GAZA - Hamas, War, Israel, and Prophecy

Arno Froese

When analyzing the Gaza war from international perspectives, represented primarily by the United Nations, we can rightfully quote Isaiah 5:20: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

On the fourth day of the war, the Commission of the United Nations stated, “Reports that armed groups from Gaza have gunned down hundreds of unarmed civilians are abhorrent and cannot be tolerated. Taking civilian hostages and using civilians as human shields are war crimes.” Indiscriminately murdering women and children in brutal fashion, as well as taking civilians hostage, is criminal without any discussion whatsoever. These murdering terrorists had no intention of fighting the military or gaining territory. The exclusive aim was killing Jews, as many as possible, regardless if young or old, soldiers or civilians. 

But the Commission is placing Israel, whose war is strictly defensive, on the same level as the terrorists.

UN human rights chief Volker Türk protests: “[Israel’s] imposition of sieges that endanger the lives of civilians by depriving them of goods essential for their survival is prohibited under international humanitarian law.” In reality, it’s not an issue of international humanitarian law, but cold-blooded, diabolical killing of innocent civilians under the full support of Hamas.

The article continues: “Such acts may amount to a war crime, U.N. Human Rights spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani later clarified. The U.N. rights office’s findings were based on a review of available material, including from its own monitors on the ground, she said.”

Innumerable articles released by respectable news agencies reveal over and again the pattern, “call evil good, and good evil.”

That Arab Palestinians in Gaza are suffering greatly is not in question. We think of those who have lost loved ones, or mothers who want to feed their children and protect them. But we must emphasize that this in no way justifies sending their sons on a murderous spree into Israeli territory, with only one objective: kill Jews.

Once again, we realize that Israel is different and not to be compared with any other nation on planet earth. History clearly documents that all nations, without exception, were established by the sword; the conqueror dictated the terms of the surrender, and that was the end of the affair.

We may take the example of Hungary. During the First World War, Hungary was defeated by Russia and its allies. At Versailles, they were forced to sign away two-thirds of their country and 3.3 million of their compatriots. 

After World War 2, when the Soviet Union and its allies defeated Germany, almost one-third of the country was taken away. Interestingly, there are no militant groups within these countries whose aim is to re-establish their previous sovereign territory.

But, as mentioned, Israel is different. They still have to witness the shedding of the blood of their soldiers to retain some of the territory won during a war. 

Israel is different; way back in Genesis, God declares an unconditional promise: “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2). In Deuteronomy 7:6b, we read: “the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.” Psalm 135:4 declares: “For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.”

The god of this world does not support fulfillment of Bible prophecy, and that is the real reason why the nations of the world treat Israel differently. Yet in the end, as the heathen prophet Balaam exclaimed: “and Israel shall do valiantly” (Numbers 24:18b).

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