With Great Power Must Come Sensible Restraints

According to experts and analysts, Hamas’ storming of Israeli communities on 7 October, 2023 was the most serious cross-border attack Israel has faced in more than a generation. There were multiple simultaneous attacks on various fronts, innocent civilians were killed, and many more were taken as hostages. The Israeli army possesses the necessary firepower to storm Gaza and leave no stone unturned in its quest to eliminate threats. However, it is not so simple. Anyone that has ever wielded power soon realizes the need for restraints. The big question is how does Israel protect itself, punish and disable Hamas without threatening the region’s long-term prospects?

In the hearts of many women, there lies a profound sacrifice, a silent battle between the shipwreck of a joyless marriage and the deep love for their children. They persevere not for their own fleeting happiness, but to protect their children from the raging storm that a divorce can bring. Despite the pain, they persevere, believing that waiting until the children are older is the wisest course of action. This strong restraint exemplifies a mother’s unconditional love, transcending her own pain for the sake of her children’s well-being. Many people regard such actions as weakness and folly. This, however, is not the case. A powerful person must always exercise restraint.

The wise learn to control their words and, eventually, their actions (Proverbs 17:27). As you get older, you realize that just because you have the rights and power to do something doesn’t mean you should. You could make a decision or act, but you realize it is best to wait. The world is watching Israel’s reaction to the October 7 attacks. They have the ability to crush the enemy, but they must consider a variety of scenarios as well as the cost to their country. There are no easy answers. What inconveniences are you willing to endure in the name of a brighter tomorrow?

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