With violence escalating recently between Israel and the Gaza Strip, the Arab League met in Cairo to draft a request to the UN for a no-fly zone to be enforced over Gaza. According to the Amr Mussa, Secretary General of the Arab League, the request for the no-fly zone is “to stop the Israeli aggression on Gaza.”
The political wing of Hamas recently expressed its wishes for a ceasefire in light of the Palestinian casualties and Israel’s success with its “Iron Dome,” an armament of short-range missiles stationed throughout Israel to shoot down rockets launched by Israel’s enemies. Both sides of the conflict said they would stop firing if the other side does.
Strikingly absent from the press releases announcing the upcoming request to the UN for the no-fly zone is the fact that this most recent conflict between Israel and the Palestinians began when Palestinians, emboldened by the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa, escalated firing rockets into southern Israel from Gaza at the beginning of this year. Since then the mortar attacks have increased and Israel had no choice but to defend themselves. In addition to the mortar attacks came the bombing at a bus stop in March that killed a Christian missionary and injured 30 people.
So the same old tactics from Israel’s enemies continues. They start a fight and when Israel defends itself, they claim that Israel is the aggressor. News reports out today say that the ceasefire called by both sides appears to be taking hold as the attacks dropped significantly on Sunday in Israel.
25For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 28As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes. 29For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. [Romans 11]
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–