The Times Of Israel: “The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Seder, the traditional Passover meal that starts the weeklong Jewish holiday.
Speaking in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh said the attack outside the city of Hebron “brought back life to the path of resistance” against Israel and warned of more attacks in the territory. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest incident to threaten peace talks with the Palestinians.”
Opinion: The terror and treachery from the Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza has roots back to Abraham’s tent and plays out in the book of Obadiah, the smallest book (one chapter) in the Bible.
Obadiah 1:1 begins with this: “Thus says the Lord God concerning Edom.” Edom (Hebrew for red) was the name given to Esau, the twin brother of Jacob.
After Esau sold his birthright to his brother Jacob, he did what God commanded the Jews not to do - marry Canaanite women. In fact these marriages were documented in the book of Genesis 26:35 and Ezra 9.
Ezra 9:2 admonished the Jews for marrying outside the line and mixing the seed of Abraham with idol-worshiping Gentiles: “For they have taken some of their daughters (Canaanite) as wives for themselves and their sons, so that the holy seed is mixed with the peoples of those lands.”
Edom’s followers are called Edomites. The tribe settled in Judea and southern Israel while the Jews were being carried off to Babylon. The descendants of Esau are the same people who inhabit Judea and Gaza, and are called the Palestinians of today.
Obadiah 1:11: ”In the day that you [Edomites] stood on the other side—In the day that strangers carried captive his [Jacob] forces, When foreigners entered his gates And cast lots for Jerusalem—Even you were as one of them.”
God was dealing with the disobedience of the Jews for not submitting to the Sabbath rest of the land. God had warned the Jews that the land must lie fallow every 7th year, even promising a triple harvest in the 6th year. The Jews ignored the prophecies of Moses (Leviticus 26:34-35), Isaiah 39:6 and Jeremiah 6:20 and were sent packing for 70 years.
Obadiah 1:12: “But you [Edomites] should not have gazed on the day of your brother In the day of his captivity; Nor should you have rejoiced over the children of Judah In the day of their destruction; Nor should you have spoken proudly In the day of distress.”
You see, nothing has changed. The descendants of Esau are still at enmity with the descendants of Jacob. The blood feud began 4000 years ago and the only one that can end it is – God Himself.
Obadiah 1:15 brings judgment: “ For the day of the Lord upon all the nations is near; As you have done, it shall be done to you;
Your reprisal shall return upon your own head.”