Jan 29 2006
A PRIMER on the ELECTION of HAMAS
following primer is from an Israeli Messianic Jewish leader on what
the landslide Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections could mean.
God alone knows for sure, so it is important to make ourselves
humble in seeking Him for how to pray these things through in full
agreement with His perfect will.
non-Israeli believers in Yeshua/Jesus should be looking anywhere
for explanation of what is going on in Israel and enlightenment
as to what it all means, we should be looking to those within the
Israeli indigenous leadership of like precious faith.
is one of those, and one of the most spiritually astute, in my opinion.
We are admonished
in scripture to "pray with understanding." That is not
so easy in an intercessory assignment as complex as Israel where
differences of opinion could not be more plentiful, nor polarized.
Therefore lets keep in mind that the biblical watchmen on the wall
weren't watching for just anything; they were watching for news
from the front! This is that.
Asher has provided here are layers of practical information and
insight to guide spiritual intercessions for Israel in keeping with
the heart of God. I have added bold emphasis of some critical information
to pray about.
Read, study and then pray as the Lord then
Intrater January 2006
This past Wednesday,
January 25, 2006, the radical Islamic party, Hamas, won a landslide
election for the seats in the Palestinian parliament, capturing
80 out of the 132 seats. This election has had complex reasons,
and will have complex results. Here are some factors to
1. One Israeli
correspondent described the choice between Hamas and Fatah (Arafat's
and Abu Mazen's party) as a choice between a snake and a
scorpion. Hamas is made up of "dark fanatics, terrorists
under the cover of the Koran, who have wrapped themselves in a thin
layer of personal integrity and modesty," while Fatah is "plagued
with continuing moral decadence, financial corruption and violence,
crumbling and impotent." (Nahum Barnea, Yediot, Musaf Sabbat,
2. There were
a number of angry reactions within Israel against our intelligence
forces who failed to predict the extent of the Hamas victory.
President George Bush has clarified that the US will not have diplomatic
relations, nor support financially, a Hamas-based government so
long as they hold to their position calling for the destruction
of Israel, the continuing use of terrorism, and the refusal to turn
their weapons over to an official PA militia.
like Hizballah in Lebanon, is supported by Iran, both financially
and ideologically. From the Iranian "Jihad" worldview,
Hamas and Hizballah represent two sides of a "pincer"
movement, squeezing and attacking Israel.
both Hamas and Fatah are Islamic, Hamas is more motivated by Islamic
religion, while Fatah is motivated by liberation politics.
While both Hamas and Fatah support terror, Hamas puts more strategic
emphasis on terror as a means of fighting Israel. While both hate
Israel, Fatah has announced willingness to negotiate with Israel
for a compromise solution, while Hamas has claimed a total denial
of Israel's right to exist.
these ideologies, the most significant factor influencing
so many Palestinians to vote for Hamas was the economic one.
Fatah is seen as corrupt by the average Palestinian, whereas Hamas
is seen as more trustworthy to use funds at their disposal to build
schools, welfare institutions, and social stability. As
much as the Palestinians hate Israel, they are more motivated out
of desperation to provide the basic day-to-day needs for their families.
7. At this
point, a coalition government seems likely, with
Abu Mazen as President keeping control over the Palestinian security
forces (police) and over the diplomatic portfolios (relations with
Israel and other nations), with Hamas controlling the media, education,
treasury, religion, and interior ministries. This will probably
mean a change for the worse in the news broadcasts, the school textbooks,
and an increase in funding for mosques and Muslim propaganda.
8. After the
miraculous victory of Israel in the 1967 "six day war,"
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin (founder of Hamas) sought a new approach for
Palestinian liberation. He began to work with the "Islamic
Brotherhood" to increase the growth of Islam among the Palestinians.
They built daycare centers, school rooms, social clubs, and eventually
the Islamic University in Gaza. Their first acts of violence were
not against Israelis, but against "Western" influenced
Palestinians. On December 14, 1987, Hamas was officially formed.
