By now you would have seen the news that the Hamas regime launched a cowardly and criminal attack against innocent, defenceless women and children on Saturday morning.
The war against Israel is just that. There is no nuance or complication. Hamas are demon-possessed terrorists who hate Jews and are simply trying to kill as many Jews as possible.
The stateless Arabs in Gaza & the West Bank are descendants of refugees of an Arab war against Israel who were abandoned by Arab aggressors who lost their assault on Jews in their ancient homeland. They are the pitiable victims of Arab hostilities traceable as far back as Ishmael’s sons.
The Arab casualties of the impending Israeli response are as much victims of Arab terrorists as are the grandmothers, women & children being brutalised in their homes.
I stand with Israel. All calls for “restraint” are wicked & hostile to Jews under attack from an enemy who will never seek or accept offers of peace. Hamas are sociopathic murderers beyond rehabilitation or redemption. There is only one answer to their unmitigated evil – fury.
Here is the official response from infamously anti-Semitic Labor’s Senator Penny Wong, followed by a righteous response from Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
Australia unequivocally condemns the attacks on Israel by Hamas including indiscriminate rocket fire on cities & civilians.— Senator Penny Wong (@SenatorWong) October 7, 2023
We call for these attacks to stop & recognise Israel’s right to defend itself.
Australia urges the exercise of restraint & protection of civilian lives.
Australia stands with our friend Israel in this time.— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) October 7, 2023
We condemn the indiscriminate and abhorrent attacks by Hamas on Israel, its cities and civilians.
We recognise Israel’s right to defend itself.
There can be no equivocation. There can be no second-guessing whatever Israel does next. International pressure and severe sanctions should be applied to all neighbouring Arab nations to resettle the refugees from the many displaced Arab people from the wars they waged against Israel, who will again soon be homeless care of Arab hatred and bloodlust for Jews.
Israel has long welcomed Arabs into it’s police, military and even Parliament. Arabs can integrate into Israel, but it is beyond absurd anyone should expect Jews to live within easy reach of sociopaths like Hamas. Hamas must be ended with extreme prejudice.
Here’s some of what Amir Tsarfarti explained about the unprecedented war crimes against Jews in Israel.
The border fence was breached and, in places, completely torn down. More than a thousand terrorists began pouring through the holes, some in cars and trucks, many on motorcycles. They came to hunt Jews.
One of the first groups they found were the young people at the rave. The terrorists surrounded the partygoers and opened fire. More than 260 were slaughtered. Others were rounded up and taken back into Gaza as hostages. Meanwhile, in the towns and kibbutzim along the border, families were waking up to pounding on their doors. When they answered, they were murdered in cold blood. Once again, many others were kidnapped back across the border.
Once the gunfire began, the first responders were police, firefighters, and EMTs. Many of them were killed as they tried to defend the innocent civilians. Where was the military response? First, as we saw earlier, the border echelon of communication was severed. Second, when rockets were fired in the past, it was often a ruse to mask terrorists attempted to cross into Israel from Lebanon in the north. Thus, many of the special military units were heading in the wrong direction.
It took four hours for the military to mount a concerted response, which was eventually dubbed Operation Iron Sword. By that time, the carnage was devastating. Bodies of Jewish civilians littered the streets. A still unknown number were kidnapped and taken hostage into Gaza. Women, children, the elderly, no one was spared the violence of these Palestinian criminals. Not since the Holocaust have we seen so many Jews rounded up, beaten, and humiliated in public. And never before has it happened within the borders of modern Israel. Eventually, once the tide of battle had turned, the terrorists fled back into Gaza.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) followed them in. Hamas members, from the top leaders down to the soldiers, were targeted, as were their headquarters, warehouses, and homes. This is all part of a three-level response by the Israeli military. The first level is to purify Israel of all terrorists. Anyone who crossed the border as part of this attack and is still in Israel needs to either be arrested or killed. The second level is to take from Hamas and other terrorist organizations that threaten Israel all their military capabilities. To accomplish this, Israel’s government has invoked Article 40 of the Basic Laws, which amounts to a declaration of war. Last time Article 40 was used was in 1973 for the Yom Kippur War. This will allow the IDF to use all air, ground, and naval forces to accomplish this feat.
Moving forward, Israel must restore deterrence, whether it’s based on respect for the strength of our military or the personal fear of each potential terrorist as they consider what might happen to them, their family, and their home if they join in with the jihadists. Along with that, Israel must eliminate Hamas. To do so, the IDF must stop caring what the world will say and what the media will say. The gloves must come off.
Saturday was Israel’s 9/11. Already more than 700 Israeli bodies have been found. I expect the number to reach at least 1000 in the coming days. More than 2000 are wounded, many of them critically. My prayer is that this horrific event will somehow bring unity to my very fractured country. I also hope that as other nations surround us and support us, it will bring greater peace to Israel. But, because I know Scripture, I understand that any strides forward will be short-lived. Israel is bound to face growing violence as the days progress.
This report is from the day of terror by a pastor in Sderot, the near Gaza border in Israel’s South:
I was supposed to wake up at 6:30 for scheduled morning prayer, but the Lord woke me up at 6:00. At 6:20 missile attacks began. Around 6:40 for the first time of our life here, in Sderot we heard “Allah Akbar” yelling and shots of automatic weapons outside. Our kids were in panic, and we sat in the shelter room.
After 15-20 minutes I received horrible photos with the terrorists driving and walking down our streets shooting at people, cars, and at the windows of residential buildings. On our street, literally meters away from our building, a bus stopped to let people out, so they could run to the shelter place. Unfortunately the pick-up truck with Hamas terrorists was passing by at the same time and they opened fire, several people were murdered instantly. Same was happening in other neighborhoods. Then our soldiers came and started to go building by building including ours, searching for terrorists hiding inside. The info came that they might be hiding in the supermarket in front of us and this is when my wife got a panic attack, first time in her life.
Nevertheless we had a Zoom service at 11:00, and started praying. All of a sudden all the shootings calmed down and silence remained for an hour or so. As of right now the counter terrorist activity of our Army continues. There are still a number of terrorists occupying and hiding in the City and surrounding kibbutzes. According to the latest new we have almost a hundred dead and several hundred wounded Israelis-and this is just preliminary numbers. Sadly, it might be the worst and bloodiest attack in the South of Israel since Yom Kippur war of 1973.
Please pray for us and the nation.
“All our enemies have opened their mouths against us. Panic and pitfall have befallen us, devastation and destruction; my eyes run down with streams of water because of the destruction of the daughter of my people. My eyes pour down unceasingly, without stopping, until the LORD looks down and sees from heaven…. I called on Your name, O LORD, out of the lowest pit. You have heard my voice, do not hide Your ear from my prayer for relief, from my cry for help. You drew near when I called on You; You said, ‘Do not fear!’” – Lamentation 3:46-50, 55-57
God bless Israel. God defend Israel. God have mercy on the Arabs who hate Israel.
Dave Pellowe is a Christian writer & commentator, founder of The Good Sauce, convener of the annual Australian Church And State Summit and host of Good Sauce's weekly The Church And State Show, also syndicated on ADH TV. Since 2016 Dave has undertaken the mission of arming Christians to influence culture through events from Perth to Auckland, videos, podcasts and articles published in multiple journals across Australia and New Zealand. [more]
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