IDF goes to battle against Hamas with inspiration from Book of Isaiah

Upon your walls, O Yerushalayim, I have set watchmen, Who shall never be silent By day or by night. O you, Hashem‘s remembrancers Take no rest




(the israel bible)

May 11, 2021

3 min read

27 Israelis were wounded, one seriously when Arab terrorists in Gaza launched more than 200 rockets at southern Israel on Monday night. The IDF reported that “dozens” of rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system.


The IDF responded to the attacks with the appropriately named  “Operation Guardian of the Walls”, striking 130 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist targets in Gaza including two terrorist tunnels, two rocket launchers, two military posts, a Hamas military intel facility, the home of a top Hamas military official, and weapons manufacturing and storage sites.


Six Israelis were injured when an apartment building in Ashkelon was hit. Another apartment in Ashkelon and a house in the Shaar Hanegev region were hit by rockets. Hamas claimed credit for the attack on Ashkelon, saying it would  “turn Ashkelon into hell.”

An Israeli citizen was injured when an anti-tank missile was fired over the border, hitting his car.


The Hamas-run Health Ministry reported that at least 24 Gazans were killed and another 106 Palestinians were injured. The IDF said at least 15 of those killed were members of the Hamas terror group who were launching rockets at Israel. IDF estimates were that about one-third of the rockets fired at Israel landed inside Gaza. IDF Spokesperson Hidai Zilberman said a number of those killed in Gaza were struck by errant rockets fired from the Strip, not by Israeli airstrikes, including a number of the children. IDF efforts to prevent civilian casualties are severely hampered as the terrorists intentionally operate in close proximity to civilians, using them as human shields.


It does not appear at this stage that the hostilities are lessening. Color Red warning sirens continued throughout Tuesday morning as rockets were fired from Gaza. In addition, Defense Minister Benny Gantz approved the call-up of 5,000 reserve soldiers for the Southern Command, the Home Front Command, and the Operations Division of the IDF on Tuesday.

Guardians on the wall

Though the basis for the moniker “Operation Guardian of the Walls” is unknown, there are several possibilities. In the 1970s, the great playwright, lyricist, and literary scholar Dan Almagor wrote a song entitled “The Guardian Of The Walls”, which was set to music by Benny Negri and recorded in 1977 by the Entertainment Troop of the IDF’s Central Command. Like many Israeli artists, Almagor based his work on a Biblical reference:

Yes, yes, who dreamed back in the classroom,

when we learned to recite: “Upon your walls,

Jerusalem, I have set guardians”,

that the day would arrive and

I would be one of them,

that the day would arrive and

I would be one of them? 

This was based on the verses in Isaiah:

Upon your walls, O Yerushalayim, I have set watchmen, Who shall never be silent By day or by night. O you, Hashem‘s remembrancers Take no rest. And give no rest to Him, Until He establish Yerushalayim And make her renowned on earth. Isaiah 62:6-7

This section of Isaiah describes how, in the end of days, Jerusalem will be rebuilt while its protection is overseen and organized by the God of Israel. 54 years after the IDF conquered Jerusalem, the decision by the Israeli defense establishment to choose this as the name of the operation clearly underscores the focus of the current conflict as once again being Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital.

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