5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Psalm 91
As of this writing more than half of Israel is under attack with over 100 rockets having been launched into Israel by Hamas within a 24 hour period. By definition of any other country, this is an act of war. It seems the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli boys was the tipping point.
July 8th – “During the day, the first Hamas rocket over Tel Aviv was blown up in mid-air by an Iron Dome battery after volley after volley hit southern and central Israel. .
In readiness for attack, public shelters were earlier opened in Tel Aviv, the beaches along the Mediterranean coast. Arrivals and departures of flights at Ben Gurion international and Eilat airports were thrown off schedule by Israeli Air Force sorties against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
The IDF called up another 40,000 reservists Tuesday, July 8, after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered Operation Solid Rock expanded against mounting Palestinian rocket assaults – 100 by mid-afternoon. This was after Israel carried out dozens of air strikes Monday night, culminating during the day in raids that killed five leading Hamas operatives.
It is interesting to note the name of the IDF operation ‘Solid Rock‘. For the Christian, the rock is Christ Himself. 1 Corinthians 10:4
“Hamas also made several attempts to smuggle terrorists into Israel for attacks: The IDF repelled a Hamas naval commando landing on Ashkelon’s Zikkim beach. Another group of terrorists tried to creep into Israel through a tunnel under the Kerem Shalom crossing.”
Hamas has threatened Israel with more pain.
“Directly addressing Israeli citizens, the spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said, “Our people will not give in to your crimes. You will pay a heavy and painful price.” He continued by saying that the rocket attacks from Gaza on southern Israel were a natural response to the “Israeli aggression.”
A broken promise?
Remember from one of the previous papers that Egypt’s head of government Al-Sisi, publicly announced a role in “protecting” Israel’s southern border.
7 When they took hold of thee by thy hand, thou didst break, and rend all their shoulder: and when they leaned upon thee, thou brakest, and madest all their loins to be at a stand Ezekiel 29:7
Is this the beginning of a broken promise from Egypt to protect Israel? Will it lead to the many prophecies of Egypt yet to be fulfilled?
“On the diplomatic front, Israel suffered another letdown when Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi disappointed the hopes Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had vested in him to intercede powerfully with Hamas for a ceasefire. El-Sisi decided that the Israeli-Hamas conflict was a minor episode in regional terms and no real threat to Egypt’s national interests and dropped his role as peace broker. This was a bitter disappointment to Jerusalem. It left Israel facing the Palestinian aggressor alone.”
One thing is for certain:
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep Psalm121:4.