Israel’s Perpetual Covenant…
Dear Lovers of Israel,
I write to you from Tel Aviv, Israel, from under a shower of Hamas missiles as Hamas continues to attack Israeli cities and citizens. We hear sirens all over Israel, day and night, as Hamas (recognized as a terror organization by the United States government) continues its attacks on innocent citizens and children with no apparent regret. They aim rockets toward Israeli civilian centers, homes and schools and their goal is to kill as many Jews as possible, no matter the cost or tragedy that befalls the Palestinian people.
Hamas regularly launches their rockets from daycare centers and other places where innocent Palestinians families and children live and use those same locations for storage and rocket factories. How can they do this to their own people? It is because terror groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah and other members of the Al-Qaeda network are not parties to the Geneva Conventions. The bloody attacks in places such as New York, Jerusalem, Bali, Madrid and other cities show that their main motive is to kill civilians. Hamas uses civilians, including children, as human shields and the harm that comes to these human shields is only the fault of Hamas. Hamas builds their military operations in the midst of innocent civilian communities, actions that the world calls war crimes. However, since Hamas does not accept the rules of the Geneva Conventions, it does not acknowledge its own actions as crimes.
Understand that the problem of Hamas’ violent hatred toward Israel does not stem from the previous military conflicts of 1967 or 2012. Hamas’ problem with Israel came the moment the State of Israel was born in 1948, making this problem unsolvable unless their weapon arsenals are destroyed and their hatred toward Israel and the Jewish people is removed. It has now been roughly thirteen years that Hamas has been shooting rockets into Israel and Israelis today again are living under continuous ruthless attacks while the world in its silence demonstrates their lack of concern toward Israel or its people.
Did you know, and can you imagine, that the Palestinian Authority has not paid a debt of $40 million dollars for the consumption of electricity power used by Gaza residents. Yet, because of humanitarian considerations, Israel does not disconnect Gaza residents from their electrical power that they receive from Israel. Israel does not want to add any more suffering to the Palestinians living there. The funds that pour into Gaza could build their future but instead the funds are used to build their rockets. Nevertheless, Hamas continues to try and kill the children of Israel.
There are many theories about Israel being a Goliath and a “force who invades Palestinian land.” It can be discouraging to hear such words of hatred thrown out in the world. Those of us who read the Bible, and know what it says regarding who gave Israel the land, stand firm in our faith and strong in our love for Israel and God’s Word. I do believe in the power of prayer and in God’s Word and I personally have full confidence in the Israeli Army to solve this problem and to bring peace back to our area.
Today, I call upon you to pray for Israel and take a strong stand with her through these difficult days ahead. Join me in my prayers for protection and strength for our Israeli soldiers as they fight against evil and death. Continue to stand with Israel more than ever before, don’t stop being Lovers of Israel, for we know that Israel will prevail because God is on our side. He is faithful to Israel and will be forever. “The Lord appeared from of old to me [Israel], saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
Therefore, this Sabbath like every Sabbath, we gather to celebrate Shabbat and in keeping this commandment, we are reminded weekly of God’s faithfulness and His everlasting love toward the children of Israel. “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.” (Exodus 31:16-17)
Shalom, Shalom to you all!
Mosh Bar Zvi
Founder of LoveIsrael.com