Israeli Killing in Gaza: God’s Commandment

Most news commentators are very careful NOT to condemn the Israeli Army killings in Gaza. Too much pressure from the American Israeli Lobby. And so we watch the ritual slaughter of the Palestinian men, women and children boxed in like cattle awaiting slaughter.

Today I heard one news outlet decry the 17 Israeli soldiers killed over the weekend. At the same time a single family of twenty-three Gazans was extinguished by a ‘precision’ strike by an Israeli missile.

The Bible, however, encourages such action. Smite thine enemy. Smite! Terrible word, but “God” commanded it. Must be good. Must be right. The Bible tells me so.

Here is what God commands about cities that refuse to submit to the Israelites: “Completely destroy them—the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—as the Lord your God has commanded you” (Deut. 20:17).

You and I know what “good” means. If you were a king or general and you ordered the genocide of those tribes—over ten million people, according to the Bible*—would you be considered good?
But you might say that this was wartime, and the rules were different. Yes it was wartime, but the Israelites were the invaders, displacing Canaanites from land they had occupied for centuries. God tells the Israelites to destroy the Amalekites: “Attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants” (1 Sam. 15:3).

What could the infants have possibly done to deserve death?

Moses tells the Israelites that they must kill all of the Midianites, with one exception: “Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man” (Num. 31:17–18).

For the Bible says…

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11 thoughts on “Israeli Killing in Gaza: God’s Commandment

  1. If there was ever a need for a union, it is now with the news organizations. Israel controls the reporters and if they report anything the Israelis don’t like, they get booted. How can we really know what is going on when we’re only told one side? So Congressman Latta, how did you learn about the crisis in the Middle East when you were only shown what Israel wanted to show you and where they wanted to show you? Seems to me you should have at least visited at least one Arab Country.

    And now the rightwing fringe is attempting to rewrite history for us. Did you know that Israel actually has been on ALL of that land for thousands of years? And all this time I thought it had only been there since 1947 in an area drawn up by Great Britain.

  2. WARNING: I’m armed again! I have finally received a new computer. I can
    now resume my “daily” oppositional rants, lol…..

    So…..You write that it is the “Israeli Lobby”. Really? Since when are Boehner, Graham, McCain, Chambliss, and the rest of the ilk, Jews?

  3. Moreover, you write about the killing of civilians. What did the Germans do to the Jews 1932-1945? What did FDR do with the Japanese 1942-1945? What did Lincoln do to the old, women, children, infants of VIcksburg? What did Truman do to the civilian populations of Hiroshima or Nagasaki in August, 1945?

    Now, tell us this. Lets say, Monroe, Mi started attacking Toledo, it should be allowed to fire rockets and tunnel to blow Toledoans up? Has not Israel accepted the recent Egyptian truce fires not once but twice in the last 10 days? Did not Israel track down the killers of the Palestinian murdered youth, capture them, and have them under arrest for murder?

      1. Then, don’t complain about Israel! It’s about security and protection of one’s State/nation. Don’t think religion or the Bible has anything to do with
        it on the Israeli side.

  4. De Facto and de Jure, NON, Israel is a sovereign country. Recognized as so by the Unite Nations. Same as all the countries of the Middle East, the Balkans, and Afrika.

  5. TO ALL COMMENTORS HERE: Have you not noticed that ALL news reports are filtered by the Israeli government? Maybe some people have been living in Mississippi too long.

    1. Well,it’s a war zone. Anyways, what is being filtered? Last evening, Hays of ALL IN had a long segment of an interview ON AIR from the WestBank
      with a Palestinian peacenik agitator conducting a “20,000+” march on Jerusalem’s WestBank with accusations that the Israeli Army were beating and Shooting the demonstrators. Live broadcst NON, and not onFOX, but MSNBC!

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