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Sept. 12, 2005 Israel completes its withdrawal of all Israeli civilians and soldiers from the Gaza Strip and turns the territory over to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority. 

Sept. 24, 2005  Within weeks of Israel’s full withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, Hamas fires a large barrage of rockets from that territory into Israel, injuring 5 Israelis. According to the New York Times, “Hamas carried out the attacks after falsely claiming that Israel was responsible for the explosion of its weaponry during a march in Gaza on Sept. 23 ….” Israel retaliates with airstrikes, and Palestinian groups continue to fire rockets into Israeli towns.

October-December 2005 – In the final three months of 2005, 145 rockets and mortars fired from Gaza strike Israel.

January 2006  Hamas trounces the more pragmatic Fatah party in Palestinian parliamentary elections.

June 25, 2006  Hamas gunmen infiltrate Israel from the Gaza Strip, killing two Israeli soldiers and kidnapping a third. Israel retaliates by launching Operation Summer Rains, meant to secure the release of the captured soldier, Gilad Shalit.

November 2006  Operation Summer Rains ends with Gilad Shalit still held in Gaza.

2006 – An estimated 861 rockets and 57 mortar shells fired from Gaza strike Israel.

June 2007 Hamas forces violently crush Palestinian troops loyal to Abbas, take full control of the Gaza Strip.

2007  An estimated 896 rockets and 740 mortar shells fired from Gaza strike Israel.

Six-Month “Calm”

June 19, 2008  An Egyptian-brokered tahdia, or lull in fighting, between Israel and Hamas officially starts.

June 21, 2008 Two days after the start of the lull, three rockets and one mortar shell fired from Gaza strike Israel.

July 4, 2008  Already during the first three weeks of the tahdia, 11 rockets and mortar shells are fired from Gaza into Israel.

July 23, 2008  Speaking during a visit to the rocket-battered town of Sderot in southern Israel, presidential candidate Barack Obama stated, “I don’t think any country would find it acceptable to have missiles raining down on the heads of their citizens. The first job of any nation-state is to protect its citizens. And so I can assure you that if … somebody was sending rockets into my house, where my two daughters sleep at night, I’m going to do everything in my power to stop that. And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.”

July 27, 2008  Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert expresses concern about the continued smuggling of arms from Sinai into the Gaza Strip.

Nov. 3, 2008 Since the start of the truce, about 38 rockets and mortar shells are fired from Gaza into Israel.

Nov. 4, 2008 Acting on intelligence that Palestinian militants were poised to infiltrate Israel and kidnap soldiers, Israeli troops cross several hundred yards into Gaza to destroy a tunnel that was to be used for the infiltration. A firefight erupts between Hamas gunmen and Israeli soldiers. One Hamas gunman is killed. Hamas launches mortar shells at Israeli targets, and an Israeli airstrike kills several Hamas members preparing to fire mortars.

Nov. 5, 2008 Responding to the previous day’s fighting, Hamas launches dozens of rockets and mortar shells into Israeli cities and towns. Israel strikes a rocket launching cell in Gaza.

Nov. 6, 2008 After the previous day’s sharp increase in rocket fire, rocket and mortar attacks against Israel dip to an average of a few per day. This frequency continues until mid-December.

Dec. 14, 2008  Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal says on Lebanon’s Al Quds television that the truce expires after 6 months, and that the group will not be renewing the truce.

Dec. 15, 2008  Israeli official Amos Gilad argues on Israel’s Channel 2 that the truce does not expire.

Dec. 17, 2008  With the end of the truce approaching, the number of rocket and mortar shells fired into Israel increases sharply. Along with the basic Qassam rockets, Palestinians begin to fire a larger amount of relatively advanced and destructive Grad (or Katyusha) rockets. Hundreds of thousands of Israeli civilians live within the area affected by Palestinian rockets.

Dec. 19, 2008  Hamas declares the tahdia to be officially over. During the six-month truce, 223 rockets and 139 mortar shells were fired into Israel from Gaza.

Dec. 25, 2008 A day after about 60 rockets and mortars strike Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud urges Palestinians to stop the attacks, and threatens a powerful response. The rocket attacks continue in the days that follow.

“Operation Cast Lead”

Dec. 27, 2008 The Israeli air force begins wide-scale attack against Hamas targets. Over the next few days, Hamas headquarters, smuggling tunnels, rocket factories and other targets are destroyed; hundreds of Palestinians, mostly Hamas fighters, are killed; Israelis huddled in bomb shelters as scores of Palestinian rockets and mortars are fired into Israel. 

