ISRAEL - ‘We Will Bomb Israel’s Center,’ Says Islamic Jihad

Arno Froese

Khaled al-Batsh, head of the politburo of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip, told The Media Line that central Israel is under threat by his organization.

“We have every right to bomb Israel with our most advanced weapons, and make the occupier pay a heavy price. We will not settle for attacking around Gaza, but we will bomb the center of the so-called State of Israel,” Batsh said.

“Our goal is to make the occupation pay for its crimes, and to prove that the Islamic Jihad will keep to its commitment to protect the Palestinian people and the resistance anywhere,” he added.

Security officials in Israel claim that both armed forces and civilians are at risk, as the PIJ might attempt to take revenge for the arrest of Saadi, a senior leader in the organization, which took place in the West Bank city of Jenin. 

While the IDF is blocking more and more roads around Gaza, the PIJ is keeping a fog around its plans, creating an atmosphere of uncertainty for the communities around the Gaza Strip.

“People here don’t really have a choice. We know where we live and accept the costs. But it’s inconvenient, and tense times like this make everyone more anxious in the long run,” said Eyal Hajbi, the security chief of Sha’ar HaNegev regional council.

An IDF official told the Media Line that “the Israeli military is prepared for all scenarios, including an escalation, and is reassessing the situation regularly.”, 3 August 2022

Arno's Commentary

The key word used by Israel’s enemies is “occupation”: an interesting definition for territory lost in military conflict. We may search the annals of history and find that all countries in the world have, during wars, simply gained or lost territory. That has been normal procedure since the existence of mankind on earth.

Arab-Palestinians are not really concerned about lost territory, but their declared intention is to eradicate the State of Israel. Therefore, Israel’s generous accommodation for Arab-Palestinians is most unusual. Here we may quote the Old Testament: “If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee” (Proverbs 25:21-22). The New Testament confirms this: “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:20-21).

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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