It was inevitable. After weeks of purposefully endangering their lives, the people of Gaza are starting to turn against Hamas.
Hamas has brutally ruled Gaza since it took control in 2005. Every two or three years it attacks Israel. In its most recent conflict, as it did in the past, the terrorist organization is purposefully launching its rockets from Gaza suburbs and even hospitals hoping Israel’s retaliatory strikes would result in human casualties or at the very least destroy people’s homes.
According to a report by the Associated Press, Gazans are starting to openly criticize Hamas. This is a very rare move and extremely dangerous as Hamas, similar to its ISIS cousins in Iraq, will kill fellow Muslims with little provocation. The lucky ones who criticize Hamas’ are thrown in jail.
The AP article stated:
“Hamas has ruled with an iron fist since it took over Gaza, expelling the Western-backed Palestinian Authority. It does not tolerate dissent, detains critics and carries out extrajudicial executions of alleged spies for Israel. It has filled government departments with loyalists and is particularly intolerant of any criticism of its handling of the conflict with Israel. It seeks to block unauthorized media coverage of its military wing.
In almost every square and major intersection in Gaza City, giant billboards extoll the battlefield valor of Hamas fighters, their quest for martyrdom and their locally manufactured rockets. Al-Aqsa television, the organization’s 24-hour news channel, tirelessly airs Hamas propaganda and reports news with a Hamas-friendly slant.”
So if some are willing to criticize Hamas publicly, thousands more are thinking it without saying anything out of fear of retribution.
The article pointed out that a recent rally in Palestine, ordered by Hamas in support of Hamas, only had between 2,000 to 3,000 people in attendance. In propaganda terms, this was a massive failure. More people turn out for rallies supporting Hamas’ in cities in Europe and North America. Of course, non of those participants have ever lived under Hamas.
The AP article was unusual in another way. On one hand the people insisted they support the Hamas resistance, but then on the other spoke about how people had a better life and jobs when Israel controlled Gaza.
A CBC article by Derek Stoffel similarly noted a growing criticism of Hamas by the people of Gaza.
The reporter who interviewed several Palestinians said:
But there are those who, in private at least, are critical. The businessman said it’s clear that Hamas was firing rockets from populated areas, putting the lives of Palestinians at risk.
The article also spoke about allegations of financial corruption in the Hamas leadership which has angered the Palestinians, who are considered among the most impoverished groups in the world.
This past spring, the Palestinian party, FATAH, accused Hamas of lining its pockets claiming there are 1,700 millionaires among Hamas leaders as they funnel aid, intended to better the life of Palestinians, into their own bank accounts.
A remnant of Edom will be saved
There is an interesting passage in Amos 9: 11-12:
“In that day I will raise up the fallen booth of David,
And wall up its breaches;
I will also raise up its ruins
And rebuild it as in the days of old;
12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom
And all the nations who are called by My name,”
Declares the Lord who does this. (Amos 9:11-12 NASV)
It speaks of a day when a remnant of the gentiles would come into Israel. The leaders of the early church, which is simply a continuation of believing Israel, used this verse to explain the moving of the Holy Spirit on the gentiles (Acts 15:13-18.) But notice how verse 12 in Amos speaks of both a remnant of the nations (literally gentiles) and a remnant of Edom being added to Israel.
Why is Edom treated separately from the nations?
Esau was the fraternal twin brother of Jacob. His descendants went on to form Edom (Genesis 36:1). This nation became a staunch enemy of Israel.
In Psalm 83, they are at the front of a list of the nations who wanted to see Israel destroyed:
They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation,
That the name of Israel be remembered no more.”
5 For they have [e]conspired together with one mind;
Against You they make a covenant:
6 The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites; (Verses 4 – 6 NASV)
One of the goals of Hamas — stated in its charter — says exactly the same thing. It reads:
“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”
As the Jews are the natural descendants of Jacob, some of the people living in the Middle East are descendants of Edom, many of whom would later embrace Islam after it was introduced in 600 AD.
The Bible is clear, a remnant of the Edoms will turn to God and accept Jesus. This move could be significant as Edom is specifically selected from all the nations for special consideration.
Is it possible, this move of God may happen as these people start to reject the brutality of their extremist leadership?