Israel is under attack. While celebrating Jerusalem Day, hundreds of rockets were launched against Israel from Hamas. Israel retaliated, and Hamas continued its assault as Israel seeks to defend herself and neutralize the source of the attack. Meanwhile, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is calling on Palestinians to launch an all-out militarized uprising to “Spill Jews’ Blood” and is urging Muslims to target Israeli embassies and Jewish interests in Asia, America, Europe, and Africa. Anti-Jew and pro-Palestinian rallies are being held all over the world.
Crosstalk welcomed back Dr. Jimmy DeYoung who joined Jim with analysis and prophetic insight into this attack. Dr. DeYoung is a student of Bible prophecy and an expert on the Middle East. He leads a ministry, Prophecy Today, and has spent many years living in Israel as well as having led many trips there. He’s a noted conference speaker. He constantly monitors news regarding Israel and the Middle East and provides a unique blend of political, biblical and prophetic insight that is absent from the media today.
According to Dr. DeYoung there’ve been a number of attacks on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. As already noted, they began on Jerusalem Day, the celebration of the reunification of the city of Jerusalem.
Dr. DeYoung detailed the numerous factors that led to the start of violence. This is highlighted by Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority. Seeing that he was going to lose his election, he decided to try to do everything to cancel it, even before the Ramadan holy days began for the Palestinians, and then directed the Palestinian media to incite the people to go to war.
Here are some of the key questions that Dr. DeYoung answered:
- How does the Feast of Pentecost tie into this?
- Does Hamas purposely put their operation centers in heavily civilian areas?
- Has Israel been able to disrupt the tunnel system beneath Gaza city?
- What part does the king of Jordan play in this? How about Lebanon?
- Why is China attempting to broker peace in this situation?
There’s more to learn, and listeners had their say as well, as this Crosstalk focused on the Middle East.