Hamas Has Taken Gaza Back To The Stone Age

“Praise be to the Lord who has not let us be torn by their teeth.” Ps. 124:6 

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HAMAS HAS TAKEN GAZA BACK TO THE STONE AGE: As Hamas continues to exploit protests to foment violence against Israel, finding a way to help the people of Gaza in any meaningful way becomes more and more challenging. Israeli has deep concerns about “the idea of swarming across the barrier, a mass of tens of thousands of people too numerous for Israeli soldiers to arrest or even to shoot.” They cite an Israeli colonel’s explanation that the protesters are “trying to infiltrate into Israel, damage our infrastructure and kill Israelis,” and that Hamas leader Ismail Radwan urged protestors not to fear death, but instead to welcome martyrdom. Many blame Israel, Egypt and/or the Palestinian Authority for the situation in Gaza. Let’s get real about this – Hamas, and its enablers, such as Iran, are squarely to blame for the desperate situation in Gaza. Hamas has consistently put its own destructive priorities above those of Gaza’s weary and increasingly desperate population.

The Israelis have indicated that they want to do more to help the people of Gaza, if they could be assured that additional items they allow into Gaza will not be repurposed into weapons or used to build tunnels to attack Israel. Israel might choose to ease restrictions on travel, if it can be assured that those who are crossing into and through Israel will not commit acts of terrorism or smuggling weapons or cash to be used for terrorism. Egypt could also do more to help the people of Gaza, but Egypt shares the same legitimate security concerns as Israel. Additionally, deep and pervasive donor fatigue has set in. No one wants to spend money building and rebuilding, only to find what they built is damaged or destroyed in yet another conflict. Hamas has managed to bring the people of Gaza nearly back to the Stone Age. What an embarrassment, what a desolation, what a failure. (J.Post)

59 RIOTERS DEAD, HUNDREDS WOUNDED AS CLASHES ON GAZA BORDER HEAT UP: Fifty-nine Arab rioters were killed and hundreds more were wounded Mon.14 May 2018, after clashes erupted along the Gaza-Israel border ahead of the opening ceremony for the new USA embassy in Jerusalem. Rioters threw stones and burning tires at Israeli soldiers stationed along the border to prevent infiltrations into Israeli territory. Israeli security personnel opened fire on stone-throwers and rioters who approached the Israeli security fence. More than 40,000 Gazans gathered at the border with Israel as part of the demonstrations. Seventy-nine Gaza rioters have been killed since the beginning of the riots, dubbed the “March of Return”, on 30 March 2018. The mass-demonstrations kicked off six weeks of violent clashes along the Israel-Gaza border, culminating in a massive “Nakba Day”. Nakba, Arabic for “disaster”, is the term used by Hamas and other anti-Israel groups in the Palestinian Authority and Gaza in reference to the anniversary of Israel’s establishment. Monday 14 May 2018 marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel. Hamas leaders called on the rioters to break through Israel’s security fence along the Gaza border and infiltrate into Israeli territory en masse. Hamas posted pictures and maps on social media showing the shortest routes from the border fence to nearby Israeli communities if protesters managed to breach the security fence. (INN) “Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us.” Isa. 8:10

NETANYAHU DEFENDS USE OF DEADLY FORCE IN GAZA, SAYS HAMAS PUT “CHILDREN INTO THE LINE OF FIRE": Israeli PM Netanyahu on Tues. 15 May 2018 defended the military's use of lethal force against Palestinians during anti-Israel protests along the Gaza border. In an interview with "CBS News" the prime minister said Palestinians put children in the line of fire. I don't know of any army that would do anything differently if you had to protect your border against people who say, 'We're going to destroy you, and we're going to flood into your country. You try other means. You try non-lethal means, and they don't work, so you're left with bad choices. It's a bad deal and unfortunately these things are avoidable. If Hamas had not pushed them there, then nothing would happen. Hamas holds responsibility for doing this, and they're deliberately doing it." Nearly 60 Palestinians were killed during the previous day's mass protest, which came on the same day the USA officially moved its embassy to Jerusalem. Netanyahu put the blame for the death toll on Hamas, which controls Gaza. “They're pushing civilians, women, children into the line of fire with the view of getting casualties," said Netanyahu "We try to minimize casualties. They're trying to incur casualties in order to put pressure on Israel, which is horrible." (CBS)

