The Prophetic Peril of Gaza :: By Bill Wilson

On August 15, 2005, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon began forcibly removing Jewish settlers from their homes in Gaza under what was known as Israeli Disengagement. By September 12, Sharon had unilaterally given up Gaza as a peace offering to the “Palestinians,” who had adopted the slogan “Gaza today, Jerusalem tomorrow.”

On August 15, 2005, The Daily Jot reported: “It is almost chilling to watch the events leading up to Israeli Prime Minister Arial Sharon’s so-called “disengagement” plan as the world pressures Israel to unilaterally give up covenant land for the mere hope upon hope that there might be a semblance of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”

The 8/15/2005 Jot continued: “Former Sharon cabinet member and once Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu pleaded with Israeli leadership last week to end the disengagement plan and to come to its senses. Like many, Netanyahu believes giving up land without concessions is a demonstration that terrorism pays and that Israel’s national security will be forever threatened.

“Certainly Israel’s military understands the significance of Netanyahu’s concerns. Middle East News Line reports that Israel’s military has revised its withdrawal plan to account for a scenario under which the eviction of Jewish residents from the Gaza Strip would be completed amid massive Palestinian fire and heavy Israeli casualties.

“Netanyahu called disengagement an “evil” and urged Members of the Knesset to stop it. He said he has warned the Sharon government that the Palestinians will only use the Gaza land to establish a terrorist base of operations and that the nation of Israel’s defense and security may be undermined by disengagement.

“He said, ‘I am calling on all those who grasp the danger: Gather strength and do the right thing. I don’t know if the entire move can be stopped, but it still might be stopped in its initial stages.’ And he warned, ‘The government is advancing in total blindness. They have eyes but don’t see. They have ears but don’t hear.’”

By June 2006, “Palestinians” were launching missiles from Gaza at civilian targets in Israel.

Fast forward over a decade later and the headlines read: “Clashes erupt along Gaza-Israel border ahead of US Embassy inauguration” and “100,000 Palestinians gather for March of Return from Gaza.” Reports are saying the Hamas-led “Palestinians” want to take Jerusalem and prevent the US from moving its embassy there.

The 2005 Disengagement is a reflection of Jeremiah 6:14, “They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people lightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.”

Netanyahu and others who opposed “Disengagement” 13 years ago look like prophets. Sadly, those who warned of the peril of Gaza at the time are experiencing the consequences of such foolish leadership today.

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