But Moses told the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the LORD’s salvation, which He will accomplish for you today…The LORD will fight for you…” Exodus 14:13-14
“He [the Lord your God] will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,” Psalm 91:4-5
We greet you in the wonderful name of Yeshua the Prince of Peace. Our hearts grieve again as there is fighting and many innocent people suffer.
As we write, report, and ask for prayer requests, we want to emphasize that our hearts are filled with compassion for the suffering people on both sides. Knowing that God loves all people and wants them to be saved.
As followers of the Messiah who believe the Bible is truly the Word of God, we are aware of the Spiritual Warfare against God’s plan in Israel and around the world.
As Israeli Jews and Messianic, we (Simcha and Bella) are very much aware that there is some prejudice against Arabs in predominantly Jewish Israel. This does not justify the violent and murderous attacks against innocent Jewish people. We see how it is clearly instigated by an evil spirit from the enemy satan, who uses people who are deceived by the spirit of Islam.
The Bible shows us the big picture, including the past and future, which help us to realize that these last attacks are part of the opposition to God’s plan, where Israel has a very central part. The enemies of Israel are the enemies of the Lord, God of Israel, King of the universe.
The War Goes On
Saturday marks the sixth consecutive day of rocket fire from Gaza directed at Israeli population centers. Attacks began Monday evening with a missile Hamas launched at the Jerusalem area following days of clashes in the city between Palestinians and Israeli security forces.
That initial attack has been followed by ongoing, nearly continuous, intense rocket fire into the center and south of Israel. Even as far as Elot near Eilat (the farthest city in south Israel). To date, 6 Israelis have been killed and dozens have been wounded
The IDF (Israeli Defense Force) is bombing Hamas targets in Gaza, careful to avoid civilian structures and populations as much as possible. Nonetheless, at least 132 Gazans have been killed, including many Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists. Missile launching sites and Hamas headquarters have been destroyed. Ironically, some Palestinian civilians, including children were killed in Gaza as a result of many failed Hamas rockets fired at Israel.
Israel gives advance warning to the residents of buildings Hamas is using for terrorist activities that are the targets of airstrikes, so the people who are not involved can evacuate the premises and their lives are spared.
Hamas Targets Civilians
Hamas deliberately targets Israeli civilians in most of the cities, firing long-range missiles and also short-range rockets at nearby (to Gaza) towns and villages.
Their ideology is for the “Liberation” of Jerusalem. That was the goal of the first missile they fired as Israel was celebrating Jerusalem Day in honor of the unification of Jerusalem which followed Israel’s victory in the 1967 Six-Day War. “We fired 100 rockets at Tel Aviv and other cities and are prepared to fire more,” said a leader of the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad group, referring to the Tuesday night’s barrages on the center of Israel. “We will continue our struggle and not back down. Gaza is the sword of Jerusalem.”
To win this round, Israel must destroy the infrastructure and enemy manpower in Gaza, but also must realize that it is a fight for Jerusalem. Israel must be more forceful than ever before. The world will most certainly blame Israel even though Hamas started this round and (as of Saturday night) has fired so nearly 3,000 missiles at innocent civilians.
The calamity that the IDF can bring upon the enemy will traumatize whatever leadership is left, unfortunately along with the residents of Gaza and Judea and Samaria, and the Arab citizens and residents of Israel.
When Should Israel Stop Targeted Bombing?
Many Israelis don’t want the military operations in Gaza to stop until all objectives are achieved.
Concerning Jerusalem, Israel must implement measures that change the status quo on the Temple Mount providing access for the Jews. Israeli sovereignty needs to be accepted.
It would help if parts of the Gaza Strip, preferably its northern section, reverted to Israeli hands. IDF commanders must be assertive. This is war. Hamas leadership in Gaza and Palestinian Authority in the West Bank must endure the consequences of their actions.
The question remains: will the IDF continue to fight until the end? Israeli PM Netanyahu has promised: “It will take a little while longer, but with a large number of strikes, both defensive and attacking, we will attain our goal – that of restoring calm to the State of Israel.”
Jerusalem is a Red Line for Hamas
On Thursday morning, thousands of Muslim worshipers arrived at the Temple Mount at the conclusion of the Ramadan holy month. Some of those in attendance expressed support for Hamas and called for the Gaza Strip to “stand strong” in the face of the IDF operation there. Posters in support of Hamas leaders said: “Jerusalem is a red line.” One of those Muslim worshipers wore a shirt that read: “We are all Gaza, Jerusalem will rise.” The leader of a Jewish organization in favor of Israel’s control of the Temple Mount said to the press: “The time has come to fight this Operation Guardian of the Walls in Jerusalem.”
Last week, Hamas activists in Jerusalem proved they control the Temple Mount and East Jerusalem Streets. Israel must fight this terrorist organization in Jerusalem.
