September 3, 2002


There are two men in Israel for whom I have great respect, Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu.  They have a better understanding of how to deal with their Abrahamic cousins to facilitate peace than any of their contemporaries.  It is perhaps unfortunate that the only type of peace that can occur in the Middle East is a false peace.  Nevertheless, these two men know how to being it in.  The Israeli children are now returning to school in Israel and Ariel Sharon, in his address to children on their first day back in class, told them that Israel is “obligated to peace.”  He then stated what I believe is the hallmark of his policy – He said that in order for there to be peace, three things were necessary:

(1)            Knowing how to defend peace.

(2)            Knowing how to protect peace.

(3)            Knowing how to prevent terrorist attacks.

Israel will never accept a peace based on trusting the nations of Islam and/or the Palestinians.  They will only accept a peace based on their personal abilities and expertise to defend it, to protect it, and to prevent terrorist attacks.  They have grown to have tremendous confidence in themselves and little, or none, in the rest of the world.  And they are quite correct in that policy.  It is fully justified historically.  However, this has also extended into their relationship with the God of Israel.  They have little or no confidence in Him.

In order for Israel to actually say they have “peace and safety,” they must first truly believe they have it.  And they will not believe they have it until they are confident they can prevent terrorist attacks.  The continuation of Step 7, which was painted in Prophecy Updates 65A, 82E, and 83D, along with the security fencing, will eventually lead Israel to believe they can prevent terrorist attacks, defend the peace, and protect it.  When this happens, it will not be too long until their having been lulled into a false sense of security will allow a lightening Jihad attack from the north to be successful, and they will find themselves in the Negev with no one to trust except the God of Israel and His only begotten Son.

I Thessalonians 5:3,4 – For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. [4] But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Revelation 12:6 – And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Revelation 12:17 – And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.


Operation Defensive Shield, launched by Israel in 2002, has never really ended, just gone through phases and lulls, which occurred in response to Palestinian and international reaction to it.  The results of it can be clearly seen in the following extract from an excellent article by Arieh O’Sullivan in the Jerusalem Post.  I believe that 2007 will finally see the Israelis with a “Peace and safety” they believe they can control.


Analysis: Terrorists in Distress

By Arieh O’Sullivan, THE JERUSALEM POST  

November 8, 2005

Each night, security forces fan out across Judea and Samaria and detain suspected fugitives. Nearly 1,000 have been nabbed and brought in for questioning in the past few months. While many were eventually released, the arrest of key terrorists has decimated their ranks, particularly in Hamas, who are now suffering from a dearth of local leaders in the run-up to Palestinian elections.

But most of the pressure has been focused on Islamic Jihad, which has carried out three suicide attacks during the so-called truce (Netanya, Tel Aviv and Hadera).

In the past week alone, the Israeli security forces have killed two Islamic Jihad commanders in Tulkarm, another seven in Gaza, and at least five in Kabatiya. The IAF also killed a top Fatah and Hamas terrorist in Gaza.

But the crackdown on the terrorist groups in the West Bank has been so vast and consistent that they are resigned to attempting to sneak in from the Gaza Strip not just know-how, but muscle as wlll.

This was evident in the revelation this week that security forces had nabbed three veteran terrorists attempting to sneak out of the Gaza Strip, through the Sinai and to the West Bank through the Negev.

These three men, members of the Popular Resistance Committees, were not just experts in manufacturing Kassam rockets and explosives, but at organizing active cells and carrying out attacks against Israelis. Their job was to fill the void and set up a military infrastructure in the northern West Bank.

"We are talking of transferring not just brains, but muscle as well," said a senior security official. "They were to be the bridgehead."

According to senior security officials, fewer and fewer people are involved in Palestinian terror. Hamas is refraining from openly staging attacks in order to present itself as a political movement in the lead-up to the elections.

A poll conducted by the PCPO showed that three out of four Palestinians favor the continuation of the "calm" and indicates that the escalation in terror by the Islamic Jihad and Hamas was not supported.

From the point of view of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), Palestinian terror cells like the PRC have gone beyond the world-accepted definition of terrorism that generally defines it as a means for a political end.

"They lack a political agenda other than causing attacks," a senior Shin Bet official said. "The Popular Resistance Committees are the closest to the ideology of global jihad because they don't have a political agenda other than the destruction of the West."

Even if some Palestinian cell does manage to pull off another serious attack, it would be the exception rather than a sign of renewed capability.

Israel never trusted the Palestinians and their various cease-fires, lulls and informal truces. And it is highly unlikely at this stage that Israel will accept any kind of agreement to halt its targeted killings so Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas can declare he will start dismantling the terrorist infrastructure.

Even IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz said that as far as he was concerned it was possible to defeat terrorism through military means. "In contrast to the theory that the army cannot exterminate terrorism, I believe the army can reduce terrorism to the very lowest level," Halutz told The Jerusalem Post last month.

While not promising to bring terrorism to an "absolute zero" level, Halutz said the IDF policy has proven that there was a military answer to terrorism, and we are watching this unfold daily.