force," said Mohammed Badie. "BE AWARE OF THE GAME OF GRAND DECEPTION WITH WHICH THEY DEPICT PEACE ACCORDS," he said in a statement carried on the group's website and emailed to reporters. 

Gantz: The Other Side Will Understand What Happened to It: Chief of Staff Benny Gantz during a visit with wounded: The operation in Gaza achieved the desired results. (INN, 11/23/2012). 

"The Other Side": Abraham was called Ivri, the word literally means "from the other side." Lit.,, this means that he came from the other side of the Euphrates. Figuratively, he was standing alone against the whole world, he was on the other side of a moral and spiritual divide from the rest of the world. "And Joshua (24:2) said unto all the people: 'Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel: Your fathers dwelt of old time beyond the River,.. and they served other gods." I Kings 24:15.

Making the "Other Side" look good: Trying To "Launder" Abu Mazen: Information about Abu Mazen (Abbas) has been censored for political reasons by the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the U.S. State Department - to make him "look good" (INN, 03/12/03). "Lets not forget How Arafat was groomed to be more acceptable by the powers that were in charge years ago. Did they not clean him up and say he would be the most effective person to have the hostages released. Why not use old techniques if they work. After all, we dumb populace have a short attention span and are not encouraged to connect the dots" (AniJustMe, Australia).

Today, Secretary of State Clinton continued her effort to push a "Cease Fire." Why? Is a cease-fire really the best outcome for Israel and the United States? Some claim that Clinton interjected herself into this cease-fire initiative in an attempt to make Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood President Morsi look good. Brokering a cease-fire would help Morsi legitimize the Muslim Brotherhood's claim of being a, "Peaceful Organization." Is that a part of Clinton's agenda -- making the Muslim Brotherhood look good? (SecureAmericaNow--Zech. 12:9, Jer. 30:7-11). 

Critics: Netanyahu Failed, Caved to World Opinion: Criticism of PM Netanyahu continues as activists, rabbis accuse him of sacrificing Israel's safety for the sake of world opinion. Criticism of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu continued Friday over the ceasefire with Hamas that ended the Pillar of Defense counter-terror operation (INN).

World Opinion shaped by Norwegian Propagandist Doctor? Propagandist Doctor Returns in the New York Times: Another distasteful figure has reemerged in Gaza (Honest Reporting, Nov. 12, 2012).

Bloggers Uncover Possible CNN Video Fraud (INN, 1/12/2009).  

Mads Gilbert participated in Video Fraud: More MSM Fake TV (Accuracy In Media). 

What happens when there aren’t enough dead and injured Palestinians for the TV cameras? See: Honest Reporting

Photo Fraud in Gaza: The inside story of the media war against Israel: "Hamas is using the media to deliberately incite public opinion against Israel and news agencies are complicit in this fraud" (Rabbi Shraga Simmons). Grasp the Sword of David to Turn World Opinion on Israel... 

Obama’s pledge of US troops to Sinai next week won Israel’s nod for ceasefire: Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to a ceasefire for halting the eight-day Israeli Gaza operation Wednesday night, Nov. 21, after President Barack Obama personally pledged to start deploying US troops in Egyptian Sinai next week, debkafile reports.

Operation Pillar of Cloud’s main goal was a total stoppage of the flow of Iranian arms and missiles to the Gaza Strip. They were smuggled in from Sudan and Libya through southern Egypt and Sinai. Hostilities would continue, said the prime minister, until this object was achieved.

This development is strategically significant for three reasons:

1.  Once the missile and arms consignments depart Iranian ports or Libyan arms bazaars, Tehran has no direct control of their transit from point to point through Egypt until they reach Sinai and their Gaza destination. All the same, a US special forces operation against the Sinai segment of the Iranian smuggling route would count as the first overt American military strike against an Iranian military interest.

Netanyahu, Barak and Lieberman are impressed by the change the Obama administration has undergone since the president’s reelection. Until then, he refused to hear of any military action against Iran and insisted that Tehran could only be confronted on the diplomatic plane.

