Hamas has been using video of the few hostages they have released smiling and waving at their captors. They have claimed this shows the kidnap victims were treated well, but it is all a farce. One of the videos Hamas released was not edited, and the terrorist could clearly be heard telling the woman who was about to be handed over to “keep waving.” Knowing that many of the hostages still have family members in captivity, it is obviously all a lie…they are doing what they have to do to keep their loved ones alive, but the evil is no less…and we must help.
After weeks of captivity in Gaza, four year old Avigail Idan has returned to her family. Her father, a news photographer had been one of the first to recognize the threat of the Hamas attack. After taking pictures of the terrorists using hanggliders to attack over the border, he rushed home to find his wife already dead, and he himself was killed by the terrorists who attacked the family home. Avigail was one of the more than 240 hostages kidnapped and taken to Gaza. Now she has come home, but as an orphan. This is just one of the heartbreaking stories from Israel, and a reminder that we must continue to stand with and for God’s Chosen People against this demonic hatred.
The latest IDF update revealed that their soldiers in Gaza have located and destroyed 400 tunnels used by Hamas terrorists. Some of these are used for storage of weapons. Others provide a means of moving around undetected by intelligence sources and surveillance above ground. Some were under hospitals, schools, mosques, and apartment buildings. The enemy Israel is fighting is more than happy to put their own people at risk for the sake of killing Jews and turning public opinion against Israel. This is what Israel is fighting, and we must never forget it.
The release of some of the Israeli hostages taken by Hamas and the ceasefire that has stopped the fighting are far from marking the end of the war. The demonic hatred of the Jewish people that sparked the attack remains. Israel is still in the crosshairs, and the Jewish people still need our help. We must not let up in our work to bless and defend God’s Chosen People. They are surrounded by enemies, and together we can do something truly great for God by standing in the gap for their deliverance..
Another Jewish family has been notified that their son was killed in the fighting against Hamas in Gaza. The IDF has had to deliver this awful news to 69 families now, highlighting the cost of survival for the nation of Israel. The Jewish state has had to fight for survival since it was miraculously reborn in 1948. Ever since, courageous young men and women have put their lives on the line for their nation. We are not risking our lives when we support Israel, but we are honoring the sacrifice of those who have…and making sure their loss is not in vain.