A Victorious Explosion at the Kinneret

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House (www.heritagehouse.org.il) and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives (www.youngjewishconservatives.org). He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

Today I was driving up north along the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) and, out of nowhere, there was an explosion to the side of my car! It was pretty loud, but I kept my cool. It took a few seconds before I realized what had actually happened, as opposed to the seeming possibility of being targeted by an IED. 

The explosion took place between the road and the Kinneret, in an area cordoned off with signs warning of mines. It soon become clear that this area was actually being cleared of mines! I then noticed on the other side of the road, leading towards the Golan Heights, there were more mines. I looked up at the mountains and clearly observed that this was  an area that seemed the most probable from which any potential attack from the direction of Syria might come - hence the historical mines. 

I was happy. First I was happy that it wasn't actually an IED. Then I was happy that, once all the mines are removed, there would now be more area in the Land of Israel that can be used productively by the Jewish People. But then I thought a little more: At a time when Iran is publicly threatening to attack Israel from Syria, we are so resolute that we will refuse to appease our enemies by surrendering the Golan Heights to them that we can remove these defensive measures that are no longer necessary and enjoy the good land that was promised to us. I was happiest about that! These were victory explosions! 

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem



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