Mainline media outlets have been conspicuously silent about overt threats to the State of Israel. Together, let’s understand why these recent threats are relevant and should be troubling for Americans and especially those who follow Christ.As you may know, when Israel became a nation again in 1948, a land dispute erupted. To this day, Israelis and Palestinians claim a right to the same land.
For years, conflict resolution strategies have boiled down to how or whether to divide the land between these two peoples. The last peace talks broke down in 2014.
Now, the conflict is heating up again.
The key points of the current situation are as follows:
This past fall Hamas told President Trump it would “wipe out Israel.”
Also several months ago, leaders of Hamas met in Iran prompting concern from U.S. Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt.
Even more recently, Hamas’ leader in Gaza, threated to bomb Tel Aviv.
November 2 marked the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a letter which helped Israel become a nation. Hamas and Palestinian Arabs are called on Great Britain to apologize for the “crime of the Balfour Declaration.”
There is talk that President Trump is close to unveiling an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. While some dismiss the notion, a senior U.S. official told the Times of Israel the U.S. is engaged in “productive dialogue with all relevant parties about an enduring peace deal.”
So why should you pay attention to these threats against Israel? Here are five reasons:
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1. HAMAS (AND OTHER TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS) DON’T WANT PEACE WITH ISRAEL; THEY WANT GENOCIDE.
While versions of the “two-state solution” proposed by various world leaders throughout the years would allow Palestine and Israel to live side-by-side as independent nations, Hamas isn’t interested. According to its 1988 charter, Hamas plans to “obliterate” Israel and raise the “banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine.” In truth, Hamas wants Jewish genocide.
2. CHRISTIANS ARE INDEBTED TO JEWS FOR THEIR SPIRITUAL HERITAGE.
3. ANTI-SEMITISM IS RISING, AND CHRISTIANS NEED TO THINK COUNTER-CULTURALLY.
5. IT WILL HELP YOU KNOW HOW TO PRAY.