The latest flare-up in Gaza triggers ripple effects throughout the Middle East. Israel remains at odds with Egypt over last week’s attacks. Earlier this month, Egypt brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip.
Additionally, Iran’s growing influence through proxy parties in the region cannot be ignored. “You’ve got Hezbollah from southern Lebanon. In Gaza, you have two terrorist groups that hate each other, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. They’re both funded by Iran,” Uncharted Ministries co-founder Tom Doyle says.
“Hamas is the ruling government in Gaza. Islamic Jihad has no political aspirations. They want one thing: to agitate and destroy Israel. That’s the reason they exist,” he continues.
“Iran is [working] behind the scenes, stoking the fires of war. If Iran is ready to attack Israel and send a nuclear-tipped missile, then stirring up the proxy militias to make it a regional attack makes sense to them.”
Meanwhile, in Gaza…
The situation in Gaza is complex. There are few winners in a centuries-old land war pitting two ideologies against each other – Judaism and Islam. A third ideology – Christianity – often goes unseen.
“Muslim background believers are serving Jesus in Gaza,” Doyle says.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for believers in Gaza who teach about the reconciliation only Christ can offer.
- Pray Palestinians will believe in and trust the Lord. Only He – not the government – can provide the hope they so desperately need.