Hashtags. They are popular on social media for finding subject matter. They are also powerful tools for raising awareness on a variety of issues. However, this one that is in the title of this blog post is special as it is powerful. That is because we as believers need to, and are commanded to #StandWithIsrael.
First of all I want to thank my good online friend, and soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces, Hananya Naftali, for sharing a wonderful video the other day after this week’s terror attacks in Israel. You can view it here. In it he explains in a clear and concise way what is going on in Israel right now with all the terrorist attacks. The case is sufficiently made when he states that Israel is not dealing with peacemakers in regards to the Palestinian terrorists. They are dealing with brainwashed jihadists who have only one mission. That mission is, to kill anyone who disagrees with their religion or politics. This especially applies if you are a Jew.
This past week was absolutely horrific in terms of terror attacks in Israel. There was a shooting this week near Otniel of a Rabbi who was killed and his wife and kids seriously injured. Another attack occurred in Netanya where Israeli civilians were stabbed by once again, a Palestinian terrorist. The terrorist was thankfully shot and killed by an armed civilian. Finally, one of the most heartbreaking stories of the week was the 13 year old girl who was asleep in her bed, and was stabbed to death by a 17 year old Palestinian. After the attack, he was shot dead by security guards. All of these attacks have several things in common. The attackers were all Palestinian terrorists, and the target of the terrorists were Jews. These are the facts, and they are indisputable.
Yet, after all these attacks, the left in Israel, the USA, and around the world blamed the Israeli government for failing to arrive at a two state solution. No blaming the crazed terrorists themselves for carrying out murder and chaos, but immediately looked to blame someone or something else for their actions. Even my own government could only muster up an empty condemnation of the attacks, although unlike the past, they actually called it terrorism, instead of “violent extremism”. These attacks actually happened after the bombing of the airport in Turkey, where Secretary of State John Kerry said that such attacks show that, “We are winning the war on terror. This is an act of desperation.” So, based off the news this week in Israel from all these attacks, Israel must be winning in amazing form right?
Of course not. John Kerry’s statement was and is completely ridiculous.
Since September of 2015, stabbing attacks against Jews, or shooting at IDF soldiers, all done by the hands of Palestinians, literally have become a daily occurrence. The Palestinians are not desperate, they are waging a continuous war against Israel. The education curriculum in Palestinian schools is littered with anti-Semitic references, and even showing a map of what is supposed to be Israel, but instead shows it all belonging to Palestine. Kids are taught through kids TV shows and in songs to hate and kill Jews. As my friend Hananya would say, “How can we negotiate with people who are not peacemakers?”
The answer of course is that Israel cannot negotiate with the Palestinians. No one could reasonably expect any country to negotiate with another country, that has ingrained in its culture, nothing but contempt, which includes murdering the other’s citizens, simply because they worship differently than they do. Yet, the United Nations, the United States, and everyone expects, and even demands that Israel continue to tolerate these attacks and “show restraint.” It seems that there is always a double standard when it comes to Jews and Israel.
This past week’s terrorist attacks in Israel show the world clearly that the Palestinians have ZERO interest in negotiating with Israel for a “two state solution.” Consider that on the Temple Mount, young Muslim teenagers have been causing riots by harassing Jewish visitors, and even non Jewish visitors. Yet how did the Israeli government react? They chose to suspend all non-Muslim visits to the Temple Mount until Ramadan was over. Oddly enough, during Ramadan, it is forbidden to do commit sinful acts, one of which is fighting! I guess the Palestinians either are not reading their Quran carefully, or they are and simply do not care and are full of hate. I am going to go with the latter explanation on this one.
As believers in Yeshua, we are told to not fight, because that is not Christ-like. Many tell us, especially non believers and Palestinian sympathizers, that “Whatever happened to ‘turn the other cheek’ like Jesus said?” I will not get into the debate on how this verse is misused here so much, but suffice to say, it is. There are many examples in the Bible where the armies of Israel went to war against those that wanted them dead. The most famous story of David and Goliath tells of a battle against the Philistines, which by the way, the Palestinians to this day are their descendants, where you have the Philistines who worshiped many gods and the Jews who worshiped the One True G-d.
Our L-rd delivered the Philistines into the hands of our people and why? Because the Philistines were a warring nation that did not want peace. That is what they lived for and this is evidenced in the Bible in the following passages.
1 Samuel 17: 33 Sha’ul said to David, “You can’t go to fight this P’lishti — you’re just a boy, and he has been a warrior from his youth!”
G-d knew the enemy that the Jews were facing that day. They did not want peace with the Israelites, but instead wanted their land, their money, and their wives, and if that entailed killing them all, then that was good enough. The Palestinians of today are no different who are brainwashed into killing Jews. They want their land and everything they have!
So enough is enough! It is time as believers that we speak boldly about Israel and get the truth out there. You are not going to see the truth about Israel on the cable news channels. We as believers need to start reading the Israeli newspapers online, and watching the news videos to understand what is going on over there. Even better, hop on a flight and visit the land of Israel and see it firsthand. I did, and it was the trip of a lifetime and deepened my faith more in HaShem. Moreover, I got to see firsthand what goes on in Israel in everyday life.
Israel cannot negotiate with the Palestinians any longer, and this current detente is not helping either. It is time that Israel get tough with the terrorists and send a clear message to them. Americans would never accept people shooting rockets at our country, stabbing and shooting people in the streets, and all because of their religion, and we as believers in Yeshua should not expect Israel to accept that either. This is G-d’s land that He gave to them. It is time to make our voices heard on Israel’s behalf, and let the whole world know that Israel has a right to exist free from violence.
I encourage you on your social media accounts to put in your profile the hashtag #StandWithIsrael to bring awareness to what is going on in that country. It will also show them that you fully support Israel, and her right to exist. You can further support Israel by buying Israeli products. Most importantly, do what the Bible says which is to pray for Israel, that there will be peace.