"Fatah Returns to Violence"
Nearly 200 Fatah leaders and Israeli leftists rioted late Wednesday morning near a military prison near Jerusalem and stoned Israeli soldiers and police, wounding two Border Police officers.
The violent riot was in protest of Sunday’s arrest of Abbas Zaki, a senior member of Fatah, led by Palestinian Authority PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Zaki and a dozen others were arrested near Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem after storming an Israeli checkpoint during a march, and he has refused to appear in an Israeli military court.
Abbas recently has told English-speaking media he is against violence but in Arabic media he has encouraged “resistance,” a code word for violence and terrorist attacks.
"Israel 'will not tolerate' continuing Hamas buildup: Sees War as Inevitable"
Israel now considers the prospect of another war with the Hamas regime all but inevitable.
Officials said the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been briefed by the military on the renewed Hamas threat from the Gaza Strip. They said most of the Cabinet agreed that Israel must be prepared for a major operation in the Gaza Strip.
"Sooner or later we will liquidate the military regime of the pro-Iranian Hamas which controls the Gaza Strip," Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said.
Every day we see more and more build-up to war. Whether it is missiles being shipped to Hezbollah, Hamas launching more and more rockets into Israeli cities, rhetoric of war, Israel making threats to send military into Gaza, the Arab League's recent threats, the "Quartet" threatening to impose new borders upon Israel, while dividing Jerusalem --- it is hard to get through a single day without such reports.
The Middle East is moving rapidly towards major inevitable conflicts - conflicts that will reshape the world either during the beginning of the Tribulation, or as a precursor leading into the Tribulation. Either way, it is approaching. As Jesus so passionately warned - we must be ready, by watching and being prepared spiritually (Matthew 24:42, 24:44, 25:13, Luke 21:28, 21:31, 21:36, Mark 13:23, 13:33, 13:35, 13:35, 13:36).
The time is coming - we must follow Jesus' warnings and teachings and do as He said:
"If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: Watch!" (Mark 13:37)