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The Meaning of Gaza
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The Israel-Hamas War in Gaza is a complex issue with multiple layers of meaning. All are equally valid.
On the surface level, it is a conflict initiated by Hamas on October 7th, when approximately 3000 Hamas militants broke through the Israeli security fence in 30 places and invaded Israel, causing havoc in 22 villages. Hamas’ goal was not just to kill Israelis and take hostages, but also to spark a wider conflict that would draw in regional players such as Hezbollah, Syria and Iran.
Various commentators have suggested that either Israel got caught with its pants down because of a gross intelligence failure, or conversely, Mossad and the IDF were fully aware of the attack, and allowed it to happen to give them a pretext for a massive campaign of carpet bombing in Gaza.
Either analysis arrives at the same conclusion—that both sides are itching for a scrap. Both sides are fully aware of the dangers of escalation, and both sides feel that a wider regional conflict is the only way to resolve their issues, or further their goals.
A Hamas official, Basem Naim, stated in an interview November 10th, that Hamas knew in advance that the Israeli retaliation would be severe. He used recent events as justification for the attack—such as Jewish settler attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank and the storming of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque by settlers, as fuelling Palestinian rage.
“We knew there was going to be a violent reaction,” Naim said. “But we didn’t choose this road while having other options. We have no options.”
A wider conflict involving Hezbollah, Syria, Yemen and Iran could feasibly draw in the Arab nations, a formidable force. There are 49 Muslim-majority nations that represent 1.8 billion people or 24% of the world’s population. The combined economic might cannot be underestimated, considering it is 18% of the world’s GDP. Parallel to this is their combined military might.
Although Hamas, and the Gaza population it represents, are connected to the greater Ummah (Muslim nations), they are caught in between a geopolitical power struggle on both sides of the conflict that is outside of their mandate.
The Ummah is sympathetic to the plight of the Palestinians. Although Iran, Hezbollah and other militant groups have provided funding, weapons and training to Hamas, thus far, they have been unwilling to fully commit to an armed assault on Israel to free them. This may have all changed on October 7th. Hamas’ gamble may pay off as players such as Hezbollah have already signalled they are ready for a full escalation. See my previous post for more details:
The Last Great Holy War
On a deeper level, that spans centuries of clashing religious ideologies, we can view the Gaza conflict through the lens of the three Abrahamic religions’ End Times prophecies. Each one lays claim to the Holy City, Jerusalem. Each one claims it will be the ruling ideology. Each one awaits the long-anticipated Messiah.
The Koran says Isa (Jesus) will return to conquer the Anti-Christ (Daijjal) and usher in a holy age. In another Hadith, Anas bin Malik narrated that Mohammed said:
“Among the signs that the Last Hour is near, is that the crescent (moon) would appear larger than its actual size and people would say: ‘It appears as if it is only two days old,’ and the masajid (mosques) will be taken as streets, and sudden death will spread.”
All three religions claim that Gog and Magog (the enemies of God) will rise up, and a great Holy War will engulf the Middle East before the Messiah comes. The end of the age will occur during a final great battle. This is a recipe for a global disaster of epic proportions.
Whether you embrace or reject the various interpretations of End Times scripture, there is something compelling in many of the dire predictions outlined in both the Quran and the Bible. The symbolism and imagery of the Book of Revelation may not be the whole truth, and nothing but the truth—however, it may point to the tragic truth about the human condition.
The Whore of Babylon
During the times of the apostles, Babylon was a code word or nickname for Rome. The apostle Peter says in his letter, that he is “at Babylon.” (1 Pet. 5:13) America is the heir or direct ancestor of the Roman Empire and could be considered the modern Babylon of the Bible. The “Whore of Babylon” represents the worldly system of buying and selling goods that overshadows the spiritual world. Israel and its soon-to-appear messianic David are arguably the anti-Christ. All of Christianity is on track to embrace the Messiah David wholeheartedly.
For Christians, the Messiah is divine—Jesus must return again to fulfil the entire lexicon of Bible beliefs, but for Jews, the Messiah is human—and he must restore Solomon’s Temple, defeat the Muslims and the rest of its enemies, and finally, place all of humanity, including Christendom under its boot. The psalmist warned that Israel “will rule them with a rod of iron,” and in the Book of Obadiah: “The house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame; but the house of Esau shall be stubble; they shall kindle them and devour them, and no survivor shall remain of the house of Esau.”
Esau, along with the Ishmaelites are generally considered to be the ancestors of the Arabs, and they are regarded to be the traditional enemies of the Jews. Israel is currently playing on the beliefs of Western Christians to enable their unequivocal support of Israel’s new Holy War against Hamas, Palestine and the greater Muslim Ummah.
The economic disparity between the citizens of Gaza, and those of Israel is in stark contrast. The IMF estimated Israel’s GDP to be $522 billion in 2023, while the combined GDP of West Bank and Gaza was estimated (by the World Bank) to be $20 billion in 2023. In other words, even before the latest round of violence, Israel’s GDP level was more than 26 times that of Palestine’s.
GDP per capita of West Bank and Gaza in 2021 was just $3,460 per year. At $51,800, Israel’s average income level is almost 15 times more than Palestine’s. As a result of the current conflict, Gaza’s economy has plunged into unknown depths of poverty.
The World Bank posted a bleak assessment of Gaza’s financial state, just days before the October 7th conflict:
“Under the baseline scenario, the Palestinian economy is expected to continue languishing under the multi-layered system of Israeli restrictions on movement access and trade in the West Bank, the near-blockade of Gaza, the internal divide, and a reform program lacking conclusiveness and momentum on the Palestinian Authority (PA) side. These constraints will continue to hinder economic activity and discourage private-sector development, preventing the Palestinian economy from reaching its potential.”
Gaza is a microcosm of centuries of Western Empire expansion. Some commentators have called the last century the War Between the Haves and the Have-Nots. The Have-Nots have been systematically losing at the hands of the rich and powerful. The gradual transfer of wealth was greatly accelerated during the 2008 financial crisis, and during the three years of Covid-19, when the billionaire class gobbled up an enormous share of the global market, through the bankruptcies of small businesses during lockdown.
The Meaning of Gaza
The Palestinians are just one of many indigenous people that have been systematically oppressed by centuries of Western colonial expansion. The Israelis want the land, plain and simple, and the Palestinians are in the way of their multi-faceted geopolitical goals for the region. The United States, Israel and the Collective West have long-term goals for oil transit routes, rail and shipping lanes, new canal projects, gas and oil exploration, and ultimately, complete control of the Middle East.
Those who are speaking out about the massacre in Gaza are on the side of humanity. We are not in a war of the left versus the right, as some believe because they think we’re fighting communism, Satan, the Pope or aliens.
The bottom is in a war with the top.
“There is a class war, and it’s my class that is winning,” Warren Buffett famously said. That’s why Gaza is important because it is basically an indigenous Third World community fighting a monolithic global superpower. And that doesn’t mean you have to support Hamas or their choice of violence. Gaza is just a tiny pawn in the game that happens to be in the way of the superpower.
Israel, America and the United Nations have a long, long list of goals and agendas.
The goal of Gaza is to survive.
We have started a Telegram Chat and a Facebook group, covering the war in Gaza:
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