ISRAEL - PA Premier Says Israel Can’t Destroy Hamas

Arno Froese

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh claimed that Israel’s war goal of eradicating Hamas is impossible to achieve because the terror group exists as an “idea” and many of its top members aren’t even in the Gaza Strip.

“Hamas is an idea, it’s not only a military structure or an organization in Gaza. Hamas is in the West Bank and Lebanon and Syria, Hamas leadership is in Qatar, and everywhere. So to say that the goal is to eliminate Hamas—it is totally not going to happen,” he said.

Hamas violently seized Gaza in 2007 from the Fatah-controlled PA and has ruled there ever since, using the enclave as a base to carry out attacks on Israel. However, the group also maintains support among Palestinians in the West Bank, while Qatar has hosted Hamas’s political office in its capital of Doha for over a decade.

While the IDF operates inside Gaza, the West Bank has continued to simmer, and since October 7, some 1,430 wanted Palestinians have been arrested across the West Bank, including more than 900 affiliated with Hamas., 9 November 2023

Arno's Commentary

Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh’s statement is quite alarming, yet very true. The unbridled hate against Israel continues, even in view of more Arab nations having developed better relations with the Jewish State.

The reason for that hate is twofold: first, poverty. According to the CIA Factbook, the annual per capita GDP in Gaza is only $5,600, compared to Israel’s $42,100. Life expectancy in Israel is one of the highest in the world at 83.5 years, versus 75.7 years in Gaza.

To enlist young men to be trained as terrorists is relatively easy, as youth unemployment stands at over 25%. When applying this principle, we notice that poverty-stricken countries have some of the highest crime rates. Thus, the statement “poverty breeds crime” is not far off.

The second reason is indoctrination. It begins in kindergarten, and does not cease with successively higher levels of education. They are taught that Israel is the problem, that the Zionist State must be eradicated. The Koran actually justifies killing Jews.

To the north of Israel is Lebanon; there, youth unemployment stands at 30% (2021). The nation once called the Switzerland of the Middle East is now in near chaos. The terrorist organization Hezbollah seems to have the upper hand.

In summary, will this type of propagated hate cease? Our answer is yes, in due time.

The prophet Daniel identifies an enemy of Israel and concludes: “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate” (Daniel 9:27). There are diverse interpretations of this Scripture, particularly regarding “the covenant.” Based on our understanding, it is God’s covenant with Israel; thus, it requires the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem.

About 2,000 years ago, Jesus warned the Jews: “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand)” (Matthew 24:15). Apparently, the reconstructed temple will serve as the “abomination of desolation.” The Bible does not give us additional information, and we must leave it at that. But one thing is sure: The Jews will continue to be hated, because thus says the word of prophecy.

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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