2.  President Morsi, by opening the Sinai door to an American troop deployment for Israel’s defense, recognizes that the US force also insures Israel against Cairo revoking or failing to honor the peace treaty Egypt signed with Israel in 1979.

In the face of this US-Israel-Egyptian understanding, Hamas cannot credibly claim to have won its latest passage of arms with Israel or that it obtained guarantees to force Israel to end the Gaza blockade.

Indeed, Gaza’s Hamas rulers will be forced to watch as US troops in Sinai, just across its border, break up the smuggling rings filling their arsenals and most likely laying hands on the reserve stocks they maintain under the smugglers’ guard in northern Sinai, out of reach of the Israel army. This means that the blockade on Gaza has been extended and the focus of combat has switched from Gaza to the Sinai Peninsula (DEBKAfile, Nov. 23, 2012). 

Iran Loads Ship with More Missiles for Hamas: Iran has loaded a ship with more missiles for Hamas in Gaza. Israel: We will destroy any attempt to smuggle weapons. An Israeli official said that Israel will destroy the missiles, regardless of the ceasefire, if Hamas tries to smuggle them in, apparently via Sudan and Egypt. Israel has been held responsible more than once for the bombings of weapon factories and smuggling operations in and from Sudan (INN, 11/25/2012).

DEBKAfile: Obama Okayed IDF Gaza Operation To stop Iran building a gateway to the Muslim Brothers in Cairo :: US Troops for Syria and Sinai Obama ready to intervene in Syria, choke off Iran’s Sinai arms routes. 

Netanyahu: Ground Campaign Might be Necessary After All: Netanyahu was responding to thousands of Facebook commenters who slammed him, along with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, for failing to fully rout Hamas and engage in a ground campaign to destroy the terror group for once and for all.

Netanyahu wrote that he understood the commenters' feelings, but that Israel needed to “take this opportunity to achieve a long-term cease-fire.

“As Prime Minister I have the ultimate responsibility to take the proper steps to ensure our security. That is what I have done in the past, and that is what I will continue to do” (INN).

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu — recently claimed four years of relative quiet on the security front as one of his achievements. But that quiet has come at a price, as the major terrorist threats on Israel’s borders — Hamas in Gaza and Hizballah in Lebanon — keep adding large quantities of rockets and other weapons to their arsenals; and their supporter, Iran, approaches the nuclear finish line (PJ Media, 5 Reasons Why Liberal Jews Will Never Support Israel).

Barak Quits Politics: Defense Minister Ehud Barak is quitting politics. In a dramatic announcement, he claimed successes as Defense Minister (INN, 11/26/2012).

Gaza Terrorists: Barak Quit Because of Us: Gaza Arab terrorists celebrated the announcement that Ehud Barak was leaving politics by claiming that they had "chased him away" While Israeli officials were divided in their reactions to the announcement by Defense Minister Ehud Barak that he was leaving politics, Gaza Arab terrorists were unambiguous in their feelings; they celebrated the announcement in Gaza Monday by shooting into the air and singing songs calling for the destruction of Israel, claiming that they had “chased” Barak away with their “bravery” while under Israeli attack during Operation Pillar of Cloud.

Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum said that it was clear that Barak was leaving because he was unable to stand up to Hamas. “The decision proves Barak's failure in leading Pillar of Defense, and the failure of Israel to achieve its goals during the operation” (INN, 11/26/2012). Time will show...

Hamas Tests Improved Long-Range Missiles: Hamas is already preparing for the next clash with Israel and its military wing recently test fired improved long-range missiles, the Yisrael Hayom daily reported on Sunday (INN, 1/14/2013).

Iranian Weapons Support for Hamas Shows No Signs of Slowing: New report shows Iran is committed towards rebuilding Hamas weapons stockpile (INN, 1/13/2013). To trust the Obama Administration is a BIG mistake...