JCPA Report -- The Gaza War, One Year Later: Lessons Learned and the Potential Danger Ahead

VIDEO The 2014 Gaza war began with an outright act of aggression by Hamas of escalating rocket attacks on Israel’s towns and cities. But over time, a completely different version of events emerged, based not on the truth of what happened but on a Palestinian narrative that seemed to capture the imagination of many observers in the West. In fact, at one point, the Hamas prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, appeared to gloat over this development. On August 29, 2014, he appeared on the Qatari satellite channel Al-Jazeera and declared, “Our narrative has gained the upper hand.” -- Ambassador Dore Gold, JCPA

Hendricks’s Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement Tackles the Arab-Israeli Conflict

News stories like the PCUSA having ties with terrorist organizations, their BDS efforts and even them voting on whether or not to take out the word “Israel” from their prayer books might cause one to reflect with disappointment on the state of Christian/Jewish relations today, specifically with regards to Israel.

Brief Overview of Operation Protective Edge

“Operation Protective Edge,” or Tzuk Eitan (“Strong Cliff”) in Hebrew, refers Israel’s response to the continual assault on its citizens by Palestinian militants from the Hamas-controlled, Gaza Strip. Although tensions continued to escalate between Israelis and Palestinians in recent years, the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers by members of Hamas was the final spark to light the growing powder keg. The boys went missing on June 12, 2014 and Israeli search teams discovered their bodies two weeks later near Hebron on June 30th. Israeli anger over the senseless killing of the three teenagers led to the retaliation against the Palestinians by three Israeli extremists a couple days later. The Israeli extremists kidnapped and brutally murdered a Palestinian teenager in East Jerusalem. Israeli authorities later found the boy’s charred body in the Jerusalem Forest. Even though the Israeli government strongly condemned the violent attack, the event triggered Arab riots throughout Israel.

Defending Israel Does Not Mean Hating Palestinians

Most Jewish believers in Jesus, like myself, line up with Evangelicals who believe God has an ongoing covenant commitment to the people of Israel ... It must be noted that we view these truths as our biblical conviction and not as a litmus test for partnership and fellowship; we should all hold our views with humility and continue to learn from those who might have a different perspective on Scripture. However, if someone asked, "Do you believe the land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people through a covenant agreement with God?" - I would say yes.

August 2014 Ceasefire: A Brief Overview

August 26, 2014 at 7 p.m. Israel and Hamas accepted an Egypt brokered ceasefire, putting a halt to Operation Protective Edge. While many Gazans celebrated – celebrations which left 2 dead and 45 wounded – and their leadership lauded this as a victory, many Israelis were not so quick to rejoice. Many in Israeli politics were quick to show their disapproval too. The fact that Hamas had broken the last eleven ceasefires and their up to the last minute missile attacks on Israel (some of which lasted 35 minutes after the ceasefire went into effect) leaves many Israelis wondering if this is simply a diversion to allow time for the terrorist group to re-arm. Others strongly believe that Hamas is not be trusted.