Iron Dome launches an interceptor missile. (photo credit: REUTERS)
Over 150 Palestinian rockets have been launched toward southern Israel over the past couple days. Some were shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, but thankfully, most fell in open territory.
Fortunately, I am not aware of any Israeli casualties, though there have been casualties in Gaza as a result of IDF strikes on multiple military targets. It is believed the son of a senior Hamas commander was killed in one of the airstrikes.
You can follow live updates of the events in Gaza here.
On Wednesday, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum tweeted: “We are delivering on our promise. The resistance accepted the responsibility to even the playing field with the enemy and it is succeeding in doing so.”
Two things to know about the activity near the Gaza border. First, neither Hamas nor the Palestinians in Gaza pose much of a national threat to Israel. The IDF is far better equipped and capable than the Hamas military wing, and, if desired, Israel could wipe out the Gaza Strip in minutes. Hamas is confident Israel will not do that, thus they take advantage of opportunities to terrorize Israel.
Secondly, though Israel is not threatened nationally, the terror endured by Israelis near the Gaza Strip is very real. Most of us cannot imagine being under threat of rockets, fire kites, incendiary balloons, terror tunnels and just sheer terrorism from those who vow to wipe them out. Here is live footage posted by the IDF:
This scenario plays out in various forms in dozens of cities near the Gaza Strip. It is our responsibility to pray for those in need. Why not take a moment right now to pray for those living in targeted areas. Pray, also, for the Lord to thwart the plans of Hamas and others who devise evil plans, intent on destroying the Jewish people.