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March 2008 Update

Eyes On Israel – Why are Bombs Flying?

Every day the bombs fly and the pro-Palestinian news agencies never seem to report anything concerning this terrible atrocity against the Jews of Sderot. The news coming from many of the pro-Palestinian news agencies is that Israel is to blame for taking action against the poor citizens of Gaza. Why don’t we hear an outcry against the murder and attempted murder of Israeli citizens by these terrorists from the same news people? It appears that once again Anti-Semitism has raised its ugly head as innocent Jews are threatened each day with death as the hate continues. If the citizens of Gaza did not support terrorism, they would not be suffering any hardships. The funds that the world governments are supplying to Gaza in relief efforts to buy food and other necessities is apparently being used to bomb Sderot.

Consider the following information: Sderot is located one kilometer from the Gaza Strip and the town of Beit Hanoun. It has a population of 20,000 which is almost 100% Jewish. The city has been under almost constant rocket fire since the beginning of the 2nd Intifada in October of 2000. Qassam rockets have been used by Gaza terrorists from Hamas and Islamic Jihad to kill the innocent citizens of Sderot. These home-made rockets have caused a great deal of deaths and injuries, along with damage to homes and property and psychological distress on the residents.

In May 2007 a great increase in missile attacks from Gaza forced the Israeli government to temporarily evacuate thousands of Sderot residents. As of November 2007, 6,311 rockets had fallen on the city and thousands of residents had left for safer places to live.

The people of Sderot are under the threat of death each day because they are Jews. The Palestinian terrorists and the pro-Palestinian press blame the Israeli government and the Jewish people with bringing all these problems on themselves. They say that Israel is at fault because they restricted the citizens of Gaza from leaving Gaza. They took this action because many of the murdering suicide bombers have come from Gaza. Since Israel took this action, the murdering suicide bombers have for the most part stopped. The pro-Palestinian news agencies support the view of the Gaza terrorist leaders who show their true intentions to destroy the Jews and Israel with these daily missile attacks. The acts of terrorism against the people of Sderot are justified by the pro-Palestinian press because of the restrictive sanctions that the Israeli government placed upon Gaza. These sanctions have probably already saved hundreds, if not thousands, of innocent Israelis from death injuries caused by these murdering Gaza terrorists.

PA: Israel Transforming Gaza into Powerless Entity
by Hana Levi Julian

Israel's closure of the crossings into Gaza as a security measure will shortly transform the region into a powerless entity, claimed the Palestinian Authority on Sunday.

Gaza's main power plant began shutdown procedures, according to the Reuters news service, due to a shortage caused by Israel's blockage of fuel deliveries into the area.

"There is no fuel coming in and we have no reserves," claimed Kanaan Abeid, deputy chairman of the PA Energy Authority in the Hamas terrorist-controlled region. According to Abeid, one turbine in the main power plant shut down Sunday morning and it was expected that the second and last turbine would cease operations by Sunday night.

PA officials estimated that one million Gaza residents would be affected by the blackout.

Gaza terrorists fired more than 120 rockets at the western Negev last week alone, wounding a number of Israelis in the besieged city of Sderot, located a bare kilometer from Gaza, and causing damage to homes, public buildings and power lines. Tens of western Negev residents suffered psychological shock from the attacks.

Three of the missiles reached the coastal city of Ashkelon, where several strategic installations are located. One of the missiles exploded for the first time within the city limits in a tennis court. Another slammed into the industrial zone to the south of the city.

Israel said "humanitarian cases" approved by Defense Minister Ehud Barak would still be allowed to cross through the checkpoint, but the standard foreign humanitarian aid remains blocked.

Recently, a number of "humanitarian" deliveries into Gaza – including bags marked as sugar donated by the European Union actually included weapons-production materials.

UN officials warned the closure would exacerbate the poverty and difficult conditions in which Gaza residents live.

In addition, security sources quoted by Noam Bedein, head of the Sderot Media Center, said the Hamas terrorist organization in control of Gaza charges a $3,000 entry fee for each delivery through the more than 150 smuggler tunnels in and out of the area.

The fee is the same, said the sources regardless of who or what emerges from the tunnels into Gaza. Terrorists, weapons, ammunition, drugs and other contraband are all subject to the same fee regardless of size of the delivery.

At least one ton of ammunition alone has entered Gaza through the smuggler tunnels since Hamas's takeover of the region in June 2007, bringing hundreds of thousands of dollars to the area, in addition to the millions of dollars smuggled in from Arab donor nations abroad.

