First of all the surprise agreement was declared after secret meetings in Egypt. Spokesmen for the historic announcement, triumphantly declared ‘all differences’ had been resolved. Those ‘differences’ have been so significant as to cause on-going bloody violence between the two.
Hamas is designated to be a terrorist organization by US, Israel and the EU. It is the largest militant Islamist group, formed at the beginning of the first intifada in 1987. Hamas has always declared their goal is to remove Israel from what they call ‘Palestine.’ In fact, the founding document of Hamas, commits them to Israel’s destruction.
The persecution of Christians and restrictions on the freedom of women, have been prominent during Hamas control in Gaza. They have launched thousands of rockets into Israel. Hamas has been holding kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit incommunicado since June of 2006.
“Fatah” is a reverse acronym of the Arabic, Harekat at-Tahrir al-Wataniyyeh al-Falastiniyyeh. The word “Fatah” means “conquest by means of jihad [Islamic holy war]”.
Often terror activities sponsored by Fatah are carried out by the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade and that separation manages to keep Fatah leaders in the ‘moderate’ category according to the Obama administration, among others.
The significance of this latest Hamas-Fatah development was summed up dramatically by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who indicated that the willingness of Fatah to unite with Hamas illustrates their lack of interest in making a legitimate peace with Israel. He meant that it is impossible to agree with Hamas and also agree with Israel. “Can you imagine a peace deal with Al-Qaeda, of course not!” Netanyahu said in a TV interview Thursday. He left no doubt he considered the belligerence of Hamas to be in the Al-Qaeda category.
Our eyes should be fixed firmly to see what nations support the recognition of a Palestinian state, which even now is shaping to be a terrorist platform supported by Iran, an Islamist Egypt and others in the smoldering region.
The prophet Zechariah warns of nations gathered against Israel (Zech 12: 3). The warning is very stark too. “And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.” (Zech 12: 9)
Watching and observing the radical headlines throughout the world today should lead us all to consider the might and majesty of the Lord. He does not intend to watch the hate and violence grow without His merciful intervention. “Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle.” (Zech. 14: 3)
There is still time to be Bible savvy. But I would not be putting it off for too long.