Gaza has become a terrorist state, Israel President Shimon Peres said in a meeting with foreign ambassadors. “Hundreds of thousands of mothers and their children in southern Israel cannot sleep at night as a result of rocket attacks from Gaza,” the veteran leader said.
The ambassadors at the meeting represented members of the United Nations Security Council, as well as nations from the Middle East.
“Can the United Nations guarantee that terror attacks will not happen again? None of you would give up on the safety and security of your citizens, just as Israel will stand in its own defense,” Peres declared. “Whoever wants to help Gaza should insist that Gazans stop firing on Israel,” Peres declared.
This week the Hamas’ armed wing al – Qassam Brigades claimed responsibility for firing an anti-tank missile into an Israeli school bus which left a 16 year old in a critical condition.
When missiles fired from Gaza were intercepted by the newly deployed Iron Dome defence system, Israel’s Defence Minister approved. “This is an exceptional achievement of the Israel defence industries and the air force,” Ehud Barak said.
Palestinians were killed in Israel air raids which targeted Hamas and their terrorist activities.
Hamas called for a ceasefire just as an Israeli air strike, possibly supported by artillery fire killed two members of the al-Qassam Brigades.
January 14, 2009 Denis MacEoin of Family Security Matters wrote: “Today everyone’s talking about a ceasefire in Gaza. With the UN proposing one and Israel demurring, the public, unaware of anything much about Gaza, Hamas, or Israel, blithely puts Israel in the dock. Yet during the last “ceasefire,” when rockets continued to land in Israeli civilian centres, there was a noticeable silence on the part of the international community. It seems it’s okay to drag Israel back from an attack on a massively financed and armed terrorist entity (and if Hamas isn’t a terrorist entity, it’s hard to know what it is), but just not right on to demand the same sort of action on the part of the terrorists.”
MacEoin gave this very important explanation: “When Hamas announces a temporary cease-fire (a hudna or, recently, a tahdiyya or lull), it does so, not to have an opportunity to talk peace, but to regroup and re-arm.”
This on-going struggle reminds me of the words about those people who say, “‘Peace, Peace,’ when there is no peace.” (Jer 6:14; 8:11)