“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”
Why must Christians be FOR Israel when they play so dirty?
I have read the verses over and over. God commanding us to support Israel, pray for Israel, honor Israel. But recent news has caused me some alarm. Apparently Israel used illegal white phosphorous gas to bomb Gaza, an area that is made up of 2/3 civilians.
In a recent press release, Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated that the use of white phosphorous in Gaza “violated the requirement under international humanitarian law to take all feasible precautions to avoid civilian injury and loss of life.”
Abrahams voiced strong concern over the usage of white phosphorous in an area like Gaza that not only is highly populated but also lacks the necessary water resources to put out the gas shells whose fire can be difficult to extinguish.
White phosphorous is “highly problematic when used in populated areas, such as Jabaliya. It rains down 116 burning wafers over an area the size of a football field, and those wafers can set civilian structures on fire. They can also burn people. The fire is very hard to put out – you must cut off all the oxygen, such as by emerging it in water, which today in Gaza is in short supply,” Abrahams told MENASSAT(source).
In Deuteronomy 32:10 and Zechariah 2:8, the Lord God calls Israel “the apple of his eye.” But my name, also, is written in the palm of his hand. We are all his favorite. This does not make it acceptable… to me anyway… to use such nasty techniques.
I ended up finding an article after I wrote the first part of this post from CWN.org:
Just prior to the current Gaza conflict, IFCJ founder and president Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein visited Sderot, Israel. He experienced just a small taste of what many Israelis have suffered for eight years.
“That is a missile coming in,” Eckstein said. “You don’t know where it is going to land. The siren goes off which roughly gives you fifteen seconds.”
A rocket launched from Gaza by Hamas terrorists hit just yards from Eckstein and his team. It was a close call for them, but other Israelis have been less fortunate.
“For eight years, families, children elderly people, everyone going to work, to the supermarket, going to school, sending your children on a bus and fearing that siren,” he said. “The time has come when Israel is bringing this to a halt.”
Eckstein says Israelis are counting on America and Christian friends to stand with them at this time–a time when condemnation and international pressure against Israel is intense.
“I believe in the power of prayer, so the first thing I would urge you to do is to pray for the peace of Jerusalem,” he said. “Pray for the brave, young Israeli soldiers
who are out their and fighting, risking their lives today. Pray that there will be little civilian casualties on both sides.”
We pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We are sad to see the violence and suffering as men, women and children are injured and killed on both sides of the conflict. We don’t understand why it has to be this way, nor do we truly know if war is right or wrong. But we pray for justice, your sovereign righteousness, Lord. And at the same time we pray for mercy. For everyone involved we pray, for governments and peoples, militants and terrorists, we ask for your kingdom to come and rule over the land. Protect the soldiers and civilians from bloodshed. May your truth and light shine in the darkness. Where there is only hatred, may your love prevail. Help me as a Christian to support those who you support, Lord, and to bless those who you bless, my God. Bring your salvation to Israel, dear God. Bring your salvation to the whole earth.