Trend Update: Israel & Palestinians Exchange Missiles in Gaza Strip, March 2017

Ezekiel 25:15-17 Thus says the Lord God, “Because the Philistines have acted in revenge and have taken vengeance with scorn of soul to destroy with everlasting enmity,” therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I will stretch out My hand against the Philistines, even cut off the Cherethites and destroy the remnant of the seacoast. I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes; and they will know that I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance on them.”

Philistia or the Philistines are the people who make up what is the modern day Gaza Strip. This group is associated with Hamas and Sunni Muslims. If the United Nations gets it way, this will be part of the future nation of Palestine.

The reference to the Cherethites is thought to be a group of people from the island of Crete. Historically, they relocated to Philistia. At one time, the Cherethites were security for King David of Israel. The name in the Hebrew means “executioners”.

March 1, 2017: In the last few days, Israel has launched airstrikes against Palestinian resistance factions in the northern and central Gaza Strip. The airstrikes are in response to Palestinian rockets being fired into Israel. Rocket fire into Israel has been noted over the past couple of weeks.

Rockets fired into Israel by the Palestinians have not caused damage or injuries. Ordinance fired into the Gaza Strip by Israel has hit designated targets with destruction and injuries.

“We will not allow Israel to continue targeting resistance positions in Gaza. These moves are intended to escalate the situation,” Hamas said in a statement.

“Hamas will not accept the imposition of a new [military] equation on the Palestinian resistance,” the statement read.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “We are not ready to accept any drizzle of rockets. We will respond to every [rocket] fired into our territory. That is what we did today and that is what we will also do in the future.”

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman stated, “We have no intention of continuing to absorb sporadic fire [from the Gaza Strip]. Hamas must take responsibility and relax.”

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