Gaza is the greatest evidence that so-called “Palestinians” have no intention of ever living side by side in peace with Israel. In August, 2005, The Daily Jot reported: “It is the biggest and most successful propaganda and public relations campaign of the century. The world has come to believe that if only Israel will give up the land that it obtained in 1967 and 1973 when a vicious and unprovoked attack from Arab states was miraculously repelled by the small, outnumbered state of Israel, then there would be peace in the region. Instead, the Israeli evacuation from Gaza will usher in a new prophetic era where violence and worldwide natural and political disruption will accelerate at an unprecedented pace.”
The tens of thousands of missiles shooting at Israeli civilian targets over the past several weeks underscore that the intent is not about having their own country. It is about killing Jews. Prior to 2004, the Palestinian Authority (PA) website had as its goal to drive the Jews to the sea and annihilate them. Islamic Jihad, the PA, Hezbollah and other terrorist groups have Jerusalem in their sights. In August 2005 with the evacuation of Israelis from Gaza, PA President Mahmoud Abbas declared, “From here, from this place, our nation and our masses are walking toward the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital.” Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said, “This is a first step toward liberating all our lands, first and foremost Jerusalem.”
When then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, supported by President George W. Bush, forced the evacuation of Israelis from Gaza, Israelis left under gunfire as the terrorists viewed the action as a retreat. Almost immediately, the Hamas terrorist organization, soon to be a major successful political party elected by the Palestinians, sent gunman into Gaza City. Against the backdrop of a sign stating, “My dream is not going to be completed without Jerusalem,” a Hamas spokesman said, “This retreat [by Israel] does not mean the end of our battle, but it is the beginning.” In September, 2005, less than a month after Israel, in a painful action of good will toward peace, evicted the last settler from Gaza, the darlings of the international peace movement, the Palestinians, used Gaza as a launching pad for a missile attack on Israeli towns and civilians.
Since leaving Gaza behind in 2005, Israel has watched Gaza become a hotbed for terrorists. Thousands crossed the Egyptian border bringing with them weapons of terror as supplied by Iran, China, and Russia. It is amazing that world leaders would be duped into believing that the PA would prevent such terrorism. There is always an incident, usually created by the terrorists. There is always an excuse for the terrorists to attack. And Israel is always blamed. These terrorists, with Jerusalem as their prize, are prying open the prophetic gateway to the end times through which the world will rush to fulfill the rest of the Zechariah 12:3 prophecy, “all that burden themselves with Jerusalem shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” What was true in 2005 remains so today.