Bombs Away!

When Golda Meir was Prime Minister of Israel, the Jewish nation was about to face another major military conflict with the hostile surrounding Arab nations.  Outnumbered in population by a ratio of 1,000 to 1, President Richard Nixon called her and asked what the U.S. could do to be of assistance.  “What we need Mr. President, are things that begin with ‘A’”.  “What do you mean”, Madame Prime Minister, “Things that begin with ‘A’?”  “We need a lot of money, a lot of uniforms, a lot of food, a lot of water, a lot of medicine, a lot of fuel, a lot of prayer, etc.

In 1948, Israel fought its first modern military conflict, the war for the independence of the nation.  And they possessed next to nothing when it came to the armed forces.  Only one out of three soldiers had any kind of rifle.  Also, there was no artillery (i.e., no tanks, no canons, no planes, no bazookas, and so on).  But on the other side, the story was just the opposite.  The Arabs had been planning for the war and were equipped with a full military arsenal.  U.S. intelligence  gave the Jewish nation two days before they were all driven off the land and into the sea.

However, there was a young man named David Liebovitch.  The engineer graduate had come to Israel from Serbia and was labouring as a farmhand on a Jewish kibbutz.  But after supper, this Jew went to the barn and worked on a weapon that would become known as The Davidka (“little David?”) in Hebrew. …
… The Davidka was an 88-pound bomb filled with nails, rocks, and any other shrapnel that could be found (which was good since Israel did not have any explosive powder).  Now in conventional artillery weaponry, a bomb (explosives) is encased (shelled) inside a mortar (tube) from which it’s launched with the ability to somewhat control the projectile’s accuracy.  But The Davidka was different.  The only part of Little David that fit into the 3″ mortar was the tail of the weapon.  The bulk of the bomb was much larger than the mortar from which it was fired, making it highly inaccurate, with no guidance system at all.  But what this seemingly useless weapon did having going  for it was that when it struck the ground it made a gigantic sound, so loud that everyone in the vicinity of its explosion believed it was near to them.  (As well, before striking the earth, the small pieces of metal and tubes welded onto the outside of the casing – which furthered increased its inaccuracy – made an ominous hissing and haunting shrieking sound as it went through the air).  Just six were made and divided equally to Israeli troops: north two, central two, south two.  The result?  When launched, enemy forces holding a town would run for their lives?  The reason?  They knew the Jews had built America’s nuclear bomb (men like Albert Einstein) and a rumour had spread through the Arab armies (from agents planted by the Israeli secret service) that the Jews in Israel had constructed smaller editions of the same nuclear weapon and were using them.  Only God knows how many Jewish lives The Davidka saved and if there would even be an Israel today without Little David.  This is why in the very centre of Jerusalem, in the heart of the city, there is a monument with one of The Davidka’s displayed.

The bottom line?  And we all thought the only Little David in Israel was the one found in I Samuel 16-17!