While holiday messages of peace are broadcast everywhere during this time of Christmas and Hanukkah – the sad truth about the Land of Israel is that in spite of a measure of prosperity and growth during this past year, and in spite of the withdrawal of Israeli families from the Gaza Strip, and in spite of the “elections” in Palestinian territories, and in spite of huge financial contributions to the Palestinian Authority from the European Union and the USA, and in spite of a spectacular growth in tourism, and in spite of a resurging “Aliyah” (return) of Jewish families to Eretz Yisrael (even from North America!) – the facts are that terrorism continues and increased threats now happen daily!
As a regular part of the “prayers” offered in Muslim mosques all over the Middle East, the call to prayer now includes a prayer for Allah to destroy the United States of America and to annihilate Israel! This is peace?
During the final days of this year (2005) we have heard and read of the increased hostility of Islamic regimes and terrorist leaders toward Israel. They are arming themselves with more serious and dangerous weapons. The rockets and missiles they now possess are capable of striking deep within Israeli cities and doing extensive damage.
The upheaval continues in the political environment of Israel. Prime Minister Sharon’s recent “mild stroke” is now leading to open heart surgery. His new Kadima party appears to be committed to the “Road Map” that proposes a Palestinian State and a divided Jerusalem. Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is working hard to “clean up” corruption in the Likud Party of which he is now the elected leader. Netanyahu is taking a stand against Sharon’s policies. As a foremost authority on the subject of terrorism (has written an excellent book on the subject) Netanyahu is well aware of what recent policies of the government is causing – an increase in terrorism and a stronger desire to destroy the State of Israel. The situation is a far cry from true and lasting PEACE IN THE HOLY LAND!
Israeli Defense Forces have struck hard and frequently at terrorist strongholds in northern Gaza. The Palestinian Authority is behind a great deal of the recent attacks. Mahmound Abbas was in attendance at a mosque where the prayers for the destruction of Israel and a resuming of the attacks against Israeli citizens and a continual barrage of hatred toward Jewish people (calling them “dogs” and “pigs” and other unmentionable things!) was “preached” to thousands of Muslims. This is worship? This is peace?
Steven Spielberg’s newly-released movie “MUNICH” is quite timely. Though I have not seen the movie as yet, it is the story of the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, when the Israeli athletes were killed by terrorists. I understand that the movie does not mention the “mastermind” behind that terrorist tragedy – it has come to our attention that Abu Mazen or Mahmoud Abbas, the current “President” of the Palestinian Authority was one of the planners of this terrible tragedy. I remember it well. We had a tour to Israel that was completing on that tragic night. We were in Athens and scheduled to fly over the lights of the Olympic Village in Munich – it was advertized on the billboard of the flights from Athens. We had a charter plane of about 250 people. It was scheduled to fly over the Olympic Village at approximately the same early morning hour when the Israeli athletes were killed. We had a passenger on our plane who did not belong to our group. Upon investigation (he had no passport or ticket) of this Middle Eastern man he was discovered that as a terrorist he intended to “blow up” the plane as a diversion that morning. It was quite a night (to say the least)! Seeing the advertisment of the new movie has brought it all back from the memories of the past. It reminds me of the message that the people of Israel need to hear – the LORD GOD of ISRAEL is your strong Defence, Fortress, Protector, and Deliverer! He has NEVER forsaken you, and will NOT cancel His everlasting and unconditional covenant with you and His land!
MAY THE PRINCE OF PEACE RETURN SOON AND BRING PEACE TO THIS VERY TROUBLED WORLD!