The light will pre­vail

The Jerusalem Post - - OBSERVATIONS - • By GILA GAMLIEL

The story of Hanukkah, which be­gan with a tyrant who made prac­tic­ing Ju­daism pun­ish­able by death, is the mir­a­cle of the peo­ple of Is­rael.

It is the story of our faith and re­silience.

This mir­a­cle has been re­peated over and over, cen­tury after cen­tury, for more than 2,000 years.

As we read on Passover, in every gen­er­a­tion there are those who rise up to de­stroy us, but our spirit and our faith have pre­vailed.

This Hanukkah, our modern day Mac­cabees – our se­cu­rity forces – are work­ing to de­stroy Hezbol­lah’s ter­ror tun­nels in north­ern Is­rael.

Th­ese cross-bor­der tun­nels are built by Hezbol­lah with di­rect sup­port and fund­ing of Iran.

Like the Ha­mas tun­nels from Gaza on Is­rael’s south­ern bor­der, this bla­tant act of ag­gres­sion has one pur­pose and one pur­pose alone: to at­tack in­no­cent Is­raeli civil­ians.

We will not al­low Iran to en­trench it­self in Syria – or via its proxy Hezbol­lah – in Le­banon, or use Gaza as a base from which to at­tack Is­rael.

The light of our de­ter­mi­na­tion – like the lights of Hanukkah – will pre­vail over the dark­ness around us.

We are a small, but an­cient peo­ple who were gath­ered back to the Land of Is­rael as the Bi­ble tells us from the “four corners of the earth.”

Our strength is not just our won­der­ful mil­i­tary.

It is our in­ner strength.

It is strength of pur­pose and strength of mind.

It is the strength of con­vic­tion.

Our mes­sage to­day is as it was in the an­cient time of Hanukkah: We will pre­vail!

The writer is Is­rael’s so­cial equal­ity min­is­ter.

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