Over the past week, more terror tunnels originating in the Gaza Strip were discovered. Almost immediately after Israel destroyed 33 terror tunnels in the Gaza Srip in 2014, Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists began re-building them.
Just last week, the UN announced that a terror tunnel was discovered under one of their schools in the Gaza Strip. Hamas is notorious for building tunnels and storing weapons in places such as schools, hospitals and mosques because they know Israel will not attack those places. Yet, what did the UN do upon finding the tunnel? Sanction the Palestinians? Destroy the tunnel? Arrest the militants responsible? No…they did nothing.
A couple days later, the IDF discovered a terror tunnel leading into Israel, very near a Jewish community. The Islamic Jihad-constructed tunnel was blown up on the Israeli side of the border. However, apparently due to explosives stored in the tunnel by terrorists, additional explosions caused the death of at least 7 Palestinians (two high-ranking commanders).
(UPDATE: The death toll has risen to at least 14 killed in the tunnels. Also, the IDF has discovered many more tunnels which have not yet reached the Israeli border. Once they do, Israel has vowed to destroy those tunnels as well.)
That has resulted in…you guessed it…accusations against the “bloodthirsty” Israelis for “trying to bend the will of the oppressed people of the occupied territories to guarantee its security by killing Palestinian youths.” (According to Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi)
Indeed, the mindset continues to be that terrorist organizations may perpetuate violence and destruction, hide weapons behind human shields and infiltrate Israel with ambitions of kidnapping and killing Jews; while Israel is the big bully for destroying the jihadists’ means of terror.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated, “Today, we detected a tunnel and destroyed it, and we will continue to do so… We will continue to protect Israel’s borders.” While Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said, “I think the message is clear to all. We will not tolerate breaches of Israeli sovereignty… This proves that, despite Palestinian unity, the Gaza Strip remains a terrorist kingdom and, for us, there is no doubt Hamas, which controls Gaza, is responsible.”
So, the beat goes on. How long can the tiny nation hold off those who desire their destruction? We don’t know. But what we DO know is that God has vested interest in protecting His chosen land and His chosen people! He will ensure Israel’s survival, even to the degree that, ultimately, He will step in on their behalf and put an end to the evil perpetrated against them.
Keep looking up, my friends! Our time is short and our Lord will take us (believers) out of here before showing up on the scene to rescue His people! Are you ready?