Articles of the Day 8/4/14: God Is Protecting The Israeli People
Israel-Hamas Conflict 2014
Some reminders to keep things in perspective as you get inundated by media reports about the suffering Palestinians:
- Hamas started this round of fighting by kidnapping Israeli civilians, killing them, and launching rocket attacks against Israeli civilians. Several war crimes.
- Hamas launches uses human shields (the Palestinian people) to fire rockets and mortars against Israeli civilians-this is a double war crime.
- Hamas uses tunnels to invade Israeli territory and attack, kill, kidnap Israeli civilians. Another war crime.
- Hamas used children to build the tunnels. Exploiting children. (the UN’s own report state at least 160 died building these tunnels.)
- Hamas, on at least seven occasions, violated humanitarian cease fires by firing on Israel.
- Hamas used children as shields during ground combat with the IDF, this is a war crime.
- The UN allowed Hamas to store weapons (mostly rockets) in UN facilities at least three different locations. (The UN also returned the rockets to Hamas which amounts to supporting a terrorists.)
- Hamas fired on IDF forces from UN buildings housing Palestinian civilians.
- Hamas leaders routinely use civilian ambulances for transporting their leaders. This is a war crime and also it prevents the use of ambulances for the civilian population. Many people forget to remember that.
“Hamas rocket fire Sunday was concentrated on the Israeli communities around the Gaza Strip, although a light salvo was aimed at Tel Aviv and the central Shfeilah.”
“Multiple media outlets report that Hamas’s offensive tunnel network – now known to have been composed of over forty attack tunnels dug underneath Israel’s border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip – was set to be activated during the Jewish High Holidays (September 24th) as a mass terror attack. The attack was meant to generate as many as ten thousand casualties, men, women and particularly children and hundreds of captives. Explosives were particularly placed underneath kindergartens to make certain that these “institutions” would be the first struck, even before any thing else.”
Truly disgusting that anyone could defend Hamas. They are as pure evil as evil comes. The UN, the US President, Turkey, Qatar should all be ashamed of themselves.
“But on the quiet, the IDF was on the process of conducting a major strategic operation, carving out a buffer strip or cordon sanitaire just inside the Gaza border, designed to be controlled from outside by special forces and armored units on round-the-clock alert, to bar hostile infiltrations. They are equipped with a battery of firing posts, sensors and drones.”
“Three motorcycles were found facing Israel, and were to be used for attacking Israeli civilians in a murderous rampage.”
“Among the UN’s long bill of particulars against the beleaguered Jewish state comes the almost unbelievable accusation that Israel’s refusal to share its Iron Dome ballistic missile defense shield with the “governing authority” of Gaza – i.e. Hamas, the terror group created to pursue the extermination of the Jewish state and now waging a terrorist war against it – constitutes a war crime against the civilians of Gaza.”
Lacking any real reason to condemn Israel the UN resorts to the insane. This will actually gain traction among the Left.
“An Arab tractor driver crashed into a bus on Shmuel Hanavi St. in Jerusalem allegedly to harm the passengers. The bus was empty, but one person is lightly injured and a passing civilian was killed. A policeman and a prison guard of the Nahshon unit opened fire at the terrorist and killed him.”
“Elderly man hit in Eshkol, two soldiers injured in other incidents; around 70 rockets hit Israel Saturday.”
“Are there attempts to document Hamas activity?
If you’re wondering whether the Times has assigned another photographer to cover this aspect of the story, so am I: The Times hasn’t been running photos of Hamas fighters in Gaza — period. Looking through the Times’ most recent three slideshows on the conflict (here, here and here), encompassing 37 images, there’s not a single one of a Hamas fighter. In an L.A. Times slideshow of more than 75 photographs from the conflict, there’s not a single image of a Hamas fighter either, according to the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America.
For many viewers, the narrative of this war must appear quite straightforward: Powerful Israel is bombarding defenseless Palestinians. That’s understandable when there are hardly any photographs of Palestinian aggressors.”
It has already been reported that Hamas has threatened journalists in Gaza. Also, the death tolls reported in the media come from hospitals controlled by Hamas so they can hardly be credible.
“Israel has evidence that almost half of Palestinians killed in the 25-day-old Gaza war were combatants, its deputy foreign minister said on Saturday, pushing back against international allegations of a lopsidedly heavy civilian death toll.”
“During Operation Protective Edge, Hamas has used populated areas of Gaza to launch attacks against Israel. The terrorist organization knows that rocket launching sites may be the targets of IDF counterstrikes. Nevertheless, Hamas has never stopped firing rockets from mosques, school, hospitals and other civilian areas.”
“Its popularity waning, the terror group is faced with a choice: perpetrate a large attack or slide into a long-term ceasefire.”
“An earlier, unconfirmed report floating around the Internet had a Gaza resident attributing the lack of Hamas accuracy to Israel’s God moving the rockets off-course to protect His people. “We do aim [our rockets], but their God changes their path in mid-air,” a Hamas commander was said to have told someone who wondered why Gaza-based militants can’t seem to hit their targets. Also last week, Col. Ofer Winter, commander of the Givati Infantry Brigade, described a mysterious fog that favorably covered he and his troops as they advanced on an enemy position in morning light, after their nighttime raid was postponed.”
