An Israeli-Palestinian Contrast

Yesterday morning, a Palestinian terrorist bound and executed two people, just for being Jews.  It was pointless, and so sad for the families who lost loved ones.

That happened in the West Bank.

Thus, it would be somewhat logical to think that Jewish presence in the West Bank is not safe or advised.  But there is a distinct contrast between the idea that Palestinian terrorists are out to kill Jews, and the fact that Jews and Palestinians work peacefully, side-by-side every single day.  It is a striking irony in the West Bank.

Here is a example of what every day life is like in at least one company in the industrial zone of the West Bank.  Watch for yourself, then try to find understanding in the contrast of relationship between Jews and Palestinians.

The Truth about Jewish and Arab Refugees

The US just cut funding to UNRWA and much of the world (particularly the Palestinians) are up in arms.  In fact, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will make a huge issue of it at the UN General Assembly later this month.

But, what is the truth about UNRWA, the UN organization created specifically to deal only with Palestinian refugees?  Here is some insight:

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.

A Look Inside a Hamas Terror Tunnel

Image result for idf cost of terror tunnelOften built of Israeli-donated concrete meant for homes, mosques, hospitals and other infrastructure, Hamas terror tunnels are often quite elaborate, costing millions of dollars.

Despite the terror perpetrated by Hamas, Israel has continued to provide building materials (including cement) to the Gaza Strip in efforts to boost the quality of life for Palestinians.

Unfortunately, leadership in Gaza will not allow its citizens the quality of life they dream of.

Notice the chart above.  For every tunnel constructed, Gaza loses out on 86 homes, 7 mosques, 6 schools or 19 medical clinics.  At $3 million apiece, the 30+ tunnels found by the IDF have cost the Gazan people over $90 million.

Let’s take a quick adventure into one of the recently found terror tunnels:

Friends, are we faithfully praying for innocent civilians in the Gaza Strip?  I hope so.  While the terrorists are out to steal, kill and destroy, many Palestinians simply want to enjoy a better life than what they have under the tyranny and terrorism of Hamas.

Please pray for the Palestinian people…and for the IDF as they have their hands full these days on two different fronts.

Blessings, my friends!