While the tenth anniversary of the 7/7 bombings that left a trail of death and destruction across London was rightly remembered with special memorials, few give any thought to the trauma suffered by much of Israel’s population on an almost daily basis.
True, terrorism struck with shocking brutality in France, Kuwait and Tunisia on June 26. And we must not forget the ongoing slaughter of Christians in the Muslim world. But around the same time there were six terrorist attacks in Israel in just eleven days.
And chillingly, just as the deadline approaches for reaching a deal allowing terrorist sponsors Iran to continue their nuclear program, the end of the Muslim fast month of Ramadan will be marked the world over by rallies calling for the destruction of Israel.
Next month will mark the tenth anniversary of the eviction from the Gaza Strip of over 8,000 Jews carried out under pressure from American and other politicians in a so-called ‘Land for Peace’ deal.
But the Jewish state was sold a dummy. Having completed the evacuation amidst much pain and protest from its own people, no such peace was forthcoming.
For in the ten years since the pullout, southern Israel has sustained constant bombardment from the Hamas terrorist group that now controls the enclave, with more than 11,000 rockets leaving much of the population traumatized.
Over five million Israelis are currently living under threat of such attacks. According to latest reports, at least 63 per cent of children in the southern Israeli town of Sderot suffer from post-traumatic stress due mostly to terrorism. Yet Israel is under fire from both media and Western politicians for employing bullying tactics (rather than legitimate self-defence) against those whose ultimate aim is their extinction from the human race.
Few realise that Gush Katif – where Jews built their homes in the strip – was an area of empty sand dunes that was certainly not dominated by Arab Palestinians. But the barrenness was transformed into beautiful communities with multiple fields of greenhouses growing flowers, fruit and vegetables both for local consumption and export.
There are many, including myself, who see a connection between the timing of a series of weather-borne disasters in America and the administration’s repeated attempts to force an unacceptable ‘peace’ deal on Israel. Remember that God has given the land to his chosen people as an everlasting possession, and has warned in his Word (Joel 3.2) that judgment awaits those who divide it!
On August 23, 2005, just as Jews were being evicted from their homes in Gaza as part of the ‘peace’ plan, a seemingly insignificant tropical storm slowly gained momentum in the Atlantic and, defying all forecasts with wind strength ‘off the scale’, struck New Orleans with a vengeance, leaving 10,000 dead and destroying thousands of homes in its wake. It was America’s worst disaster in recorded history.
Eyewitness Geoffrey Grider wrote: “As I saw the thousands of homes destroyed, my mind kept going back to those U.S. ordered bulldozers destroying Jewish homes in the Gaza Strip. As I saw the thousands and thousands of United States citizens being evacuated from their land, my mind could not keep from remembering the Jewish people crying and literally begging to stay in their land. America found no mercy for the Jewish people.”
And, without mercy, Katrina literally ‘bulldozed’ tens of thousands of homes and completely ‘evacuated’ the celebrated city of New Orleans. Hundreds of thousands were left homeless, helpless and hopeless in the greatest ever displacement of US citizens. Around 600,000 jobs were wiped out and estimates put the final bill at over $150 billion.
Yes, the Bible is true: Almighty God is watching over his own special piece of land, and the people he has chosen to inherit it, surrounded as they are by sworn enemies and at greater risk than ever of genocide. We dare not walk on the other side as if this was nothing to do with us! Like the Good Samaritan, we must tend the wounds of the man who has been mercilessly robbed and beaten by the roadside.
It is right to love our own; but we must also love our neighbour – especially those to whom the Bible refers as “the apple of God’s eye”.
For more on this subject, see my latest book, Peace in Jerusalem, available from Amazon & olivepresspublisher.com