“…and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines. And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth: but he that remaineth, even he, shall be for our God, and he shall be as a governor in Judah….” –Zechariah 9:6-7.
In the nearly constant and protracted turmoil between the Israelis and the Palestinians, one may begin to wonder if there is any hope. I would say that yes, there is hope, as depicted in the prophetic utterance above. “A governor in Judah” in Hebrew (k’aluf b’Yehudah) is actually “like a great one (in modern Hebrew: general) in Judah”, one joined to and equal amongst the Jewish people. “It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but that which comes out of the mouth,” said the Messiah, thus, “I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth” could well be the removal of the hatred and vows of death and destruction, to be replaced with love and the knowledge of the G-d of Israel from a surviving remnant of the Palestinian Arabs. We are beginning to see more of this actually occurring, as former terrorists of Hamas and the PLO come to know the love and salvation of Yeshua, abandoning the ways of terror and hate and openly and bravely speaking out in support of Israel.
But ultimately we are all left with free will and choice. “I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse: therefore choose life, that you may live, you and your seed” (Deuteronomy 30:19). The hope is that all, Jew and Arab, and even professed Christians will choose life. But as long as such Hamas leaders as Khalid Mashaal refuse every compromise with Israel, and cynically direct his civilians to become “martyrs” for the Palestinian cause, there can be no peace, no hope.
“This is what the LORD 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 house of Judah from among them. But after I uproot them, I will again have compassion and will bring each of them back to his own inheritance and his own country. And if they learn well the ways of my people and swear by my name, saying, ‘As surely as the LORD lives’–even as they once taught my people to swear by Baal–then they will be established among my people. But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy it,” declares the LORD”- Jeremiah 12:14-17.