The code name given to the October 7 Hamas attack was Al-Aqsa Flood, named for the mosque built on the Temple Mount. Now, Israeli forces fighting in Gaza are getting ready to unleash a literal flood…pumping water into the terror tunnels Hamas has dug under homes, schools, hospitals, and mosques in Gaza. This flood will wash away their stores of weapons, and force them to come out from below ground. It’s a very fitting way for Israel to respond, and it will go a long way toward reducing the threat Hamas poses.
When the parents of one of the Israeli hostages still being held in Gaza met with the Red Cross, they were hopeful that she would finally get the medication she urgently needs. Instead, they were given a lecture about how bad things are in Gaza and why it is Israel’s fault. “Think about the Palestinian side,” the representatives of the Red Cross told Simona, according to news reports. “It’s hard for the Palestinians, they’re being bombed.” This is disgusting, but it is the way much of the world thinks…and yet another reminder of why we must continue to stand for and with the Jewish people.
Many world leaders have been pushing Israel to allow “safe zones” for humanitarian aid and travel in Gaza during the fighting. This week the IDF revealed that Hamas has been firing rockets from those safe zones where Israel has agreed not to attack. Of course this puts the lives of tens of thousands of Palestinians at risk, but the Jew-haters simply don’t care. This cowardly demonstration of evil hatred tells you everything you need to know about what Israel is facing…and why it is so vital for us to stand with them right now.
At a news conference this week, my friend of more than 40 years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posed a very pointed question of the world. Noting that many Jewish women were abused, raped, and murdered, he asked, “Were you quiet because we were talking about Jewish women?” The world may be silent—or even worse, applaud—what Hamas terrorists at the direction of Iran are doing to destroy God’s Chosen People, but we must not be. It is more important than ever that we make it clear—not just to the nations of the world, but also to the Jewish people that we will never stop standing for and with the nation of Israel.
The wonderful celebration of Hanukkah is almost here, and soon, candles will be lit across Israel and around the world. We are hosting a series of special events throughout Hanukkah at your Friends of Zion Center in Jerusalem. On one of the nights, we will host survivors from the Be’eri kibbutz. We will have special games for the kids and refreshments for everyone. We will gather in the Media Center and light a Hanukkah candle. Everyone will receive a small gift and enjoy a special musical program. None of this can make up for all they have lost, but it will let them know that they are loved and that they are not alone.