(Emphasis Ours)

United Nations officials warned, did you see that? Where are the United Nations officials warning for the murders being perpetrated by Hamas? Many Israeli citizens live their lives fearing the moment a terrorist rocket will land close enough to kill them.

This picture is from the Arutz Sheva news agency. As you look at this photo put yourself in it and imagine how it would be to face a rocket attack. This is what many Israeli citizens face every day. Why isn’t there an outcry from the US or other nations against this terrorism? It appears that Americans have forgotten about 9/11 and the outrage against terrorists that followed. Are we presently seeing a fulfillment of Matthew 24:12? “Because lawlessness is increased, most peoples love will grow cold.” Where is the love, compassion and concern for the innocent? Hatred of the Jews has once again lifted its ugly head. The pro-Palestinian news media spends its time criticizing Israel for restricting Gaza Palestinians rather than reporting on this terrorism. Instead, they cry out about the plight of the poor Arabs who are discomforted (as they put it) by Israel. Please do not listen to the media with its pro Arab view points. If the citizens of Gaza are fed up with hardships then let them rid themselves of terrorists.

When Will It Stop?

Let us consider the word of Yahweh for this answer.

“The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz concerning Judah and Jerusalem, which he saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. ‘Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth; For Yahweh speaks, “Sons I have reared and brought up, But they have revolted against Me. An ox knows its owner, And a donkey its master's manger, But Israel does not know me, My people do not understand.”

Alas, sinful nation, People weighed down with iniquity, Offspring of evildoers, Sons who act corruptly! They have abandoned Yahweh, They have despised the Holy One of Israel, and they have turned away from Him. Where will you be stricken again, as you continue in your rebellion? The whole head is sick And the whole heart is faint. From the sole of the foot even to the head There is nothing sound in it, Only bruises, welts and raw wounds, Not pressed out or bandaged, Nor softened with oil.

Your land is desolate, Your cities are burned with fire, Your fields — strangers are devouring them in your presence; It is desolation, as overthrown by strangers. The daughter of Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, Like a watchman's hut in a cucumber field, like a besieged city. Unless Yahweh of hosts Had left us a few survivors, We would be like Sodom, We would be like Gomorrah. Hear the word of Yahweh, You rulers of Sodom; Give ear to the instruction of our Elohim, You people of Gomorrah. “What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me?” says Yahweh. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle; And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs or goats. When you come to appear before Me, Who requires of you this trampling of My courts?

Bring your worthless offerings no longer, Incense is an abomination to Me. New moon and Sabbath, the calling of assemblies —I cannot endure iniquity and the solemn assembly. I hate your new moon festivals and your appointed feasts, They have become a burden to Me; I am weary of bearing them. So when you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; Yes, even though you multiply prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered with blood.”

Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, Plead for the widow. "Come now, and let us reason together,” Says Yahweh," Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool. If you consent and obey, you will eat the best of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You will be devoured by the sword.”

Truly, the mouth of Yahweh has spoken. How the faithful city has become a harlot, she who was full of justice! Righteousness once lodged in her, But now murderers. Your silver has become dross, Your drink diluted with water. Your rulers are rebels And companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe And chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow's plea come before them.

Therefore Yahweh of hosts, The Mighty One of Israel, declares, "Ah, I will be relieved of My adversaries And avenge Myself on My foes. I will also turn my hand against you, And will smelt away your dross as with lye And will remove all your alloy. Then I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning; After that you will be called the city of righteousness, A faithful city." Zion will be redeemed with justice and her repentant ones with righteousness. But transgressors and sinners will be crushed together, and those who forsake Yahweh will come to an end. Surely you will be ashamed of the oaks which you have desired, and you will be embarrassed at the gardens which you have chosen. For you will be like an oak whose leaf fades away or as a garden that has no water. The strong man will become tinder, His work also a spark. Thus they shall both burn together and there will be none to quench them.’” (Isaiah 2; NASU)

Yahweh is calling His people to repentance, but they have hardened their hearts and stiffened their necks. Others are devouring their fields and burning their houses as it was prophesied by the Word of Yahweh to happen.

So while we feel sadness for the people who have to live in fear, we also know that sin brings hardship. If only the people of Israel would repent and call upon Yahweh by His true name, they could see the salvation that has been promised through the pages of the Scriptures. Yahweh’s land is filled with all types of abominations and idols. Abortions and murders are happening daily while the people are calling the creator of the universe by pagan names. We can only pray for Matthew 24:29-31 to be fulfilled.

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” ( KJV)

May this day come soon and even in our lifetime.