PRAYER ALERT: Jihadist Hamas has released a music video calling for the killing of all Israelis. “Raze it [Israel] to the ground, exterminate the cockroaches’ nest, and banish all the Zionists,” the song says. One way Hamas targets Israel for death is its 9-year-old rocket attack campaign. The campaign has accelerated since July 8 when Israel started a counter-offensive. On July 12 Palestinians in Hebron cheered and chanted “Allah is great” as Hamas lauched 10 rockets at Israel’s largest city, Tel Aviv.
Three of the rockets were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, which aims only at those rockets which pose a threat. The other rockets fell in open areas, doing no damage. The Iron Dome has a success rate of 90%. That is one reason why, despite the 800+ rockets fired on Israel since July 8, only one has claimed an Israeli life.
But Hamas is seeking firepower to kill all Israelis. Minutes after Israel accepted a cease-fire proposed by Egypt, Hamas refused it. Why? Let’s look at three of Hamas’ conditions. It demands an end to Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza. It seeks access to the Mediterranean and reconstruction of an airport. These conditions for peace would give Hamas more avenues for weapons to kill.
While Hamas targets Israel, Israel uses its weapons to target weapons. Even the PLO’s ambassador to the UN Human Rights Committee, Ibrahim Khreiseh, admitted as much. “The missiles that are now being launched against Israel – each and every missile constitutes a crime against humanity whether it hits or misses, because it is directed at civilian targets…We never warn anyone about where these missiles are about to fall or the operations we carry out.”
In contrast, Israel tries to spare Palestinian civilians. Khreiseh acknowledged that “the Israeli army warned them to evacuate their homes before the bombardment… If someone is killed, the law considers it a mistake rather than an intentional killing because [the Israelis] followed legal procedures.” Israel’s 1300 airstrikes so far have destroyed about a third of Hamas’ supply of 10,000+ rockets. They have also killed 190+ Gaza Palestinians. But Israel asserts that 90 were militants. The rest, Israel says, may have been human shields due to Hamas’ practice of storing its weapons in populated places.
Israeli military officials now say it may take a ground invasion to eradicate terrorism from Gaza. They are even considering a full reoccupation of Gaza. In 2005 Israel gave Gaza to the Palestinians, which Israel gave to the Palestinians in exchange for a peace that it never got in return.
PRAY WITH US: Father God, You are mighty beyond all human armies put together. You are wise beyond all human understanding. From the beginning You made Israel Your chosen nation even though it was small, weak and sinful. You brought it out of Egypt. You made it Your vessel of biblical revelation to the world. You made it conquer a land of much stronger peoples. You said the land would be Israel’s forever despite periods of exile. Nations which have cursed Israel and sought to divide its land will be judged (Gen. 17:8; Ps. 105:8-13; Isa. 11:11-12; Joel 3:1-2).
You see that Gaza has been divided from Israel. It has become the main base for attacks against Israel. Iran and Hamas want to use Gaza in their plots to destroy Israel. But You have promised that will never happen. You have blessed Israel. You have said all nations which bless Israel will be blessed. So we, Your people, bless Israel. We declare Your sovereign protection of Israel. We declare that the boundaries You have set for the Promised Land will be restored in good time.
We ask that You oversee and guide the course of the current conflict there. Minimize casualties, just as Israel is trying to do. Destroy weapons and not people. Take Gaza from the hands of the violent. Put it in the hands of those who seek peace. Help them cooperate with Your ultimate plan to return it to Israel. Exalt Your Son Jesus as King of all nations. Turn Muslims to Him. Let the fullness of the Gentiles come in. Then let the hardening of Israel end so it too may receive Him as King. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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