Israeli War Update | November 7, 2023

Chris Katulka is assistant director of North American Ministries at The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry and host of The Friends of Israel Today radio program.  He is a Bible teacher, and writer for Israel My Glory magazine and is author of the book, Israel Always.

One month ago today, the terrorist Islamic group known as Hamas, invaded Israel and killed more than 1,400 people.  Israel declared war and has been systematically carrying out its mission to eradicate Hamas once and for all.

In the meantime, rockets continue to be fired into Israel from Lebanon.  Hamas has taken credit for launching rockets toward Tel Aviv.  Jews are also being targeted all over the world, including within the U.S.

Israel’s response to the Hamas attack is called, “Swords of Iron.”  As Chris described it, even with pressure from the global community, Israel’s response in her defense is one where the nation can’t give up.  They can’t do what’s been done in the past such as begin an operation and after that a cease-fire is declared.  They need to make a statement, not only to those who embrace Hamas, but also to Iran, that they will no longer put up with their “proxy” in Gaza.

While rockets being fired from Hezbollah is a concern, Chris believes the biggest deterrent in the north is the presence of the U.S. in the Mediterranean.  This sends a message to Iran and Lebanon, even though we’re seeing attacks on U.S. bases in the region.  He believes Iran may actually be telling Hezbollah to “hold back” and not attack because he believes Iran may be waiting to see the outcome of the war between Israel and Hamas.

Chris indicated that the ground assault shows success thus far as they’ve already encompassed Gaza City, which is the largest city in the Gaza strip.  So right now the largest difficulty is not getting into the area, but instead it’s about rooting out Hamas which has their large tunnel network underneath the city and their recognized headquarters underneath a functioning hospital.   

The details of this ongoing war are many and you’ll hear Chris as he brings you up to date concerning the following: Can we count on the accuracy of casualty numbers?  Are Israeli’s standing behind Netanyahu, the government, or both?  Is the war causing a rise in anti-Semitism around the globe?  Did Arab Israeli’s take up arms like Hamas was hoping they would?  

There’s much more to consider, including views from callers throughout America.

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