When Ariel Sharon led an operation inside the Gaza Strip in
1971, that should have finished the matter of Palestinian terrorism. The Israel
Defense Forces, including elite commando units, rooted-out PLO/Fatah and calm
prevailed there for some time. Of course, any time in the last decades when Israel was not vigilant militarily in Gaza, chaos reigns.
Besides the military/terror threat to
emanating from that cesspool, there has been a steady campaign to take away Israel’s
legitimacy from the area. Up until the time of the painful withdrawal of
thousands of Jewish citizens in Gaza
communities in 2005, it was being said that the Jews had no historical claim to
the area, anyway.
Wrong. Of course.
The place is promised to the tribe of Judah eternally by
our Creator. Look at a map in the back of your Bible; there you’ll see the
inheritance. Samson was from Gaza. The region is part of the Land of Israel.
Needless to say, this is a laughingstock in our culture
today, this idea. “Greater Israel” is an idea that has been discredited by
scholars, politicians, media figures, even Christian leaders! The History
Channel, newsmagazines (propaganda rags), and even Christian publications
constantly attempt to marginalize Israel, in order to shrink her geographically.
Rockets are fired from Gaza every day into Israel. The
world is silent. Now, Israel is forced to contemplate another venture into Gaza,
into the teeth of millions of angry Muslims. Hamas now has a 16,000-man virtual
army, with sophisticated equipment and 50 miles of tunnels for the carrying of
ammunition and weaponry.
It is supremely ironic that Sharon himself carried out the
withdrawal from Gaza over three years ago. No one knows the terrain of the
country better than “The Bulldozer.” Sharon fought in all Israel’s wars and was
staunchly committed to her security. Then, for reasons known only to him, it was
decided that no Jew would live in Gaza; the hothouses and homes and farms would
be abandoned, left to a sick enemy.
Sharon now lies in the twilight of a coma that has finally
taken his 80-year-old body. He knows nothing of the chaos fostered by Hamas.
Yet Sharon, reviled by so many Jewish and Christian
Zionists, rescued his people time and again before beginning his fateful
premiership. His political heirs, Ehud Olmert and Tzipi Livni, have bungled
Israel’s deterrent ability and now her enemies sit in the night, licking their
lips in anticipation of finally defeating the “Zionist Entity.”
You know the situation must be dire when lame-ducks like
Olmert and Livni mull a military operation.
But here I would caution my pro Israel friends not to judge
too harshly. Even if Bibi Netanyahu wins the February elections (and indications
are that he will), even the only strong leader Israel has will be tested like
few can comprehend.
None of us know or understand even a little the intense
international pressure brought to bear on Israeli leaders, whenever her satanic
enemies threaten to wipe her out.
Notice, though, this irony that cannot be mere historical
A decade ago, when Netanyahu was prime minister, his
“equal” in the White House was none other than that good Southern Baptist boy,
Bill Clinton. The latter schemed against Netanyahu for three years, harming
Israel’s security and bolstering the terrorists like Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and
Hezbollah. Squeezing Israel is always a favorite pastime for diplomats and the
morally bankrupt leaders we’ve suffered under.
We had a strong Israeli leader paired with a weak American
When George Bush took office, he dealt with Sharon and
Olmert, who led the disastrous expulsion from Gaza and war in Lebanon in 2006.
(Of course, my premise here is predicated on the idea that Bush was a “strong”
A strong American president versus incompetence in
Now that Bibi stands on the edge of the prime minister’s
chair again…we have Barack Obama entering the Oval Office.
The pendulum swings again: a strong Israeli leader opposite
a president who is either naïve or dangerous.
Is this coincidence, that we humans can’t get two leaders
together who can finally put an end to the seemingly eternal war between the
Palestinians and the Jews?
It is no coincidence. Time and again in the Bible, which is
all true, God tells us that He alone will save His people. Man cannot save
himself. He can only destroy himself. God will protect Israel and He doesn’t
need the right combination of principled leaders in high places.
How marvelous to see yet again the intervening Hand of the
Creator of the Universe. What doesn’t make sense to the world — an inability to
solve the Arab-Israeli crisis — makes perfect sense to the person who
understands reality, which is found in the Bible. It is as I always say: “If the
Bible were true, what would you expect to see in the real world today?”
You would expect not peace or the dominionism of a Rick
Warren, who believes man can usher in a glorious earth for the Messiah. You
would expect chaos and strife and utter failure in the diplomatic community.
This is exactly what we see, as we grieve in a way over the
mess of Gaza, but look forward to the glorious
conclusion brought by the Prince of Peace, who will come with His own brand of
Gaza will have peace, not
when it is emptied of Jews, but when they return for good.