EMEU – War Rages in Israel/Palestine

The violent conflict between Israel and Hamas has now claimed the lives of nearly 600 Gazans (estimated 70% civilians) and about 30 Israelis (including two civilians).  Last week, the Israeli military expanded its assault with a ground incursion, which drastically increased casualties on both sides.  Israel’s stated goal for this war is destroying tunnels that Hamas can use for terrorism and stopping rocket fire from Hamas.  Both sides have turned down cease fire proposals.  Israel claims to be warning civilians to leave targeted areas, but in cramped conditions in the Gaza Strip, where would they go?  One interesting twist is that this time around, portrayals in the media aren’t going quite as well as the Israelis would like.

How should the people of God respond to such horrors?
Please keep both people in your hearts as we yearn for war and conflict to give way to peace and understanding.  May the same Jesus who came to break down the barrier between “us” and “them” bring peace and comfort to all who suffer and live in fear.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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