Artwork by Elhanan ben-Avraham

This is what YHVH says: As for all my wicked neighbors who seize the inheritance I gave my people Israel, I will uproot them from their lands and I will uproot the people of Judah from among them…” – Jeremiah 12:14-17*

‘Hamas’ is the Hebrew word used to describe why G-d brought the flood in the days of Noah, meaning ‘violence, corruption, deceit’: Genesis 6:11,13, “The earth is filled with violence (hamas).”  ‘Allah’ is the driving force behind the Islamic Hamas (allah in Hebrew is ‘a curse’, as in Isaiah 24:6: “for the curse – allah – has devoured the earth.”

From our home in the Mountains of Judah we hear the rumble of an unprovoked long-range missile strike from Gaza. Then there is nothing left of the Islamic hatred but a twisted tangle of metal and the smoldering ruins of an Israeli home where a family of seven were asleep. By some kind of miracle the family was able to scramble to their shelter and were not killed, though they sustained injures. Had it not been for the Iron Dome anti-missile systems there would be very many Israeli casualties as Hamas missiles rained by the thousands onto Israel’s civilian population centers.

But I must correct myself, as the Islamic hatred remains fully intact from Gaza to Lebanon to Syria all the way across the Fertile Crescent to Iran, who regularly declares their intent of wiping the one tiny Jewish state from the world map.

But the surreal part of all this is that there is no media coverage until Israel responds to the missile attacks in defense of its civilian population, and then the world, including that august body called the UN, savagely condemns Israel for “war crimes”. The Israeli air force proceeded a nighttime strike on Hamas centers of weapons manufacturing and empty offices of the Hamas leadership, and that not before “knocking” first, dropping small charges to warn any within to exit. And almost 4000 of Hamas’ missiles rained down upon Israeli cities.

Never mind that Israel sixteen years earlier completely withdrew from Gaza in a “land for peace” experiment. The land was given, but instead of peace in return the land was almost immediately used for launching regular missile strikes into Israeli civilian population centers. Then Israel set up closure and control of the Gaza sea port to prevent shipments of Iranian high-end missiles and weaponry to be delivered.

Then the Gaza population began rioting weekly and throwing their children against the border fence of Israel, sending fire on kites into Israeli farms and forests, destroying thousands of acres of the Holy Land they so much “love.” It is what they have declared their “right of return”. But the young people being wounded and killed by the army defending our borders do not remember when that border was open to them to come into Israel to work and shop- until they began their campaign of suicide of bombing Israeli busses, restaurants and places of entertainment. Then Israel decided to close the border.

But facts of history are lost in the fog of propaganda and rhetoric. And few have bothered to read the very charter of the ruling Hamas organization, which declares its irredentist position of never recognizing the State of Israel, and their intent of reclaiming all of “Palestine” as their own. Here is an excerpt: “The Platform of The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas): Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors” And fewer yet have read their motivating Quranic text that sanctifies their Jihad – holy war – against the infidels as their destructive duty in this lovely world in which we all live.

*“…But after I uproot them, I will again have compassion and will bring each of them back to their own inheritance and their own country. And if they learn well the ways of my people and swear by my name, saying, ‘As surely as YHVH lives’ -even as they once taught my people to swear by Baal- then they will be established among my people. But if that nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy it,” declares YHVH”.

*The Hebrew word ‘ba’al’ means ‘lord or master’, which in the broader sense would include any but YHVH, including the god of Islam and the Quran.