Today, yet, again ad nauseum the Iron Dome is in the news. The Israeli Government has proudly announced that the Iron Dome will be upgraded to "catch/destroy" Iranian missiles. Sorry, Chaim, Bibi, IDF aka Charley, but I don't find that very comforting.
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The Defense Ministry has successfully completed an upgraded version of the Iron Dome anti-rocket shield, it announced Sunday. Jerusalem Post
Who was the greatest Jewish warrior in the Bible? King David, of course! And what is the first incident when we get a glimpse of David's power? It's the Goliath story.
David, at that point, was not the ruling monarch. You can read it in 1 Samuel Chapter 17 שְׁמוּאֵל א. The background is that G-d had already informed Samuel the Prophet that Saul, the first king, was to be retired. Saul was punished for not following G-d's instructions, which had been passed to him by Samuel. The story of that final straw is told in 1 Samuel Chapter 15 שְׁמוּאֵל א.
In Chapter 16, you can read how Samuel, following G-d's instructions, found David, who was then a shepherd and shunned by his elite family:
Contrary to American voting history, G-d doesn't choose His leaders by physical height. G-d has different criterion, and in 1 Samuel Chapter 17 שְׁמוּאֵל א we can read what G-d saw in King David.
King Saul had the "Iron Dome" of his time. He had the most advanced defensive armor available. But that armor didn't give him the confidence to fight Goliath.
Simply put, Saul, the king, was paralysed in terror and radiated that fear to his soldiers. Nobody was willing to take up Goliath's challenge. When the "leader" has no confidence, the people easily give up.
David, who by then had been anointed secretly to be King of the Jewish People, at most witnessed by just his immediate family, arrived on the scene bringing food supplies to his elder brothers. Hearing Goliath's threats and taunts, he volunteered to meet the challenge and fight the enemy.
Saul offered David his armor, the Iron Dome of the time, but David rejected it as unnecessary for a war of offense.
- Very simply put, offensive and defensive weapons and tactics are not the same.
- When a country is trhreadtened the only way to stop the threat is to destroy the enemy.