GAZA - A top Hamas general says the militant group is preparing for a war with Israel, according to a report from the Times of Israel on Monday. Marwan Issa, the top commander of Hamas’ military wing, said his group has continued to stockpile rockets in anticipation of a war though it is not actively seeking a new round of violence with Israel. “We are not seeking confrontation with Israel, but we continue to strengthen our capabilities by producing more rockets.” Issa’s remarks come amid growing fear in Gaza that the Palestinian territory has become increasingly isolated in the wake of Egypt’s decision to declare Hamas a terrorist organization.
Egyptian troops have destroyed virtually all smuggling tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border in recent months, leading some Gazans to fear increasing hardship, the Associated Press reported. A Hamas spokesman alleged Sunday that Egypt had become a “direct agent” of Israeli interests, urging Saudi Arabia to pressure Egypt to open the border. Hamas’ self-declared attempts to continue building its weapons capabilities were highlighted Monday when Israel filed indictments against three businessmen for allegedly smuggling weapons-making material to Hamas.
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PROPHECY INSIGHTS - There can be no doubt , the Middle East is a tinder box ... ready to explode !!! With Syria entering it's 4th year of chaos ; ISIS rampaging across Syria & Iraq ; Iran's aggressive expansionism across Iraq , Syria , Yemen & Lebanon , as well as the looming threat of a Middle East ' nuclear arms race ' on the horizon as Sunni & Shia nations face off , the region seems to be on the brink of an apocalyptic firestorm. However , the focal point of Arab hatred & emnity is on Israel , typified by the unending hostility of the Palestinians toward the Jewish state. Bible Prophecy provides unmistakable foresight into coming events that will soon catapult these nations into conflict on an unthinkable scale. The Palestinians - together with Syrian fighters ( possibly ISIS ) - will soon launch an attack upon God's people , Israel. Two Bible passages provide clear reference to this coming conflict , but also provide a timely message of hope to the ' meek of the earth ' who witness these events being fulfilled, to respond to his message of salvation , before God's judgments are unleashed upon the nations , most notably the Palestinians.
Isaiah 9v12-13 - The Syrians before & the Philistines ( Palestinians ) behind & they shall devour Israel with open mouth. For all this His ( God's ) anger is not turned away , but his hand is stretched out still. For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them , neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.
Zephaniah 2v3-5 - Seek ye the LORD, all ye ' meek of the earth ' , which have wrought his judgment ; seek righteousness , seek meekness : it may be ye shall be hid in THE DAY OF THE LORD'S anger . . . For Gaza ( Palestinians ) shall be forsaken & Ashkelon ( Palestinians ) a desolation : they shall drive out Ashdod ( Palestinians ) at the noon day & Ekron ( Palestinians ) shall be rooted up.( ALL ancient ' Philistine ' cities ) v5 Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast , the nation of the Cherethites ! the word of the LORD is against you ; O Canaan , the land of the Philistines ( Palestinians ) I will even destroy thee, that there shall be no inhabitant.