They adopted the strategy of terror against Israel, and on April
16, 1993, the first Hamas suicide bomber blew himself up at the
Hulah restaurant in the Jordan Valley. In the following years, hundreds
of Israelis were murdered by Hamas suicide terrorists. (Ron Shaked,
Hamas is in favor of "Sheriyah," Islamic religious law,
becoming the law of the state of Palestine. This would
require all women, for instance, to wear cloths covering their head,
hair, and necks. It would demand Islamic education at all schools
and make other religions outlawed. How could this Sheriyah become
law? A simple 2/3's majority of the parliament would be
needed to change the constitution of the Palestinian Authority.
Less than 2/3's majority of a legislation could be vetoed by the
President (Abu Mazen). There are 132 seats. 88 would be
required. Hamas has currently 80. All they would need is another
10. Some armed
factions connected with Fatah have already started to fight the
Hamas control of the government. Armed Fatah gangs clashed with
Hamas youth, both trying to take over the parliament building in
Ramallah. More clashes could be expected between Fatah and
Hamas in the future.
the West has been demanding "democratic elections" in
the Muslim world, what is needed more is democratic "values,"
such as freedom of the press, freedom of religion, civil rights,
independent judiciary, open education, etc. If not, Muslim
forces (like Hamas), which are anti-democratic, will use the democratic
process to take over the government and then end all democratic
rights for the citizens. This is particularly dangerous in Egypt
and Jordan, where the two regimes have been more cooperative with
Israel, yet Egypt's president (Mubarak) and Jordan's king (Hussein)
are not elected democratically. Elections in their countries could
give rise to a more radical Islamic regime, as it did here among
the Palestinians and in Iran.
12. The person
in Israel who has the most to gain from Hamas' victory is Benjamin
Netanyahu. Palestinian terrorism and hatred of Israel usually
causes a reaction among Israeli voters to move more to the right.
Ironically, some Israeli military strategists believe that the Hamas
election might just improve the security situation, in the sense
that the Palestinian position will be more defined. For
the two decades, Fatah has been playing a dishonest game in claiming
that they were refraining from terror and negotiating with Israel,
while all the time, they were allowing Hamas, Jihad and G'dudei
El Aksa to carry out terror attacks. Then Fatah and the PA would
claim that they were not responsible for the terror. If now government
coalition with Hamas sponsors a terror attack, then the Palestinian
Authority becomes directly responsible for the attacks, and thus
stronger military actions can be taken by Israel against the terror.
ironically, some political analysts also see a possibility that
Hamas will be ultimately more able to pull off some sort of agreement
with Israel, which could never have happened while Hamas was in
the opposition. Including them in the government might
make the government more able to take a practical step. The same
is true in Israel, that a right wing government is actually more
able to make concessions, because if a left wing government tried
to make concessions, the right wing would oppose it. By the nature
of being in the opposition, there is a tendency to be more radical;
and when that same opposition group finds itself in authority, their
positions have to be moderated by the practical reality and responsibility
The Hamas election precipitated a meeting this week between Israeli
Knesset members (led by Yuri Stern) and leaders
of all the different streams of Christianity in Israel.
This included Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical
and Christian Zionists (just not Messianic Jewish believers,
of course.) They discussed the need for Jews and Christians
to stand together against Islamic extremism, which seeks both of
14:2 states that "I will gather all the nations to
battle against Jerusalem." Describing this same apocalyptic
event, Revelation 19:19 speaks of "the kings of the earth and
their armies gathered together against Him (Yeshua/Jesus) who sat
on the horse and against His army." At the time of the Second
Coming, the forces of Islam and Humanism will be gathered together
to fight against Israel and against Yeshua. That must mean,
that before this war takes place, true Christians will move closer
in alliance with Israel, and the nation of Israel will move closer
in faith to Yeshua as their Messiah. This double "alignment"
is already started today, for both good and bad. We need to hasten
the good and to bind the bad part of the alignment.
of our concerns in prayer should be the attempt of an Islamic government
to stop the spread of the gospel among the Palestinians.
Let us pray for the true Palestinian Christians to be strong
and continue to be a light for the gospel, despite all opposition
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