Today, after more than 140 rockets fell in Southern Israel is the last few days, Israel killed the head of Hamas’s military wing. The terrorist’s name was Ahmed Al-Jabari and he was the head of the Izz al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades. This is a man who has much blood on his hands.
Hamas of course is promising revenge and there is now not only a very high alert in Israel, but reserve soldiers are being mobilized and we may be preparing for a ground offensive in Gaza.
As the Prime Minister said the other day to the Ambassadors who serve in Israel, no country would allow their nation of be rocketed day after day and do nothing in response.
The last time we went into Gaza in 2008’s “Operation Cast Lead,” we did a very incomplete job of routing out the terrorist leadership. If we do go in with a ground attack I would assume that we will try and totally eliminate the Hamas and Islamic Jihad leadership.
Remember this is a Middle East in great turmoil with a fanatic anti-Israel government in Egypt, Hezbollah feeling very insecure in Lebanon, and a civil war raging already in Syria.
Pray for P.M. Netanyahu, Defense Minister Barak and the Israeli Government to have the wisdom of God concerning the situation in the South and all the possible ramifications in the whole region.
Pray for the P.M. and others to be able to clearly bring Israel’s case of self-defense to an increasingly anti-Israel world.
Pray for Egypt to stay out of any armed conflict.
Pray for the protection of Israel’s soldiers and the protection of all innocent civilians.
If Israel does do a ground attack, pray that all that God wants accomplished in this conflict will be fulfilled.
Pray that if it is time to remove the evil of Hamas, Israel will not stop until it is accomplished.
Pray for great alertness on the Lebanese border. Both concerning Hezbollah attacking Israel with rockets and also trying to attack Israeli settlements on the border and trying to kidnap soldiers there.
This is a situation that is just beginning, and we will try our best to keep you informed so that you can pray both in the spirit and with the understanding.
On a personal note, my oldest son Seth is on the Lebanese border doing training with his reserve unit, Chuck’s son Jed is going into the reserves tomorrow, Ofer’s son Nathaniel is preparing to be called up any time now, and Colin’s son David is doing his mandatory service in the Tank Corps. Please keep these four sons of ours in your prayers as well.
Thank you all for standing with us,