Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said recently that international leaders should condemn attacks against Israelis in the occupied West Bank just as they have the bloodshed in Paris. By implication this would include the attack on the Russian jetliner and the hotel attack in Mali as well since all these events were carried out by radical Islamic terrorists. Netanyahu said that the force behind the French attacks was “radical Islam” and said that Israelis, just as the French were “not at fault for the terrorism turned toward them,” according to local media reports. Thus, by implication the Mali hotel attack and the bombing of the Russian jetliner are also equated with the same terror has been plaguing Israel. Netanyahu’s comments came as tensions continue to grow in the West Bank amidst continuing violence and terror attacks that have resulted in numerous Israeli fatalities from rocket attacks, shooting, suicide bombings, and stabbings. Mirroring this sentiment, after the attacks in Paris, French parliament member Meyer Habib told the Times of Israel “The terror in France is the same terror as in Israel, in Jerusalem, in Tel Aviv — every place in the world.” Such sentiment has also been voiced by other world leaders. Two days after the attacks in Paris New York democratic Senator Chuck Schumer stated publicly, “Israel and the Jewish people have been subject to the same type of terrorism since the 70s. And for so long, when it just happened to Israel, the world condoned it…. And, because the world did not rise up, this terrorism, like a cancer, has spread throughout the world.” The only thing that will end terrorism around the world is for each country of the world to undertake a concerted effort to stop the spread of such violence. The Bible warns us that in the last days numerous false prophets will deceive many (Matthew 24:11) and that a hatred for Israel will be seen around the globe (Zechariah 12:3). Yet, we must continue to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6) as well as for those who declare themselves to be our enemies (Luke 6:27-36). Often, the most powerful weapon we have, as Christians, is to pray. – PNL
PRAY: Pray for the leaders of the world to recognize that all Islamic terror is ultimately related and unified in their goals to dominate the world. Pray for the world’s leaders to seriously consider the imminent threat posed by terrorists and to respond in the interest of the safety of all.