I woke up early to read the Hebrew report of the IDF’s activities. This report said that the IDF was shooting into Gaza from ground troops around the border.
A few minutes later, Betty came in and said, “We have invaded Gaza on the ground.”
I said, “That’s a mistake. I read the original report. That is a mistranslation.”
She said, “But it’s all over the international news…”
I said, “Well, in the original Hebrew, it wasn’t worded well. I could see how there might be a mistranslation. But I know it’s not true.”
I should mention here that no one in Israel wants a ground invasion. The reasons are threefold:
1. Loss of life to Palestinians
2. Loss of life to Israelis
3. Attacks in international world opinion against Israel.
There are also three reasons why a ground attack may be needed:
1. The main leaders of the Jihad and Hamas terrorist leaders are hidden in houses, so to clean them out, you must go door to door.
2. The larger rocket launchers can be taken out from the air, but the very effective RPR anti-tank missiles can be shoulder held and hidden in houses. Another need to go door to door.
3. There is a huge tunnel system under the ground in Gaza, called “The Metro.” The command center of terrorist activities is located there. Israel would have to go in door to door to find the tunnel entrances.
In order to get ready for a real ground invasion, three elements are needed:
1. Public justification – this clearly happened when Hamas and Jihad sent missiles into Tel Aviv.
2. Reserves called up to take the place of the troops going in – this has already happened.
3. Tanks and heavy equipment moved to the border – this was done in the last two days.
So, while I know the announcement did not say that, it certainly appeared to everyone that Israel had invaded.
The reporting of the ground invasion spread quickly from the international press to Gaza. The Hamas and Jihad leaders ran to the tunnels to hide. They sent all their troops with the RPGs toward the border to attack the Israeli invaders.
The whole operation took 40 minutes; 160 planes; 450 bombs.
Was this a mistake, a mistranslation or maybe something else?
Note: It is always worth stating and emphasizing that our heart is for the Palestinian people and their welfare. There is a huge difference to us between the Palestinian people and the radical groups like Hamas and Jihad, who in our opinion are ruining the lives of the great majority of Palestinians. God loves Israelis and Palestinians both; and so do we.
YHVH of Armies
This may be the time of God demonstrating Himself to be YHVH of Armies. ה’ צבאות. Adonai Ts’vaot.
מִי זֶה מֶלֶךְ הַכָּבוֹד יְהוָה עִזּוּז וְגִבּוֹר; יְהוָה, גִּבּוֹר מִלְחָמָה׃ 9 שְׂאוּ שְׁעָרִים רָאשֵׁיכֶם, וּשְׂאוּ פִּתְחֵי עוֹלָם; וְיָבֹא מֶלֶךְ הַכָּבוֹד׃ 10 מִי הוּא זֶה מֶלֶךְ הַכָּבוֹד יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת; הוּא מֶלֶךְ הַכָּבוֹד סֶלָה
Who is this king of glory? YHVH bold and mighty; YHVH’ mighty in war. Lift up your heads O gates, and lift up everlasting entrances. And the king of glory will come in. Who is this king of glory? YHVH of armies. He is the king of glory. Selah.
It is hard to comprehend God being sovereign in war, armies, conflict in heaven and on earth. This commander-in-chief of the angelic armies appeared to Joshua, as it was recorded in Joshua 5:13ff. He was commander, he was a man, he was divine. Who could it be?
He told Joshua that he wasn’t coming to be on one side or the other, but that every side had to choose to submit to him.
Many times, in Scripture, this Man-God-Angel-Commander fought for Israel. Often, he punished Israel. I believe this was the pre-birth form of Yeshua (Jesus). That is clearly shown in Revelation 19:11, and will be totally manifested at the apocalyptic war at the Second Coming.
In Isaiah 37:36, he kills (in one moment) the entire Assyrian army that came to attack Jerusalem. In I Chronicles 21:16, he threatens to destroy Jerusalem for nationalistic pride when David counted his army as being greater than Moses’.
The Bible says “YHVH is a man of war; YHVH is His name” – Exodus 15:3. I believe it is time for a greater understanding of God working as YHVH of Armies and of Yeshua as Commander-in-Chief of the armies of heaven.
The War of Public Opinion
Israelis are very upset at the current war. The vast majority of Israelis want to live in peace with Arabs and enjoy the interaction with their Arab neighbors.
However, the current attack of Hamas and Jihadists, shooting missiles at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv is just absolutely unacceptable. At the same time, the public mob violence on the streets, by a few Israeli fanatics or Palestinian Hamas supporters is tearing everyone’s hearts open.
Prime Minister Netanyahu condemned street violence on both sides and even told the Jewish Israeli gangs that they would be treated harshly and prosecuted as criminals. Today Israeli Police Chief Shabtai made an amazing statement, condemning ultra-right wing religious fanatics, particularly Knesset member Itamar Ben Gvir as being responsible for inciting the riots. (The same groups have attacked Messianic Jews in Israel as well.)
On a very popular TV news show, broadcast from the channel 12 studio (which happens to be next door to our office), mainstream left wing broadcaster Dana Wiess and mainstream right wing reporter Roni Daniel got into a heated emotional argument, with shouting and tears. Roni said the terrorists are trying to kill our children and that we must stop them. Dana replied that the whole situation has gone astray and we need to find another answer. The dual outburst ended with Roni telling Dana to calm down and drink some cold water. To which she said to him, you calm down and drink some cold water!
Gal Gadot, Hollywood wonder woman, put out what I thought was a very gentle and neutral post, showing compassion for the suffering. She was flooded within one hour with 40,000 talkbacks, mostly negative, some brutally accusing her of standing with Israel in an ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and calling for her to be banned from Hollywood. Gal had to close down responses to her site.
The battle over public opinion, both in Israel and around the world, may turn out to be more significant than the military fighting on the ground.
This article originally appeared on Revive Israel, May 14, 2021, and reposted with permission.