Palestinians involved in stabbing attacks in Jerusalem: another intifada?

Certain Palestinians have taken to the use of stabbings to attempt to protest in Israel:

October 14, 2015

Israeli police say they have foiled a stabbing attack, killing the assailant as he tried to stab a security guard just outside an entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City.

Police officials say no Israelis were wounded in the incident Wednesday, the latest in a wave of attacks that have inflamed Israeli-Palestinian tensions.

The violence comes as Israel began deploying hundreds of troops in cities across the country to help police counter a flurry of Palestinian stabbing and shooting attacks on Israeli civilians and soldiers.

The move is the first implementation of measures decided upon by Israel’s Security Cabinet to combat the attacks. The Cabinet also announced Wednesday it had authorized police to seal off “centers of friction and incitement in Jerusalem.”

Many of the recent attackers have come from Arab areas of Jerusalem, and while much of the violence has taken place in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, the attacks have also spread to other areas of Israel.

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday the government will revoke the permanent residency rights of terrorists and will confiscate the property of those who carry out attacks.

‘Escalating Tensions’

The month of violence reached its deadliest day Tuesday with at least three Israelis killed.

Two Israelis were killed Tuesday when a Palestinian with a gun and another with two knives attacked passengers on a Jerusalem bus. Israeli security forces on the scene shot one of the attackers and wounded the other.  …

Elsewhere in Jerusalem, a man crashed a car into people at a bus stop, then got out of the vehicle and began stabbing pedestrians. One person was killed and several were injured. That attacker was also shot.

A third attack took place in Raanana, just north of Tel Aviv, where authorities said an assailant stabbed a civilian at a bus stop before being subdued by others and detained by police.

More than a dozen Israelis were wounded in the three attacks.

Another intifada brewing? Israel calls in troops to try to stop escalating violence

October 14, 2015

Israel’s military deployed hundreds of troops Wednesday to help police trying to stop a wave of deadly Palestinian shooting and stabbing attacks that have triggered panic across the country.

Police also say they foiled an attack outside Jerusalem’s Old City, shooting and killing the assailant as he attempted to stab security forces. Eight Israelis and 30 Palestinians– including 13 identified by Israel as attackers — have died in a month of unrest, with dozens of other people wounded.

The government has thus far been unable to stop the violence. Israel says the attacks have been fueled by what it calls rampant incitement against Jews and Israelis on social media spread by Islamic groups and the Palestinian leadership.

Israeli police said 300 soldiers had already been incorporated into their deployment on the streets of east Jerusalem, where many of the assailants are from.

Last week, I added this to an article about Palestine and Gaza:

A new generation of angry, disillusioned Palestinians is driving the current wave of clashes with Israeli forces . . . some say they want to emulate those killed or wounded in confrontations or attacks on Israelis – like Mohannad Halabi, the 19-year-old law student from the West Bank who stabbed to death two Israelis in Jerusalem’s Old City on the weekend before being shot by police.

“We are all impressed by what he has done,” said Malik Hussein, the 19-year-old friend and fellow law student at Quds University near Jerusalem. “The day after the attack, university took to the streets and clashed with Israeli soldiers. Mohannad’s way is the only way to liberate Palestine.” (Daraghmeh M, Laub K. Disillusioned Palestinian youth drive unrest. National Post, October 7, 2015, A1)

Of course, the solution to Palestine and Jerusalem is not war and terrorism, but the return of Jesus Christ and the establishment of thekingdom of God.  Malik Hussein and others should, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6).

Despite its claims and hopes, a type of temporary ‘peace deal’ is expected according to Bible prophecy (cf. Daniel 9:27).

Daniel 9:27 seems to be discussing some type of peace deal that the Europeans will either propose or at least one leader from Europe will endorse (see also The ‘Peace Deal’ of Daniel 9:27).

Biblical prophecy teaches that the Palestinians of Gaza and the West Bank will support confederations which will not end well in this age (cf. Daniel 11:40-43; Ezekiel 30:2-9). They will, for a time, believe that they will be protected by a temporary ‘peace deal’ (Daniel 9:27) that will not end well (Daniel 11:31,40-43) according to biblical, and even Islamic prophecy.

That being said, Jesus will come and straighten this world out (Revelation 19-20)... 

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