In one of the most embattled regions in the world, Israel and Palestine are ignited once again with more violence. Hamas — which is part of the Palestinian government — and Israel are engaged in what is being called one of the worst flare-ups in this region for years.
So what started it this time? It began with the abduction of Israeli teens and the subsequent finding of their bodies. Then a Palestinian teen was found dead. The violence escalated from there. The latest news on the conflict saw Hamas rejecting Egypt’s potential peace plan (which Israel agreed to) and firing rockets into Israel, killing an Israeli man. Israel’s response: fire rockets right back. As Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Hamas chose to continue fighting and will pay the price for that decision. When there is no ceasefire, our answer is fire.”Israel’s next step is reportedly to target Hamas’ political leader with further air strikes.
The Bible refers to Israel as “the promised land,” God’s chosen nation. But painting Israel as the victim would be naive. There is no good guy or bad guy. There is only violence, and victims on both sides. People are dying everywhere, and we can’t afford to be ignorant of what is happening on our planet.
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