Psalms 122: Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.
Zachariah 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
In the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, one thing remains certain – Israel has the right to defend itself. To truly understand the gravity of this situation, it is crucial to consider the historical context, instances of Hamas aggression, and the importance of self-defense for any nation.
Israel’s struggle for survival and security dates back to its establishment in 1948. Surrounded by nations that sought its destruction, Israel has faced numerous wars and terrorist attacks. Throughout these challenges, its commitment to self-defense has been unwavering.
Hamas, a recognized terrorist organization, has fired thousands of rockets indiscriminately into Israeli cities, putting innocent lives at risk. These acts of aggression cannot be ignored. Israel’s response, aimed at protecting its citizens and ensuring their safety, is not only justified but necessary.
From an international law perspective, self-defense is an inherent right of every nation. The United Nations Charter, Article 51, explicitly recognizes this right, allowing countries to take necessary measures to defend themselves against armed attacks. Israel’s actions fall well within the framework of this established legal principle.
However, it is important to address counterarguments that label Israel as an occupier and oppressor. The term “colonization” is often misapplied in this context. Israel, as a nation, was established through a legitimate process recognized by the international community. The Jewish people have ancient historical ties to the land, and their return was a result of both historical and legal rights.
The assertion that Israel is an occupier and oppressor fails to consider the complex reality of the region. Israel has made significant efforts to seek peace and establish a two-state solution. It has withdrawn from occupied territories in the pursuit of peaceful coexistence. The ongoing conflict with Hamas is not a result of a desire for occupation or oppression but rather a necessary response to protect its citizens.
In conclusion, Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas is certain. The historical context, instances of Hamas aggression, and international law all support this fundamental right. It is essential to separate fact from fiction and understand the complex dynamics at play. By doing so, we can foster a more nuanced and informed conversation about the ongoing conflict. Let us all stand together in support of Israel’s right to self-defense.
Apostle Tommy E. Quick, Founder/Pastor
Promised Land COGIC, CFADD
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