Jan 21, 2009

The Way Of The Philistines

By Joseph Farah

Let me tell you how it ends in Gaza.

It doesn't end with a cease-fire.

It doesn't end with a new breathtaking round of diplomacy.

It doesn't end with new elections and new peace plans or with foreign peacekeeping troops on the ground.

It doesn't end any of those ways.

Here's how it ends in Gaza:

Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza also shall see it, and be very sorrowful, and Ekron; for her expectation shall be ashamed; and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited. And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines. – Zech 9:5-6

For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up. – Zephaniah 2:4

And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD. – Amos 1:8

The inevitable path of the suicidal terrorism of Hamas is the destruction of its own people. The handwriting is on the wall. The pride of the Philistines is about to be cut off.

Now let's recall how it started.

Israel captured the Gaza Strip in 1967 in the Six-Day War. It captured Gaza not from the Palestinians or Philistines or Hamas or Fatah. It captured Gaza from Egypt.

Interestingly, in all the years leading up to 1967, there was never an effort to claim Gaza as part of a new Palestinian state. There were efforts by Israel to give back part or most of the Gaza Strip to Egypt, but Egypt would have no part of it.

Israel settled a small piece of Gaza, turning the desert wasteland into some of the most productive farmland in the Middle East. But the presence of any Jews in Gaza was determined to be unacceptable by the warlords of Hamas. So the Jews granted the anti-Semites their wish and forcibly cleansed Gaza of all the children of Israel.

Some warned Israel that this kind of appeasement would only lead to more terrorist violence from Gaza. But the Jewish state didn't listen.

No sooner had the Jews been evacuated from Gaza then the rain of rockets on nearby Israeli towns began. The more Israel tried to ignore the violence, the more it increased.

Three weeks ago, Israel had enough. The Jewish state conducted surgically precise air, sea and land attacks on one of the most heavily populated areas of the world in an effort to remove the threat of violence Gaza posed to neighboring Jewish towns.

Now the shooting has stopped – for the moment.

But this is not the end – though I believe the end is near.

Ironically, in ensuring that no Jews would ever be allowed to live in Gaza in the future, the Arabs sealed their own fate.

If I were an Arab in Gaza, I would be praying that the Jews would be coming back soon. But there are few Arabic prayers being uttered like that in Gaza today.

They still don't see how the death and destruction they witnessed so intensely in the last three weeks was self-inflicted. They don't understand that their irrational hatred of the Jews is perpetuating their own annihilation. They don't get how these prophetic words written thousands of years ago apply to the people of Gaza, not during the time of the extinct Philistines, but today – right now.

Time's running out for the so-called "Palestinians."

They are about to go the way of the Philistines.