God is protecting the Israeli people. There are actually many reports of heroism and acts of sacrifice by the Israeli people but it goes unreported in the media. God has provided a leadership for the Israeli people who put resources into building shelters for them. God gave the Palestinian people a leadership who put there resources into building tunnels instead of shelters. With hate in their hearts, the Palestinian people elected Hamas to power. God gave them what they wanted and now they are suffering for it. The Palestinians have always sought conflict never peace. The Israelis have always wanted peace. God is protecting those who desire peace.
“After many killed and wounded, Hamas has still not surrendered nor have the people of Gaza rebelled.”
“What happened when several dozen anti-Israel extremists marched through central Manhattan’s Diamond District?”
I got shivers watching this. God bless Israel!!
“IDF transfers 186 truckloads of goods into Gaza, as its Hamas rulers continue to fire rockets at Israel.”
“French-Moroccan Imam says Gazans are caught between Israel’s bombardments and Hamas’s abuse.”
“Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar said that the roots of the Gaza war could be found in the 2005 Disengagement.”
Indeed, and now God is making Israel claim it back.
“Malka wrote that residents “have complained of hearing noises coming from under the ground. I have heard these complaints several times, but yesterday, when I came back from a tour of the Gaza border communities, I understood.””
Sunni-Shiite Civil War
ISIS takes over Iraq’s biggest dam
“Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) took over Iraq’s biggest dam unopposed by Kurdish fighters, who also lost three towns and an oilfield on Sunday to the Sunni militant group, witnesses said, according to Reuters news agency. Control of the dam could give ISIS, which has threatened to march on Baghdad, the ability to flood major cities.”
“Signatories of a statement, which was presented by representatives on video, include major groups such as Jaish al-Islam, Jaish al-Mojahideen, Suqour al-Sham, Faylaq al-Sham, and the Syrian Revolutionary Front.”
“Lebanese army artillery has been pounding areas around Arsal on the Syrian border for three days in a bid to expel Islamists who invaded Lebanese territory in force for the first time since the Syrian war erupted. Lebanese officials described the incursion by al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State as a planned attack, after its push into Iraq and Syria. Thirteen Lebanese soldiers have been killed in the fighting and at east two dozen have either been taken hostage or are missing. The Lebanese army said it had taken full control of a school seized by the Islamists and found 50 bodies there.”
“Our journey home will be a short one, and it will take many of us by surprise, although we’ve been warned that it shouldn’t (1 Thes. 5:4). One minute we’ll be here, going about our business, and in the next we’ll be there, having been changed from mortal to immortal and from flawed to perfect in the twinkling of an eye (1 Cor. 15:51-53).”
“Q. I am a believer and when talking to my mom about the rapture I told her I wanted to look around to see every other believer being called to Heaven. I think it will be a spectacular sight! My mom told me I better keep my eyes on the Lord or I could turn into a pillar of salt like Lot’s wife. Will I be able to look around or will I be completely focused on the Lord during the Rapture?
A. In 1 Cor. 15:51-53 Paul said the rapture will happen in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, To me that means in one moment we’ll be here, going about our business, and in the very next one we’ll be standing in the Lord’s presence. There won’t be time to look back, like Lot’s wife, or to notice anyone else. I think our first reaction will be absolute shock that it really happened, and our next one will be overwhelming joy as the reality sinks in. After that, we might begin to look around and see who came with us.”
“Q. I was presented with an interesting question today and I don’t have good answer. The person was telling me that traditional Jewish weddings have a 7 day sequester of the bride and groom. I do not know if that is true or not. But the question is this; Since Jesus went ot prepare a place for us. Will we be sequestered for the 70th Week in the mansion as the OT brides where or will we be able to watch the rest of prophecy fulfilled from our mansion room window?
A. Isaiah 26:20 says we’re to go to our rooms, shut the door behind us and hide ourselves until the Lord’s wrath has passed by. I’m familiar with the tradition that the bride and groom sequestered themselves for seven days following their wedding. This would have been the first time they were ever alone together. It was their time to get acquainted and make plans for their future together. It was their version of a honeymoon.
It’s not hard see the rapture being followed by Daniel’s 70th week as a fulfillment of this tradition. Personally I don’t believe we’ll have any interest in watching what will be happening on Earth, even if it is possible to do so. First, these judgments will be worse than anything that’s ever happened before, and it won’t be a pretty sight. And second, we’ll be with the Lord. We will be seeing Him face to face for the first time, so it will be our time to become better acquainted and learn about our future together. I can’t imagine anything else being interesting enough to distract us.”
“Q. Re: In this week’s feature article, The Unbelievably Amazing Destiny Of the Church you wrote, “The only requirement God has imposed on people who live during the time of the Church is that we believe in the one He sent (John 6:28-29).” But didn’t Paul say we have to believe that Jesus died for our sins and rose again rather than just believe in Him?
A. There are a number of verses where Jesus said whoever believes in Him will be saved. John 3:16, John 3:36, John 5:24, John 6:28-29, John 6:40 are among the most popular. These are all direct from the Lord Himself. Scholars have concluded that by these statements Jesus meant, believe in who He was and what He did for us, not just believe that He existed. Therefore to believe in Him is to believe He is the Son of God who died for our sins and rose again.”