ISRAEL - Gaza Has Surprising Export

Arno Froese

In the heart of the Gaza Strip’s Shati refugee camp, machines buzz as Mohammed Abu Shanab’s employees sew small, round pieces of cloth: Jewish kippot for export to Israel.

It may seem an unlikely product to be made in the Palestinian Authority enclave run by the Hamas terror movement, but with unemployment rampant, some in Gaza will take any business they can get. “The Israelis appreciate our products for their quality and our proximity to their market,” Abu Shanab said.

With about a dozen sewing machines, Abu Shanab’s small textile factory, located near the home of Hamas’s former leader in Gaza Ismail Haniya, produces other products such as shirts and trousers as well. Business, not politics Hassan Shehadeh, who employs some 50 workers in a textile factory, says. He exports between 5,000 and 10,000 pairs of pants to Israel each month.

“The local market is weak, while trade with Israel is very good,” he said. For Abdel Nasser Awad, director general in the Gaza economy ministry, exporting to Israel is “a purely commercial affair.” “All that we are interested in is boosting our economy and fighting unemployment,” he said. Shehadeh puts it much more bluntly. “Politics and business are not the same thing,” he said. “You can be an enemy in politics, but not in business.”, 10 March 2017

Arno's commentary

What a profound statement: “You can be an enemy in politics, but not in business.” Business, according to our understanding, is the key element uniting the world into one, the global family. While there are temporary stumbling blocks, such as Brexit and Trump, none will be able to withstand the power of business. Globalism is here to stay, and globalism will have the upper hand, when it comes to unifying the nations of the world. That’s the clear and plain message of Holy Scripture.

Business or merchandising will be the key identity of the last world power. “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies” (Revelation 18:3).

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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