Dec. 31, 2008  A Grad rocket strikes a kindergarten in the Israeli city of Beersheva. The school is empty at the time. 

2008  An estimated 1,571 rockets and 1,531 mortar shells fired from Gaza strike Israel.

Jan. 1, 2009  Israel bombs the home of Hamas terror leader Nizar Rayyan, killing him and members of his family.

Jan. 3, 2009 Israel ground troops enter Gaza.

Jan. 5, 2009 A Grad rocket hits an empty kindergarten in the Israeli city of Ashdod.

Jan. 6, 2009  Israel expressed regret after about 40 Palestinians at a Gaza school were reportedly killed by an Israeli shell. An initial investigation by Israel concluded that Hamas fighters were likely firing mortars from the area of the school, and that Hamas mortar crewmen Immad Abu Iskar and Hassan Abu Iskar were among the casualties. According to the Associated Press, two nearby residents told reporters “they saw a small group of militants firing mortar rounds from a street near the school…” (AP, “Gaza truce proposed after Israel shelling kills 30,” 1/6/09). The Israeli army pointed out that Palestinians have launched attacks from UN schools in the past.

Jan. 7, 2009  While the head of the UN school denies militants were inside the school, the New York Times quotes a witness in Gaza saying that militants were indeed active in the area, and had even solicited the involvement of civilian children in their activities: “A young witness from Jabaliya, Ibrahim Amen, 16, said that he had seen one of the militants, whom he identified as Abu Khaled Abu Asker, in the area of the school right before the attack. Ibrahim said he saw the militant after he answered calls for volunteers to pile sand around the camp ‘to help protect the resistance fighters.’ Ibrahim went to pile sand near the school with his brother, Iyad, 20, who was then injured by the Israeli mortar fire.”

Jan. 8, 2009 The United Nations Security Council passes resolution 1860, which, among other things, calls for “an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire, leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza” and condemns “all violence and hostilities directed against civilians and all acts of terrorism.”

Jan. 9, 2009  Hamas rejects the UN resolution, with Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marouk asserting that the organization “was not consulted on this resolution, our vision and the interests of our people were not taken into consideration.” He added that “this resolution does not concern us unless someone comes to enforce it on the ground. When it is enforced on the ground, whatever party which tries to enforce it will have to deal with…(Hamas).” Israel also rejects the resolution. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert states that “the IDF will continue operations in order to defend Israeli citizens and will carry out the missions with which it has been assigned in the operation. This morning’s rocket fire against residents of the south only proves that the UN Security Council Resolution 1860 is not practical and will not be honored in actual fact by the Palestinian murder organizations.”

Jan. 17, 2009  The Israeli cabinet votes in favor of implementing a unilateral 10-day ceasefire, conditioned on an end to Hamas hostilities. Hamas insists it will continue fighting.

Jan. 18, 2009 After firing a barrage of rockets into Israel, Hamas announces a ceasefire, conditioned on a withdrawal of Israeli troops from Gaza within one week. Several more rockets are fired from Gaza after the announcement.

Jan. 27, 2009  Palestinians kill an Israeli soldier and wound 3 others when they detonate a roadside bomb near an Israeli army patrol along the Gaza border. Israel retaliates.

Feb. 1, 2009 Over a dozen rockets and mortars are fired into Israel from Gaza. Israel’s military intelligence chief says that Hamas has not acted to stop the sporadic rocket attacks that have continued since the latest ceasefire, even if it is not itself launching rockets.

Feb. 10, 2009 – Amidst continued rocket fire from Gaza, Islamic Jihad admits that a Palestinian killed while approaching Gaza’s border fence with Israel was on his way to attack Israelis.

Israel: How Much Is Too Much?

Posted: June 7, 2010 in Israel
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You might ask yourself, “How many missiles have been launched against Israel in the past eight years? It’s nothing compared to what Israel has done to it’s enemies.”

Oh really, check these figures out:

Here are the total figure from 2002-2009: 181 Grads – 4,810 Rockets – 6,085 Mortars

Let’s get real. The Middle Eastern nations were against the Jews getting ANY land in that part of the world, let alone Jerusalem. From day 1 they have schemed as to how to wipe them off the map. As you can see, things aren’t rosey for the little state of Israel. Hamas takes every opportunity to attack Israel, so is it any wonder that Israel has formed a blockaid to prevent weapons from reaching the Hamas leadership? All Israel is asking is that the ships dock in Ashdod to have their cargo offloaded and inspected, at which point Israel trucks the cargo to Gaza at their own expense.

