Thursday, January 8, 2009

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

I have listened to the news of the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. I always get annoyed at the way our media generally portrays the Israelis as civilian killers.

What they don't tell you:

  1. Hamas "soldiers" do not wear uniforms.

  2. They do not come out to fight, instead they hide amongst the civilians, causing the civilian casualties to be higher.

  3. They do not fear death because their religion tells them that if they die in fighting the infidel (anyone who is NOT Muslim--including the good old USA), they will achieve higher levels of Heaven and get more virgin wives. It's a little difficult to fight someone who is not afraid of death. Scare tactics don't work! A large part of traditional warfare is based on fear. (We've learned this the hard way in Iraq and Afghanistan.)

  4. They DO NOT want territory, they've been offered that and turned it down.

  5. They DO NOT want peace.

  6. They DO want the death of all Jews. This is the only thing that will make them happy.

  7. There are Israeli Arabs who enjoy the same freedoms as the Isreali Jews.

I get frustrate when I hear people say that Israel does not want peace. When we went to Israel, my heart was broken by just how badly the Jewish people DO want peace. Who wouldn't? Can you imagine living your life in constant fear of being attacked? Because a Jordanian soldier shot into a crowd of children on a field trip, it is now law that an adult with every school group must have a gun. You see school groups and there will be a teacher, Rabbi, etc. with the group with a machine gun of some sort thrown over their shoulder. This is a fact of life for them. You see a military presence almost every where you go. (I did not feel in danger, though when we were in Isreal in 2007.) They must constantly be ready for attack. After visiting Israel and realizing how small of a country it is and it is literally surrounded by countries that would like nothing better than to see their demise, I am amazed at the patience and restraint that Israel shows! I don't think that we as a nation would put up with another country shooting rockets at us!

One Jewish lady begged me to tell everyone here in the US that they do want peace and "please don't let them forget the Holocaust." The Jewish people have been a people much persecuted.

Here is a link to a video a friend sent me that explains what is going on between Israel and Hamas. It is about 5 minutes long. There are some graphic pictures.

Psalm 122:6-8

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.7 Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.8 For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.

Please pray for the peace of Israel. Many times God has promised to bless those that bless Israel and curse those that curse Israel. Pray also that our government will continue to support Israel and stand by them.

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