Tensions remain high following a ceasefire ending 11 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Two people died yesterday in a stabbing in East Jerusalem described by Israeli police as an act of terror.
Both Israel and Hamas claim victory following the latest flare-up, the fourth of its kind since Hamas gained power in 2007. The United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is pressing both sides to resume peace talks, which have been tabled for more than a decade.
“We’ve seen things that I never remember and I’ve been going to Israel for 25 years now – open fighting in cities where Arabs and Jews have lived together peacefully for decades,” Uncharted Ministries co-founder Tom Doyle says.
“One of the encouraging signs is that Arab and Jewish pastors are praying together during this time; the body of Christ is coming together. This is a strong message for the [global] body of Christ.”
Physical and spiritual warfare
The conflict between Israel and Hamas is complex and seemingly never-ending. More about that here. Internationally-brokered ceasefires calmed each major flare-up of violence in recent years and prevented regional war, but none addressed underlying issues – leaving tensions to simmer indefinitely.
“In 2014, Hamas attacked Israel in a major way, but this was over months of time. This [latest attack was] over 4,000 rockets in 11 days; this is massive,” Doyle says.
Fighting between Israel and Hamas reflects regional hostilities. On Friday, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh thanked Iran for its support in the latest conflict. “Iran is fueling Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the two major terrorist groups in Gaza. Iran gives them the money to exist and be an agitator to Israel,” Doyle says.
“We’re praying that this does not turn into a regional war.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for lasting peace in the Holy Land.
- Pray onlookers will see Jesus through the unity between Israeli and Palestinian believers.