No matter how obnoxious the rhetoric coming from Iran’s president, it’s difficult for me to imagine that Israel would not be able to respectably defend itself (and more) in any major conflict with the Persian state.
The reputation of Jewish scientists, as a whole, is well established. Despite comprising only 0.25% of the world’s population, Jews have nevertheless managed to rack up a considerable collection of Nobel—and other—prizes in Science.
Nobel Prize for Chemistry — 20% of total
Nobel Prize for Physics — 26% of total
Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine — 28% of total
Kyoto Prize — 26% of total
Wolf Foundation Prize — 34% of total
US National Medal of Science — 38% of total
* jinfo.org (2009)
Allied efforts during the First World War were greatly enhanced by the work of a Jewish chemist named Chaim Weizmann who invented a way to more easily manufacture acetone, a key ingredient in cordite-based explosives. Weizmann later went on to become the first President of Israel.
During the Second World War, the work of Jewish physicists like Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilárd, Niels Bohr, Albert Michelson, Wolfgang Pauli, Felix Bloch, Edward Teller, Lev Landau, and many others, made possible the harnessing (and unleashing) of nuclear energy.
I certainly hope that a third war will not make it necessary for such talented individuals to demonstrate what they might be able to come up with next.
Psalm 92 speaks of those times when David/Israel were/are/will be under fire from many sides, beset by numerous enemies. And it seems that every time this occurs, new revelations about the nature of matter and energy do indeed arise. Or, as it says in the psalm:
Psalm 18:16 (18:15 in some versions)
Then were seen the channels of the waters,
and the foundations of the world were laid bare
at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.
The word ‘waters’ can be synonymous with power or energy, which,
along with the foundations of the world (matter), will be revealed
when the encompassing enemies of Israel are rebuked by G-d.