Word from Jerusalem – August 2018

From terror tunnels to rocket attacks to fire kites and explosive balloons, Israelis living in the area around the Gaza Strip continue to endure.  This month’s edition of Word from Jerusalem details the response of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.  President Jurgen Buhler shares an interesting fact about Israelis living in that chaotic area:

“On our recent visit to the area, our team was astonished to see the resilience of the local inhabitants. Personally, I was concerned that many people would begin to leave the area, but I was surprised to hear that most communities along Gaza are growing! Kfar Aza, for example, is building housing units for 40 more families to join the community. This represents an increase of 30 percent, a remarkable growth rate for a small border Kibbutz in the midst of troublesome times.”
~Jurgen Buhler, ICEJ President

Other articles include:

  • The Battle for Truth – the eschatological battle between Satan and the Kingdom of God over who controls the airwaves
  • The Journey of Dreams – the return of the lost tribes of Israel
  • Quiet Desperation in Ukraine – the surge of Ukrainian aliyah due to oppression of the Russian government
  • Future Proofing Israel and Reaching the Younger Generations – helping Israel maintain a qualitative edge
  • How Should Christians Respond to Israel’s Calling – 5 Scriptural principals Christians should know

Enjoy those articles and more in this month’s edition.

Report: Egyptian brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel

Seemingly just prior to major Israeli military action, there is news of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. Once more, Hamas pushes Gaza to the brink of all-out war with Israel (in which Gaza would be utterly destroyed), only to have Egypt step in and save the day.

How long can this go on? What are the stipulations of the ceasefire agreement? What should happen the next time a fire kite, incendiary balloon or rocket from Gaza is launched? Those are key questions.

Pray for wisdom and for the evil schemes of Hamas to be thwarted.

Behold Israel

Following 180 rocket attacks from Gaza, ceasefire reportedly reached between Hamas and Israel; IAF confirms it hit over 150 targets in Gaza Strip since Wednesday; IDF: Hamas is responsible and  bears the consequences for the ongoing events.

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Reports surfaced of an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel on Thursday night following the recent two-day flare up of rocket attacks.

The Israel Air Force reported that it struck over 150 targets in the Gaza Strip since Wednesday evening when rocket attacks began. It’s strikes targeted “weapons storage, military compounds, training compounds, a building used by Hamas for military purposes, and terror cells.”

Over 180 rockets were fired at Israel with dozens of injuries and damages reported on southern communities in Israel. Around 30 of the rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome. Rockets hit Be’er Sheva on Thursday, the first rocket attack on the city since Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

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Update from Gaza Border

Lt Col Jonathan is an IDF spokesperson, often providing updates regarding IDF activity.  Here is his latest update from the Gaza border, where Hamas has launched over 150 rockets into Israel over the past two days:

 

There are other reports of troop and equipment movement on Israeli bases.  In addition to airstrikes that have been carried out, it appears the IDF may be preparing for further action.  Let’s pray for wisdom of those planning military exercises, for safety of IDF soldiers and safety for the innocent people in the Gaza Strip.

What is a Palestinian Rocket Attack Like?

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Iron Dome launches an interceptor missile. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Red AlertsOver 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.