IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi on Wednesday ordered troops along the Gaza border to remain on alert for “various scenarios in the region,” the army said, as Israel prepares for what it fears will be a violent weekend, coinciding with the first anniversary of the Strip’s “Great March of Return” border protests.
The Jews were told by God to go in and take the land of Canaan, which eventually they did. In our day, the so-called Palestinians, who are the modern-day descendants of those same Canaanites, work tirelessly at the behest of terror group Hamas to attempt to reclaim the land they feel was taken from them 3,500 years ago.
“Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.” Zechariah 14:21 (KJV)
But the Bible tells us that there is coming a day when Israel shall be fully restored the the original land grant God gave to Abraham, and its boundaries will be massive. That is the day when Jesus Christ will sit on the Throne of David at the Second Coming and rule this world from Jerusalem, and as Zechariah pointed out, the Palestinian Canaanites won’t be allowed anywhere near it.
In the meantime, expect wars and rumours of war, and lots of them. This Saturday could easily begin the start of the 3rd Intifada, or something way worse. Whatever happens, you will read about it here first on NTEB.
Israel and Hamas prepare to square off on anniversary of ‘March of Return’
FROM THE TIMES OF ISRAEL: This week has seen tensions peak between Israel and the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group, with massive exchanges of fire. Throughout these bouts, Egyptian military intelligence has been working to try to broker a ceasefire. Israel is reportedly demanding an end not only to rocket fire but to all violence along the border, including regular riots along the security fence and the launching of airborne incendiary and explosive devices into Israel.
The London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported Wednesday that Hamas conditioned an end to all violence on a wider and more comprehensive agreement to lift the blockade of the Strip, which Israel says is in place to prevent arms reaching the terror group.
Israel has conducted three military campaigns against Hamas, which is sworn to the destruction of the Jewish state, since it took power in a violent coup in 2007 — a small ground operation in 2008-2009, known as Cast Lead; a largely aerial campaign in 2012, known as Pillar of Defense; and the 50-day Operation Protective Edge in 2014, which targeted the terror group’s attack tunnels.
On Wednesday afternoon, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh came out of hiding for the first time since fighting began and visited the rubble of his office, which was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike on Monday night.
In a statement to the press, the chairman of the terror group’s political wing said Israel “got the message” during its latest round of attacks. Haniyeh called on “our Palestinian people in Gaza, the occupied West Bank, and abroad to participate in Land Day (March 30) and take part in the million-man march.”
Palestinian Land Day marks a 1976 decision by the Israeli government to seize thousands of dunams of Arab-owned land in the Galilee region of northern Israel.
Last year on Land Day, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip launched the “Great March of Return,” a series of weekly protests and riots along the security fence. Israel maintains that Hamas appropriated the campaign for nefarious purposes, using the civilian protesters as cover for violent military activities.
The Israeli military is concerned that the one-year anniversary of the first March of Return on Saturday will bring tens of thousands of rioters to the Gaza border threatening to breach the security fence and enter Israeli territory en masse.
Israeli defense officials — as well as Hamas’s political foe the Palestinian Authority — accuse the terror group of encouraging these border riots in an effort to distract from its failures in governing the Gaza Strip, a crowded patch of land with crushing unemployment, limited access to electricity and potable water, and few economic prospects.
On Wednesday, Kohavi visited the Gaza Division, which defends the border area, and met with its commander, Brig. Gen. Eliezer Toledano, along with Southern Command chief Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevi.
“During their situational assessment, the chief of staff demanded the troops be prepared for various scenarios in the region,” the army said in a statement.
The military said that especially applied to the infantry, armored and artillery reinforcements that were recently sent to the region. On Monday, the Israel Defense Forces already deployed two additional brigades to the Gaza border region and called up approximately 1,000 reservists for air defense and other select units. READ MORE
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