(Washington, D.C.) – Early this morning, the Israeli security cabinet voted to accept Egypt’s cease fire proposal. Hamas leaders responded by firing a barrage of 47 rockets at Israel just as the Israelis stopped their combat operations.
Egypt proposed a cease-fire between Israeli and Palestinian militant forces in Gaza to go into effect on Tuesday, July 15th. Senior Israeli government sources say Hamas’ rejection clears the way for Israel to launch new attacks against the terrorists in Gaza. They also say it provides broad international legitimacy for Israel’s defensive efforts because Israel is being seen by world leaders as reasonable while Hamas is clearly the aggressor.
Netanyahu has ordered Israeli air strikes to recommence. Now the question is whether he and his security cabinet will decide a major ground operation is necessary and wise.
Yaakov Amidror, a former national security adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, states that Hamas still has almost 90 percent of their rocket supply left.
Ron Proser, Israeli ambassador to the U.N., explained the difference between Israel’s actions and Hamas’ tactics. “Israel is using precision strikes to avoid harming civilians, but Hamas is exploiting our concern for human rights by hiding in Palestinian homes, schools and mosques and using a Palestinian hospital as the headquarters,” Proser told CBN News.
Netanyahu warned the operation to rid Hamas of its ability to fire rockets may take a long time.Some analysts believe Israel’s military campaign also sends a signal to Iran. The IDF’s massive air campaign may be showing Tehran, it is capable of mounting the same kind of large-scale air campaign necessary to destroy its nuclear infrastructure. While Western leaders might be willing to tolerate a nuclear Iran, Israel knows the Islamic Republic, with its nuclear weapons, poses an existential threat to the Jewish state.
We are praying Psalm 35 for Israel and the people. Please keep praying for an effective end to the conflict soon. Pray especially for those Palestinian families in Gaza who have been traumatized by Hamas’ rocket war, and are caught in the crossfire. Continue to pray for calm to be restored soon – so much pain and so much damage has been caused by this latest conflict so far.
Prophetic implications of today’s Israeli-Arab conflict:
Many of today’s top Bible scholars believe the present Israeli–Arab conflict is the conflict outlined in Psalm 83, and is the war which precedes Ezekiel 38 & 39; the coming Russian-Iranian led confederate invasion of Israel commonly called the Gog of Magog Invasion. The reason Psalm 83 is distinguished as a separate prophecy is that the Arab nations are largely absent from Ezekiel 38. Psalm 83:7 refers to the inhabitants of Tyre – who appear to be today’s Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon. Today’s conflict has been underway since 2006, involving Arab Palestinians, Hamas, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Syrians, Saudis, Al-Qaeda, and Jordanians. Bible prophecy indicates that Israel’s borders will be enlarged, its prosperity will increase, and its national stature will be enhanced. Israel will ultimately become a superpower in the MidEast. This will eventually provoke Russia and Iran to lead another coalition of nations who will come from the north to take a spoil, (Ezekiel 38:10-17).
Note: Hamas and Hezbollah are proxy terrorist armies of Iran. Syria supports Iran by getting rockets and supplies to both terror groups.
Compiled by Ruth Schofield
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