Israel-Gaza Conflict: 5 Things Christians Need to Know

An Israeli airstrike Friday in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. (Said Khatib/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)
An Israeli airstrike Friday in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. (Said Khatib/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)

A dramatic escalation in Hamas rocket fire in recent days has forced Israel to take military action against terrorists in Gaza.

Gaza terrorists have launched more than 450 rockets at Israel capable of reaching deep into the country since the beginning of 2014. The attacks have sent thousands running into bomb shelters, threatening 3.5 million Israeli lives.

Tuesday morning Israel launched what it calls “Operation Protective Edge.” Government officials say the aim is to secure an end to weeks of Hamas rocket fire.

Understanding the motives behind the violence can be confusing without proper knowledge of the root causes contributing to the aggression as well as the religious issues, which shape life in the Middle East.

5 Things Christians Need to Know about the Israel-Gaza Conflict

1. How did the recent attacks escalate?

Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Fraenkel, a 16-year-old with dual Israeli-American citizenship, disappeared on June 12 while hitchhiking home.

Last week the Israeli government confirmed the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens had been located. Volunteer searchers found the bodies in the West Bank near the town of Hebron. Officials claim, the teens that were abducted by Palestinians, were shot at least ten times simply because of their Jewish faith.

In an act of retaliation, three Israeli suspects confessed to killing a Palestinian teenager, Mohammed Abu Khdeir.

2. The Birth of Israel Results in Major Wars

With the birth of Israel in 1948 also came enhanced conflict between the Arabs and Jews. The Arab–Israeli conflict has resulted in at least five major wars and a number of minor conflicts. It has also been the source of two major Palestinian uprisings, known as intifadas. Some predict a third intifadas could be eminent.

The Arab nations are represented by 21 separate nations. There is only one Jewish nation with a tiny country, Israel. Even with an overwhelming geographic territory claimed by Arabs, Palestinians have consistently demanded Israel to give up land for a Palestinian state.

The combined territories of Arab countries are 650 fold greater than Israel. Some question why one of the Arab nations hasn’t provided land for the Palestinians.

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SOURCE: Christian Headlines
Russ Jones

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