Jul 18, 2008

One That Calls For A Response

By Jim Hutchens

Gary Bauer, a top Christian Zionist leader said: "Israel's decision to conduct a prisoner exchange with Hizballah, just like any other bargain with terrorists, is destined to encourage more violence against the Jewish state. Israel has unfortunately made a move here that will guarantee more suffering and more deaths and more kidnappings by Israel's enemies."

Bauer went on to blast the international community, which is fond of criticizing Israel over every alleged violation of the rules of war, for failing to take Hizballah to task for using the bodies of Israeli soldiers as bargaining chips and for not allowing its captives to be examined by the Red Cross.

God says: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them. ... When I sharpen my flashing sword and my hand grasps it in judgment, I will take vengence on my adversaries and repay those who hate me. I will make my arrows drunk with blood while my sword devours flesh: the blood of the slain and the captives, the heads of the enemy leaders. Rejoice, O nations, with His people, for He will avenge the blood of His servants: He will take vengence on His enemies and make atonement for His land and people." (Deuteronomy 32:35, 41-43).

The Jerusalem Connection says: Appeasement efforts and gestures of good will on the part of Israel to Jihadists is a proven failure. It is seen as a sign of weakness and will only encourage further attempts of kidnapping. Israel's rationale for the prisoner exchange with Hizballah was that "it was the moral thing to do." On the contrary, the moral action would have been to act in compliance with God's Word, "Whoever sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man" (Genesis 9:6). Samir Kuntar should have been executed when he was captured. Israel's refusal to impose capital punishment for capital crimes is an act of defiance against the God of Israel.