RESPONSIBILITY FOR GAZA DEATHS 'SQUARELY WITH HAMAS,' WHITE HOUSE SAYS: The deaths of 59 Gazan protesters along Israel's border are "tragic," but ultimately the responsibility of Hamas – not Israeli defense forces, the Trump administration said on Mon.14 May 2018. Riots in the coastal strip flared on Monday in response to the opening of a new USA embassy in Jerusalem. Israelis say the ancient city is their undivided capital, and will remain so; but Palestinians insist on having a capital of their own in its eastern districts in the event of a two-state solution to the conflict. The White House has blamed Hamas, a terrorist organization that governs the Strip, for stoking violent protests against Israel that have goaded Israeli security forces. "We believe that Hamas as an organization is engaged in cynical action that is leading to these deaths," Raj Shah, a deputy press secretary at the White House, told reporters. "The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas."

Danny Danon, Israeli Ambassador to the UN, has called on the Security Council to condemn Hamas. He said, “Not only does Hamas incite tens of thousands of Palestinians to breach the border and hurt Israeli civilians, but Hamas also deliberately endangers Palestinian civilians. The murder of Israeli civilians or deaths of the people of Gaza – each one of them is a desirable outcome for Hamas." Danon concluded, “Every casualty on the border is a victim of Hamas’ war crimes, every death is a result of Hamas’ terror activity, and these casualties are solely Hamas’ responsibility.” (J.Post/Ynet) Intercede for the protection of Israel's southern borders from Palestinian violence and infiltration. Pray also that the foreign media outlets will not twist what are clearly murderous intents and violent acts on the part of the Palestinians, and make it seem as though it is all Israel’s fault. This is the normal pattern in so many anti-Israel press reports.

‘IRAN’S BEEN HIT HARD’: Former Deputy Chief of Staff and National Security Council head Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Uzi Dayan spoke in a media interview about Israel's actions against Iran in Syria and the nuclear program exposed by the Israeli Mossad. Regarding Iran's atomic archive exposure, Dayan says "Iran's taken a heavy blow because it's escalated the situation. The whole world knows they're liars and have been all along; everyone understands they're trying to achieve nuclear weapons, why else are they building ballistic missiles? If Iran has nuclear weapons, all the problems of the Middle East and Europe will remain and some will worsen. No one will deal with those who export terror and revolution, and who has a nuclear umbrella behind all that. What we need is to continue to define the clear lines in Syria so it won't become an Iranian outpost." Dayan also refers to the Gaza situation and the repeated "marches of return" towards the fence, saying the intensity of the conflict depends on Hamas: "Israel in the southern and northern arena is not making moves to deteriorate the situation. The purpose of the war in Gaza should not be to 'deal a strong blow to Hamas' but to topple its regime." (INN) Intercede that Gaza’s ruling terrorist party, Hamas, will indeed be overthrown and new leaders with a vision to build and co-operate with its neighbors will be established.

MICHAEL OREN: USA EMBASSY MOVE WILL REVERBERATE AROUND THE WORLD: The USA decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem will have ramifications that stretch much further than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and former ambassador to the USA Michael Oren predicted Mon. 14 May 2018. Oren said: “It’s important to keep sight of the global ramifications of what is going to happen today. The fact that the president of the United States made a promise to move his embassy – he did it in the face of often brutal opposition from the international community, from the media, from within the USA as well – the fact that he did this will have reverberations around the world.” Oren said: “The North Koreans will take note, the Russians will take note, everybody will take note. It’s not just about moving the embassy to Jerusalem, it’s about America’s credibility and ability to influence world affairs, and that is perhaps the greatest significance of today.” (J.Post)

NAFTALI BENNETT: ‘WE WILL NEVER EVEN DISCUSS DIVIDING JERUSALEM’: Israel's minister of education and minister of diaspora affairs, Naftali Bennett said this week that the inauguration of the USA Embassy in Jerusalem is the start of a new era, one in which the international community's relationship is based on reality and fact, not fantasy and fiction. “At the most basic level, it states what has been obvious to Jews for thousands of years: Jerusalem is, has been and will always be the capital of the Jewish people. Israel named Jerusalem its capital in December 1949. By moving its embassy to Jerusalem, the United States is making a statement: Israel is no longer a second-class country whose capital isn't recognized by the world. By acknowledging Jerusalem as our capital, President Trump has given us the dignity all other nations have enjoyed. Even though Israel has long made clear that Jerusalem is its capital, we have been disrespected and our decision ignored. Today, that starts to change. (Washington Post)

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