Saturday, December 27, 2008

Israel Needs Prayer More Than Ever

I have often believed that Israel needs a strong leader again. They need a man like Benjamin Netanyahu. Each time I have heard him speak on the issues (during T.V. interviews on Fox News) that Israel faces on a daily basis, I have prayed that the people of Israel would see that he is the kind of leader they need and vote him back into office.

The terribly horrendous missile attacks being launched into Israel by Hamas terrorists reiterates the need for strong, decisive action and yes - retaliation. This requires a knowledgeable and strong leader like Netanyahu. We have seen the inaction and terrible land give-aways that Barak and Olmert have done over the years. IMO, their weak leadership has led to this current escalation of war.

Radical Islamic terrorists - no matter what their title name (e.g. Hamas) are bent on destroying Israel. They will never give up, never relent and never compromise their goals with any treaty of peace.

Just as the kamikaze Japanese pilots of WWII, they would rather die as suicide/homicide bombers than let the enemy live. The only recourse is to destroy them.

I know. Liberals tend to think that they can be "reasoned" with.

Somehow, I absolutely doubt that.

When a mind has been brain-washed in such an evil manner that the call of their radicalism of "death to Israel" is more important than life here on earth (for both the Jews and the individual radical muslim terrorist who cheers martyrdom for themselves); then there can be no form of negotiation that would work.

Joel Rosenberg's blog has a very informative post with several good links that will give you the details of this recent Hamas terrorist attack on Israel.

Rosenberg brings up Netanyahu in his essay:


This is a key message point of opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been urging Olmert to launch an invasion and stop the violence immediately rather than merely repeat empty threats. “I do not know of a country that would be hit by this many missiles and not do anything,” Netanyahu said Wednesday. “We must stop being hit and attack in order to renew our deterrence capability and our national honor.” Netanyahu is currently leading in the polls in his own bid to be Prime Minister, in part because Israelis see him as stronger on defense than Livni and Barak. But should the current government launch an aggressive and effective assault on the Hamas terrorist infrastructure in Gaza, this could dramatically help Livni and Barak in the polls and cause Netanyahu to lose ground.


Rosenberg ends his post requesting prayer:


Please be praying for Israel’s current political and military leaders to have the wisdom and courage to the right thing to protect their citizens. Pray, too, that the Lord would raise of up more leaders in the Jewish State who will be like the “sons of Issachar” described in I Chronicles 12:32, men who “understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” Pray for the Israeli families who are suffering in many ways due to the relentless barrage of rocket fire from Gaza. Meanwhile, please pray for Palestinian leaders to effectively confront the Hamas radicals and shut down their terrorist operations. Please pray for all the Palestinian families who are victims of both war and terrorism. And please don’t forget to pray faithfully and consistently for evangelical Christians on both sides of the border and around the world to know how best to help Israelis and Palestinians who are caught in the crossfire and suffering as a result.


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Update: Israel Retaliates

Barak says there is a time for calm and a time for fighting. Speaking at a news conference Saturday, he said "now is the time for fighting" and that "the operation will expand as necessary."


Comment over there:

Barak says it's time for fighting?

Will wonders never cease.
Daniel | 12.27.08 - 9:43 am


I was thinking the same exact thing!


HT's:
Joel Rosenberg's blog

Israel National News

GateWay Pundit

7 comments:

Susan Smith said...

Dear Christine—

Thank you for such a wonderful post. According to scripture, one is a Jew if one’s heart has been circumcised (Romans 2:29). Believers are true Jews. This is an inward work done by the Holy Spirit of God.

After living in Israel for 5 years (2002-2007), my prayer is for God’s will to be done. May God raise up believers (the one Church body) who will be like the “sons of Issachar,” human beings all over the earth who understand the times and know what Israel should do.

Spiritually speaking, Israel and the one Church body are one and the same. Shabbat Shalom. (ss)

Wayne_from_Jeremiah_Films said...

Thank you for your wonderful post.

I've top posted a quote and link to it from BlogWatch Middle East ... a Messianic Jew recently told me, you will receive blessing for your prayers.

Christinewjc said...

Dear Susan,

In the Lord's Prayer, we are encouraged to pray (as you had stated) that "God's will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven."

Thank you for the reminder!

Sometimes, I can get so caught up in what "I" want done; rather than seeking "God's Will be done" in the matter.

Wayne -

Thank you for linking to my post. Appreciate it!

Thanks for telling me about the Blog Watch on the Middle East. The writer at Jihad Watch certainly got it right in his title post:

"Jihad Watch's Moral Myopia and Hypocrisy Alert: World condemns Israeli action in Gaza"

Yep...how typical.

Christinewjc said...

This time, Israel has gotten it right.

Israel At 'War to the Bitter End,' Strikes Key Hamas Sites

Be sure to go to Fox News and click on the video link (on right under Fox News Video title) for "Tzipi Livni on the violence in Gaza." There are two videos to watch.

Excellent!

Christinewjc said...

Tzipi Livni nails it:

Israel is trying to avoid civilian casualties, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told reporters Monday, while "Hamas is looking for children to kill."

"Hamas is targeting deliberately kindergartens and schools and citizens and civilians because this is according to their values. Our values are completely different. We are trying to target Hamas, which hides among civilians," Livni said.


Exactly!

One has to consider all of the land that Israel gave up to gain peace with the Palestinian leadership. But since the "leadership" consists of murderous, suicide/homicide, rocket launching TERRORISTS - Israel has no choice but to defend itself.

People get killed when war breaks out. However, Hamas has a rabid, evil and murderous "kill them all" attitude - even small children - as long as they are Israeli children.

Israel has been patient and restrained in trying to get Hamas to JUST LEAVE THEM ALONE!! Hamas will not hear of it! Not a chance!

Just like the comparison I made in my original blog post - terrorists are the modern day "kamikaze" fighters of former Imperial Japan. They don't care about life. Period. To indescriminately kill innocent Israeli civilians is their goal. I'm sick of it! The world is sick of it!

That is...except for the part of the world that blindly thinks that Israel is ALWAYS at fault. Won't change their minds, either.

Just think how COWARDLY it is for Hamas terrorists to hide among their own civilian population - allowing their own Palestinian children to be killed right along side of them. How utterly despicable is that??

Don't blame Israel for the Palestinian civilian casualties. BLAME THE TERRORISTS KNOWN AS HAMAS!

Susan Smith said...

I love the Spirit you reflect in your defense of Israel, my dear "little" sister! You have been created for God's glory (Isaiah 43:7). You are confirming what I believe in my heart that Israel and the one Church body are one and the same, spiritually speaking.

Praise God that we as believers know Jesus is the victor. We have one enemy. We are slaves to the one we obey (Romans 6:16).

I love you Christine. (ss)

spud tooley said...

have gone back and forth with a couple of people since y'day on this.

this post summarizes the tit-for-tat thus far...

-mr