A Terrorist by Any Other Name :: By Bill Wilson

Missiles flew in the air across the Gaza border toward an Israeli kindergarten, and rioters are trying to violate Israel’s border ostensibly in response to the US recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In reality, US News and World Report reported the attacks had been planned since March; the Jerusalem recognition only inflamed them.

In July 2014, some 300-plus missiles were raining down on Tel Aviv. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed at the time to “intensify even further our attacks on Hamas and other terrorist organizations in Gaza.” Today, Netanyahu is faced with the largest barrage of attacks since then, and it’s coming from the same people—Hamas and Iranian-sponsored terrorists.

In 2005, Netanyahu pleaded with Israeli leadership to end the disengagement plan of evicting Jews from Gaza. Netanyahu believed giving up land without concessions is a demonstration that terrorism pays and that Israel’s national security will be forever threatened. He warned that Gaza would become a terrorist base of operations and that 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.”

If ever the so-called “Palestinian People” had an opportunity to demonstrate to the world that it could have a nation living side by side in peace with Israel, it was in Gaza. Instead, they embraced their roots of terrorism, elected the terrorist Hamas to govern, and have been agents of violence ever since.

Netanyahu’s Biblical reference applied not only to Israel, but also the United States, which pressured Israel to give up Gaza for “peace.”

In Ezekiel 12:2, the Lord says, “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.”

Those of that rebellious house are the reason there is a terrorist state living next to Israel.

The US now is trying to reverse the foreign policy of past presidents toward Israel. Instead of being told to stand down, as the past two presidents demanded of Israel when terrorists threatened its borders, the current US Administration is restating that Israel has the right to protect its borders.

The Jerusalem Post quoted an unnamed US National Security Council official saying, “We call on those launching the attacks to cease this destructive violence…we fully support Israel’s right to self-defense.”

Netanyahu is experiencing the consequences of those who refuse to recognize that terrorists don’t want peace; they want total annihilation of the Jews. After more than 20 years, American leadership also is “seeing” that a terrorist by any other name is still a terrorist.