BRAZIL - ‘Israel Wants to Occupy Gaza’

Arno Froese

“It is necessary for the United Nations to call something special, because this war as it is going has no end. There’s no end. I’m noticing that Israel looks like it wants to occupy the Gaza Strip and expel the Palestinians from there. That’s not right, that’s not fair. We have to guarantee the creation of the Palestinian state so that they can live in peace together with the Jewish people,” Lula said.

Lula claimed that Hamas had committed a “terrorist” act, but criticized Israel’s response. For the president, attacks that have women and children among the victims are actions equal to “terrorism.”

The Brazilian government advocates a ceasefire to enable a peace agreement and has acted to evacuate people from the region of the conflict. Brazilians who were in Israel and the West Bank were the first to be repatriated.

“At 78 years old, I’ve seen a lot of brutality, a lot of violence, I’ve seen a lot of irrationality. But I have never seen such brutal, inhumane violence against innocent people. Because if Hamas committed an act of terrorism and did what it did, the state of Israel is also committing various acts of terrorism by not taking into account that children, by not taking into account that women are not at war, by not taking into account that they are not killing soldiers,” Lula said.

[Conib, a member of the Israeli Confederation of Brazil, said]: “Since the beginning of this tragic war, provoked by the most horrific massacre of Jews since the Holocaust, Israel has made visible and proven efforts to spare Palestinian civilians, asking them to move to safer areas, creating humanitarian corridors, warning the population of imminent attacks.” Hamas “cynically and cowardly hides behind the women and children of Gaza.”

“The killing of these Palestinian civilians is an important weapon of Hamas’s strategy, a strategy that the terrorist group itself recognizes that it practices,” the confederation said.

-g1.globo.com, 14 November 2023 (translated from Portuguese by Google)

Arno's Commentary

At this point in time, Israel’s goal is to annihilate the terrorist organization Hamas. What comes next is open to speculation. One thing seems clear: Israel will not and cannot tolerate a Hamas-led government in Gaza. 

It is of interest that Brazilian President Lula da Silva states: “Israel looks like it wants to occupy the Gaza Strip and expel the Palestinians from there.” Anyone who makes such a statement, particularly on the American continent (North and South), should carefully study their own history. Wikipedia estimates the number of Indigenous people that were killed to make room for the establishment of the 35 sovereign states on the continent, as between 55 to over 100 million people murdered. 

President Lula should read history, which clearly shows the distinction between Israel and the rest of the world. For example, there were no Portuguese people in the territory of Brazil 1,000 years ago. Such is not the case when it comes to Israel. The Jews’ presence can be accounted for over 3,000 years. The right to reside in the land of their forefathers is a given, but when it comes to Israel, a large percentage of the world’s national leaders place a question mark behind that statement. Now, it seems, the Jews are not even permitted to defend themselves!

Above and beyond, however, is Scripture. Some 3,500 years ago, Moses commanded the children of Israel regarding the Amalekites, who fought against Israel on their way to the Promised Land: “Therefore it shall be, when the Lord thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it” (Deuteronomy 25:19).

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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