Many Israelis believe that a great opportunity exists now. With the proper response, Israel will win, and not just on the battlefield.
Along with Hamas – whose ideology is to take back Jerusalem and all of “Palestine” (the land of Israel) – the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) and the P.A. (Palestinian Authority) pose a danger to Israel’s existence as the sole Jewish nation.
Consider the anti-Zionist rhetoric of the traditional Israeli Arab leaders, who take advantage of Israel being a democracy and openly call Israel a racist Jewish state, an apartheid colonialist state, and the IDF soldiers terrorists. (Click more here read more about the Cause of the Current War.)
What About The Riots?
Today radical fundamentalist Arab Muslims, who are Israeli citizens, are burning streets in the mixed Israeli cities (cities with large populations of both Jews and Arabs) destroying hospital emergency rooms, and burning synagogues to the ground.
Israel HAS BEEN forced to evacuate Jews AS the rampaging mobs, fueled by Hamas propaganda, ARE MAKING EFFORTS to lynch Jewish residents. Cars were stopped on the highways and the Jewish passengers were beaten by Arab lynch mobs. Presently there is a curfew in one of the mixed cities.
In Jerusalem, riots have now continued for a month, leaving many Jews injured.
Jerusalem Day Parade – Canceled
For the first time since 1967, Israel canceled its Jerusalem Day celebratory flag march and the government has barred Jews from entering the Temple Mount.
Israel backed down and postponed a court hearing on the eviction of Arab squatters from houses in which they have lived for 50 years while refusing to pay rent to the Jews who have held the deed to the land for a century. This contributes to the international assertions Jewish land deeds are less valid than others and the presence of Jews in the city they made holy is an “illegal” act, as U.S. Democratic politicians have said. Click here for more details on the subject.
Is This War About Jerusalem?
Hamas has made clear that this war is about Jerusalem. Israel permitted the eroding of the Status Quo in Jerusalem and the Temple Mount has become, in essence, a sovereign and entirely independent Muslim mini-territory.
Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount has been forfeited as no Israeli authority or police can enter without encountering violence, provoking an international crisis and threats of international intervention. Will Israel win this war, not just militarily but also ideologically? Victory is defined by strategy and perception, not only by power.
According to Hamas, victory is all about Jerusalem. Hamas understands that the city and the holy sites are at the heart of the Jewish people, and that is why every one of its thousands of missiles into Israel is linked to the control over the Temple Mount. Hamas aims to become the leader of the Muslim world in the “holy struggle to free Jerusalem” from the “Zionist enemy.”
Wicked Friends of Hamas
With the support of Turkey – which declared willingness to send troops to help fight the Jews in Jerusalem – Jordan, and of course Iran, they fight against any non-Muslim control of the holiest place of the Jews in united Jerusalem — the Temple Mount. Gaza is no longer the target, but Jerusalem, along with the heartland of the Holy Land, the hills of Judea and Samaria, including cities holy to Judaism such as Hebron, Shiloh, and Mount Eval as well as Christian holy sites like the Old City of Jerusalem, Golgotha (Calvary) the Garden Tomb and Bethlehem.
Israel must establish her presence on the Temple Mount. Some publically suggest an arrangement to share the area, which is big enough for the two faiths to have their places of worship, side by side.
Jordan has been dominating the Waqf (the Muslim religious trust that administers the Mount) with key allies but has proven incapable of keeping the status quo, permitting the Arab riots to continue on the grounds of the Temple Mount. A settlement might involve rearranging or replacing the character of the current Waqf and turning over its authority to a committee that is managed by another Arab country at peace with Israel, like the UAE or Bahrain. Hamas must lose its control over the Muslim agenda concerning Jerusalem.
Many Israeli Jews demand rights to a permanent presence for a place of worship on the Temple Mount, and for Israel to reassert control with a police presence there.
Israel is at war, and it’s over Jerusalem!
Please pray with us:
- In 2017, Israel even yielded its control of access to the Temple Mount, removing metal detectors installed after Islamists brought weapons into the complex to attack and kill Jews. In order to avoid conflict, primarily with Jordan, Israel also relented from installing cameras to monitor visitors to the Temple Mount complex (to avoid unwelcomed visitors).
Israel is at a crossroads realizing the crisis will continue if it doesn’t make the right choices. All wars and choices have a price Israel has to pay. The battle defining this crisis, and labeled by Israel; “Defenders of the Walls” (no doubt meaning Jerusalem) is spiritual, and Israel’s victory must come on the Mountains of Jerusalem and not only from demolishing the terrorist’s tunnels in Gaza.
Please Pray with us:
- That innocent lives will be spared in the fighting
- That God through this turmoil will draw people on both sides to Himself.
- For Born Again Believers to be filed with the Spirit and shine God’s light during this time of darkness.