We can’t let terror win! During the past days, I have seen a shift in world opinion with regard to the current operation of the IDF in the Gaza Strip. No doubt, the reports coming from Gaza are tragic and difficult to digest. The reality is that no one enjoys pictures of dead children and families who have lost their homes. What makes this tragedy even more difficult are all the rumors and misinformation behind the photos and reports. My intention in this blog is not to open a heated discussion about who is “right” in this war. However, no one can argue the fact that there is a strong bias against Israel throughout the world (which began long before this current operation started almost four weeks ago…) People need to know the facts and get them right; sadly, the majority of these dead children, and homeless families are the result of being used by Hamas as human shields. Hamas has launched over 2,670 rockets into Israel in over 5 weeks (even during the Humanitarian Cease Fire agreement), and leaves Israel with no other choice but to protect its citizens from this indiscriminate killing spree. The painful reality is that in war, innocent civilians die as well. The IDF is facing an impossibly hard reality, and some of the Israeli soldiers have lost their lives when choosing not to shoot a terrorist in order to protect women and children around him.
I started this entry with the words, “We can’t let terror win!” and my hope is that you will take action against the direction the world is taking nowadays with regard to Israel and the operation which is talking place at the moment.
Last week, I was informed that my flight from the USA to Israel was canceled due to the current conflict, and in fact, most of the world airlines with the exception of El Al, Arkia Israeli Airline, as well as British Airways, cancelled their flights to Israel. As of today, all airlines – except Korean Airlines – have renewed their flights to Israel. At first, I was stunned that after only two weeks of war, these airlines cancel all flights to Israel. What about flying to the Ukraine, Syria and Egypt, all of which are embroiled in wars far deadlier and more violent than that of Israel and Gaza? And as for Korean Airlines, the threat from North Korea is far greater than Israel! While the airlines and the FAA may blame the situation, the reality is that right after the airlines’ announcement, the international pressure on Israel for an immediate unconditional cease-fire immediately intensified … terror won!
I finally returned to Israel on Thursday night of last week, and not long after, I got the news that a friend was critically wounded in Gaza. On Friday morning, I went to visit him in the hospital, and then in the evening, my family and I visited around 190 people that Hope for Israel relocated from the war zone to safe shelter. That night after coming home and putting the kids to bed, I got the news that another friend’s son was injured and was entering surgery to remove shrapnel from his body. So, come Saturday morning, I was on my way to yet another hospital to be with yet another family suffering the trauma of this situation.
But that, unfortunately, was not the worst of it. During this past week, I went to visit and comfort friends of mine from my kibbutz whose 20-year-old son was killed in Gaza. So many painful memories of losing many close friends during my time in the IDF came flooding back. While at the kibbutz, I met with a close family member whose husband is serving in Gaza. She has two very young children (ages 2 and 7 months), and it pained me to see them struggle as they think their Dad simply went to work for a long time, and can’t understand the reason he can’t talk to them or come home.
The following day, I returned to the families of the communities that we relocated, to listen to their struggles, as well as try to encourage them. There I saw weary families who left their homes near the Gaza Strip over three weeks ago, who have no idea when they will be able to return, under what conditions they will be now be living due to the reality of Hamas’ terror tunnels, and whether they will even have a house to go back to. I saw children who simply don’t understand why can’t they go back home, why their moms cry and why their dads worry so much.
And the world…the world is heavily pressuring Israel to stop – to stop protecting its citizens while Hamas enjoys virtually no condemnation from the international community. Their “armed struggle” is justified by the world because Israel doesn’t even deserve to exist; the price of a dead Israeli, the “aggressor”, means nothing; the threat of attacks on citizens of a sovereign country via tunnels or rockets means nothing; the fact that Israel is defending itself from an enemy who has sworn itself to bring about her complete destruction does not matter. The world is being blinded by the evil one, as the Bible foretold. These are definitely times in which we need to be alert and awake!
My brothers and sisters, my heart’s sincerest desire in these times is that, as you see and read the truth, you will be inspired to take a stand! Don’t just take a stand for Israel; take a stand for the TRUTH and His Word! And do not cease to pray for all who do not yet know Messiah – Jew and Arab alike – as these times make us all more aware that tomorrow is not promised to anyone and we grow closer to meeting our Creator with each day.
God bless you and all of Israel!
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