The Gaza Strip

Arno Froese

Also Judah took Gaza with the coast thereof, and Askelon with the coast thereof, and Ekron with the coast thereof” (Judges 1:18).

Gaza is mentioned 18 times in the Old Testament and one time in the New Testament. The Gaza Strip, as it is called, is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, 13 kilometers with Egypt, and 59 km with Israel. The population is listed as 1.836 million, of which 98% are Muslim and about 1% Christian. Life expectancy stands at 74.4 years.

From the above Scripture, we learn that Judah took possession of the land. However, during Israel’s repeated rebellions against God, we know that the Philistines (no relationship to Arab-Palestinians) became Israel’s most stubborn and fiercest enemy.

Ashkelon today is a thriving Israeli city of 141,000 inhabitants. The city of Ekron is located some 18 km from Gath, but the exact location has not been established. It was there that the Ark of God was brought by the Philistines, according to 1 Samuel 5:10.

Modern Gaza was captured by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War. Many agricultural settlements were established, and Gaza became somewhat prosperous. Then in 2005, Israel withdrew from Gaza, leaving behind well-established farms and some industry. Instead of taking advantage of these developments, the Arab-Palestinians discharged their hate and destroyed much of what Israel left behind. Since that time, terrorist activities coming from Gaza have been numerous and do not cease. Israel always reacts to terrorist attacks, which resulted in the blockade of Gaza from sea, air, and land. Doubtless, this is cause for much suffering among the people of Gaza. Yet Israel is forced to protect its citizens.

The CIA Factbook lists Gaza’s exports as $1.955 billion for 2017, and imports at $7.582 billion for the same year (estimates for 2018 imports stand at $8.59 billion). When imports are higher than exports, someone has to pay the bill; in most cases, governments, institutions, and non-profit organizations funnel money to Gaza. Quite often, the money does not end up for the purpose it was collected, but is used to fuel terrorism. 

Thanks to globalism, it is now possible to file lawsuits virtually anywhere in the world against any country. See example below.

A newly filed $90 million US lawsuit has charged a Palestinian human rights group with financing hundreds of acts of environmental terrorism along Israel’s southern border with Gaza.

The lawsuit exposes an alleged conspiracy between the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights (USCPR, also known as Education for a Just Peace in the Middle East) and Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and other designated terrorist organizations.

It seeks to hold the American based 501(c)3 USCPR liable for conspiring to provide financial aid that supported a massive wave of Palestinian-launched incendiary balloons from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, sparking hundreds of fires throughout the area and causing physical and mental harm to local residents.

According to KKL-JNF, close to 2,200 fires destroyed more than 14,200 hectares (35,000 acres) of agricultural land, nature reserves and forest—including JNF forests—and harmed local animal life. The estimated value of this destruction is a minimum of $50 million, according to the Foreign Ministry.

A series of reports by the Strategic Affairs Ministry has demonstrated that for years, boycott promoters have disguised themselves as human rights activists and managed to raise tens of millions of dollars and euros from Western countries and citizens who thought they were contributing to causes supporting justice and equality.

“For far too long, the people of southern Israel have been traumatized by ongoing terrorist attacks seeking to destroy both their way of life and the surrounding forests and environment,” said Richard D. Heideman, senior counsel at Heideman. “The flow of money is fuel for terror. It is essential to take action against US groups that are complicit partners in funding terror that help enable foreign terror organizations to relentlessly wage a multifaceted campaign of terror against the citizens and lands of the sovereign State of Israel.”, 15 November 2019

While most neighboring Arab countries have learned not to tangle militarily with Israel, the Arab-Palestinians have apparently not learned their lesson; particularly the people of Gaza, who have elected the now-recognized terrorist organization, Hamas, as their government. When will this conflict end? We may safely assume that in the not-too-distant future, the Gazans—as well as other Arab-Palestinians—will recognize that terrorism is not the answer; it only makes things worse. With the advance of globalism, we should expect some sort of peace to be established in this troubled conflict zone. For Israel’s future, the words of Amos 9:14 are valid: “And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.”

Midnight Call - 02/2020

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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