Terror Bombings In Middle East Highlight Israel As Safe Haven
bombings in the Middle East.
Israel December 27, 2013
Islamic Jihad, the holy
war against both Jews and Christians, continues throughout the
Middle East. All of the Middle East except for one small democracy
December 25, Christmas Day, Islamic terrorists murdered at least
37 people in three separate Christmas Day bombings in Baghdad.
A car bomb parked next to the Chaldean Catholic Church exploded
after Christmas Mass, targeting Christians at prayer.
are being targeted and massacred from Iran, Pakistan and South
Sudan to Syria, Egypt to the Nairobi shopping mall. As Egypts
Copts have suffered the worst attacks on the Christian minority
since the 14th century, the bad news for Christians in the region
keeps coming. The Taliban suicide bombers murdered at least 85
worshippers at All Saints church, which has stood since
1883 in the city of Peshawar, Pakistan. Christians were also the
target of Islamic terrorists in the attack on a shopping center
in Nairobi, Kenya, that killed more than 70 people. The Associated
Press reported that the Somali Islamic terror group al-Shabab
confirmed witness accounts that gunmen separated Muslims
from other people and let the Muslims go free.
Christian hostages were asked questions about Islam. If they could
not answer, they were shot.
contrast to the Christian massacres taking place throughout the
Mid East and Africa, Israel welcomes Christians and embraces them
for Christmas celebrations.
The safety of Christian pilgrims is no less important than that
of Jews and even Muslims in Israel. Going back a few years, we
can remember that the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem was attacked
and the Christians inside were taken hostage. This writer was
there and remembers how the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) took every
measure to insure the safety of Christian lives and preservation
of this most holy site. Rather than raiding the church, the IDF
set up teams of snipers and took out the terrorists while using
psychological operations to force the remaining terrorists to
because they are Christian.
are pouring into Israel today in record numbers.
tourists to Bethlehem reached a record breaking 2 million in December
2013, up sharply from the 1.18 million recorded in 2012, according
to the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.
Prime Minister Netanyahu encouraged Christians to visit the Holy
Land in his annual Christmas message.
celebrate Christmas with you, we know the importance you attach
to our common heritage, to the State of Israel and to the city
of Jerusalem, where so much of our common history was forged,
Netanyahu said. We have a great past, we have common values,
we have the desire to seize a common future of security, prosperity
Shimon Peres also reached out to the global Christian community.
that it was almost a white Christmas in the country that saw a
major snowstorm only two weeks ago.
A holiday for one religion is a holiday for the whole county,
Peres said. As a state we are responsible for your safety,
freedom and holy sites and for your feeling as free and equal
citizens that carry with them the hope that unites us for peace
and a better world. The Lord is doing what he can but we must
do what we need to do, to follow his wish and our destiny, to
live in peace.
security analyst said: "From the minute that a Christian
tourist books an airline to Israel till he arrives back at the
airport for departure home, we take every security measure to
ensure that their rights as a Christian are being protected. In
other nations in the Middle East, the reaction is just the opposite.
As soon as they arrive in a Muslim country, they are targeted
as an "infidel" for which the Muslim bible, the Koran,
commands their murder."
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