Every country works through the political system of other countries to provide aid, why is Israel any different? If there’s a military blockaid and the only way to get any supplies in to the area is to go through the officials of the country forming the blockaid, you can bet that government officials of the countries seeking to provide humanitarian aid would jump through hoops to form an agreement to get that aid to those who need it most and would follow those rules percisely so that aid would not get cut off. Why is Israel any different? I’ll tell you why, because they’re Israel.

Israel is known as the “little Satan” to many of the Arab nations of the world and the leaders of most of the Middle Eastern countries refuse to even recognize Israel as a state. No recognition, no rules. I guess that’s how the world works.

Land for peace? You’ve got to be joking! The world is demanding that Israel give up even more land to its enemies in order to bring peace to the Middle East. Is history to be repeated again?
One of the most famous “Land for Peace” agreements was between Britain and Germany.

September 15, 1938: British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain set out for Germany to visit Adolph Hitler. Hitler wasn’t asking for too much, just the liberation of the German-speaking areas of Czechoslovakia [the western part of Czechoslovakia called Sudetenland]. It was a sweet little “Land for Peace” deal that would hopefully appease the Fuhrer and give the German-speaking Czechs their “rights of self-determination”, albeit under Nazi control. Fifteen days later the Sudetenland was handed over to Hitler. In exchange, Hitler gives his word that he has no other territorial designs on Europe.

October 1, 1938: Germany now owns half of Czechoslovakia and not a single shot was fired. Before the year ended, Hitler broke his agreement and occupied the remainder of Czechoslovakia.

The following year Hitler invaded Poland. He continued to invade most of Europe, Africa, and Russia and even bombed Chamberlain’s very own Britain. Needless to say, the duped Chamberlain was replaced rather quickly by Winston Churchill. The Brits had THEIR fill of “Land for Peace!” And that was just one example!

The policy of “Land for Peace” logically entails the surrender of Israeli territory whenever Arabs threaten war. As anyone may see from the US House of Representatives Task Force Report on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare issued on December 10, 1996, the territorial shrinkage of Israel following the Oslo peace process has triggered a “frantic military build-up” by Arab and Islamic states that now see an opportunity to annihilate the Jewish State.

Question: Can Israel be certain that peace will never be withheld again by those who receive the land?
Question: What will happen if surrendering land reduces Israel’s ability to defend itself from those who will occupy the surrendered land?

Many may say, “Well, we won’t know until we try.” And if it fails, it will be too late to save the country and its people. Israel will be gone.

Fortunately, biblical prophecy does state that although Israel will be attacked in the future by a large and powerful coalition, God will intervene and destroy all but one sixth of the attacking forces, saving Israel and bringing glory to His name.

Praise be to the Lord God Almighty!!!

ISRAEL ATTACKED BY RUSSIAN LEAD COALITION.  Sounds like a newspaper headline, does it not? You might say to yourself that nothing like that could actually happen.  Really? The United States assembled a coalition to free the Iraqi people from the tyranny of a cruel dictatorship and to bring democracy to that area of the world. Is it so hard to imagine that Russia could form a coalition of Islamic states with the sole goal of wiping Israel off the map? Let’s look at Israel’s history and find out how many coalition forces have attacked her in the past.

Coalition Forces #1
May 14, 1948: On this date Israel declared herself an independent state. On that very date, the fledgling country was attacked from the north, east and south by forces from the Arab states of Egypt, Syria, Transjordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Israel came out the victor. (Number of countries involved: 7)

Coalition Forces #2
The Six Day’s War of June 5-10, 1967 was a war between Israel and the armies of the neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan and Syria. The nations of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria also contributed troops and arms to the Arab forces. Surrounded by enemies, Israel launched a pre-emptive attack against Egypt’s air force causing Jordan to attack Israel. When the war was over, Israel was victorious and had gained more land which had formally been occupied by her enemies. (Number of countries involved: 9)

Coalition Forces #3
The Yom Kippur War of October 6-26, 1973, Israel again found herself surrounded by an enemy coalition led by Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Iraq. Other nations played important roles as well. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan and Pakistan assisted with varying degrees of financial aid, ground forces combat pilots and military equipment. Even Cuba and Uganda sent forces to help defeat the Israelis. Israel won an against-the-odds victory. (Number of countries involved: 14)

As you can see, the number of countries involved in all these attempts to destroy Israel has increased each time. Who will be part of the next coalition forces to come against Israel? The list will include Iran, Sudan, Ethiopia, Lybia, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, Armenia, Syria, Lebanon and nothern Jordan.

