Peace is always more of a hope than a reality in the Middle East and after a turbulent Spring around Israel there has been relative peace for a number of months – however, there is tension rising in Jerusalem again and it could escalate out of control at any point.
In the last month there has been a number of unprovoked and indiscriminate attacks against Jewish people in Israel. The boldness of these attackers is alarming, their aim is to cause as much suffering as possible with no thought of their own life. They are brainwashed with the ridiculous idea that they will be rewarded in heaven for killing as many Jews and Christian’s just before their own death.
This phase of activity has already being called the third intifada by some people as the number of attacks has increased. As recent history shows from the two past intifadas (1987-1991 and 2000-2005) we know they can be started by the smallest incident. The Israeli leadership has no choice but to take firm and decisive action to abate these attacks and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed a “harsh response”.
Tensions are rising rapidly and could spiral into chaos at any moment! We know there is a large spiritual element to all this rage but the near future is looking very ominous from the recent trend of attacks:
22 October – A Palestinian man plows his car into a crowd of people waiting at a train station in Jerusalem. A 3-month year old girl and one woman were killed along with several other people injured.
29 October – Rabbi, Yehuda Glick, was seriously wounded after a drive-by shooting in Jerusalem. The gunman on a motorcycle intentionally targeted Yehuda, who is a prominent campaigner for greater Jewish access to the Temple Mount, shooting him 4 times.
5 November – A Palestinian man rams his van into pedestrians in central Jerusalem killing 2 (one who was a police officer) and injuring many others. The driver, after hitting the pedestrians, got out of his van with an iron bar and started hitting cars and residents.
10 November – Two Israelis stabbed in separate incidents. One Israeli Defence Force soldier in Tel Aviv, the other a woman in the West Bank. Both attacks are reported to have been perpetrated by Palestinians.
16 November – A Jewish man was stabbed in the back with a screwdriver in Jerusalem by a reported Arab man.
18 November – Two Palestinians storm a synagogue in Jerusalem in a horrific attack, with knives, axes and guns they killed 5 Israeli’s. Can you imagine the level of international condemnation if the IDF attacked Muslims while they were worshiping in a mosque – considering the brutality of this attack and the fact that this atrocity was committed inside a synagogue.
Although all these attacks have been in Israel, there have been other attacks during this time against Jewish people in different countries (e.g. Belgium and New York).
The reaction we see from the Palestinian leaders is one of celebration! Hamas leaders launch campaigns to promote more violence against Jewish people and congratulate the perpetrators! Images are spread on social media images glorifying these attacks and encouraging more…
…imagine the international uproar if this was the other way around with Israeli people promoting this type of propaganda!
Although is this no real surprise, it is amazing that the media does not report any of this propaganda! More often they fail to even report the facts evenly and honestly!
The media’s bias against Israel deliberately conditions the mainstream public into thinking Israel is the guilty party! Understanding Israel and God’s prophetic plan in these end times is critical for spiritual discernment when reading or watching news reports.
We need to pray that this uprising stops and our government will be vocal in criticism of these attacks. Also, let’s pray that our national media will not be biased against Israel with their reporting – would not it be nice to at least hear our media reporting these attacks in the same way it would report on them if the role of victim and perpetrator was the other way around?! With God anything is possible!
The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. (Zechariah 12:1-3)