There is a really moving account of fifteen hundred Messianic Christians and Arab believers praying together for nearly five hours in western Galilee at the end of October.I am not one who falls into the trap of believing that everything Israel does politically or otherwise has God’s automatic seal of approval. Romans 11:28 makes it so clear: As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs.

Also worth considering in the context of the eight days of violence in Gaza, is the decidedly skewed media presentation of the whole subject. I watched with incredulity and distress the ferocity with which a BBC newscaster interviewed a senior Israeli spokesperson. No allowance was made for the hundreds of rockets that had been fired into southern Israel over the past few months, or the fact that hundreds of thousands of Israelis have been obliged to sleep every night in bunkers.

Please see particularly this article on the extent to which Israel went to do its best to AVOID civilian casualties.

By contrast, when Syrian shells crossed the border into Turkey the whole world declared Turkey justified in retaliating. The IDF has in fact been taking unprecedented care to avoid as many civilian casualties as it can – a fact that is being inadequately reported.

Whilst we obviously pray for the cease fire to hold, the fact is that none of the underlying problems have gone away. Whatever wrongs the people in Gaza feel, pray for better ways to express them.

Pray for the protection of both the Israeli and Palestinian people”.