Although Egypt participated in all three wars with Israel, Egypt will not attack Israel this time. Egypt signed a peace treaty with Israel on March 26, 1979. This peace treaty has set into motion a peace process that has neutralized Egypt as a direct combatant of Israel. This helps set the stage for the war of Gog and Magog, since biblical prophecy does not include Egypt in the list of nations who will attack Israel.

Iraq was also involved in all three wars with Israel, but, like Egypt, biblical prophesy does not include Iraq among those nations who will form a coalition and attack Israel. Up until recently, no one would have believed that Iraq would sit out any war against Israel, but look at what has happened in just the past few years. A cruel dictatorship has been crushed, the people of Iraq have suffered war and terrorism. A brand new democratic government has taken shape, peace and new freedoms are being experienced by the men, women and children of that country. The last thing this newly democratic state will want is to make its people suffer again by being bogged down in another war.  At this point, Iraq’s military and police force are not even strong enough to care for it’s citizens apart from U.S. assistance.

So… biblical prophesy does not include Egypt or Iraq in the war of Gog and Magog, but it does include one new player; a player that’s operated in the background in past wars but who will come to the forefront at the time of this next war.. Russia.

Russia’s influence in the Islamic world is increasing dramatically. Vladimir Putin did not want to give up the presidency of Russia and tried to hold on to his position by having the constitution amended so that a sitting president could hold the office for more than two terms, but his attempt failed. Although he is now Russia’s Prime Minister, it is commonly held that the new president, Dmitry Medvedev, (who was Putin’s protégé) is considered a puppet president and that the true power of the presidency still resides with Putin.

When Putin entered office in 2000, he began rebuilding Russia’s tattered alliances with the Middle East. Since that time, he has mended relationships with Iran, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Algeria and Egypt and other Islamic countries. He has also met with the Palestinian Authority and the Hamas leadership.

But what is the name of the person who may be the one to truly assemble this large coalition of Islamic nations? Vladimir Volfovich Zhirinovsky may be the man to watch. He is preparing to run for the Russian presidency in 2012. His #2 man states that Zhirinovsky wants to be like Stalin and Lenin. He wants to build a coalition; to have power and make Russia number one in the world again. His goal is to rebuild the Byzantine Empire, which would include the countries of Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt… and Israel. Does this list of players sound familiar?

So, one way or another, whoever is in power in Russia, whether it be Putin, Medvedev, Zhirinovsky or someone else, Russia will continue to strengthen it’s relationships with the Islamic world.

Moscow ( – “Russia is the Islamic world’s most reliable partner,” President Vladimir Putin said in Chechnya on Monday, implying that by attacking Russia, terrorists were doing their cause a disservice.

Putin paid a surprise visit to Grozny, capital of the war-torn Islamic region, to address the opening of the first session of the local parliament.

“Russia has always been the most faithful, reliable and consistent defender of the interests of the Islamic world,” he told Chechen lawmakers, to applause. “Russia has always been the best and most reliable partner and ally.”

“By destroying Russia, these people [terrorists] destroy one of the main pillars of the Islamic world in the struggle for rights in the international arena, the struggle for their legitimate rights,” Putin added.

He said the leaders of key Islamic states understood this, which was why the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the Arab League sent observers to monitor recent elections and a referendum on a constitution for Chechnya.

While Western organizations refused to serve as observers, the Arab and Islamic bodies sent delegates and gave the elections their approval.

Expanding on Russia’s ties to the Muslim world, Putin said OIC member states had unanimously agreed to admit Moscow as a permanent observer.

“Recently a delegation of Russian Muslims has been to Mecca to discuss the problems of Muslim world development with their brothers,” he said. “Russia will pursue this policy.”

Russia has a total population of some 144 million, of which more than 20 million are Muslims.

Although the OIC agreed to make Russia a permanent observer, a request from India to join the body four years ago was turned down.

India is a predominantly Hindu country, but its Muslim minority is the second largest Muslim community in the world, after Indonesia, and is much bigger than Russia’s.

Putin’s comments are seen here as the latest step in a strategy to reposition Russia as a strong ally of the Islamic world.
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