Early in the pre-dawn hours on Saturday, October 7th, fifty years to the day of the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Hamas unleashed an unprecedented attack on Israel.  One source said, “They were more successful than they could have imagined.” In his response Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared, “We are at War!” 

The figures bear that comment out:

The Casualties: The Hamas attack has left over 800 Israelis dead, which equates to 25,000 Americans. In a disturbing incident, 250 Israelis were killed at an outdoor event. One attendee stated, “They were executed.” Seventy-three fatalities so far from both the military and police force, including Colonel Jonathan Steinberg commander of the Nahal Brigade, and Colonel Roi Levy, commander of ‘Ghost’ Unit, are the most senior officers killed in the attack.

The Wounded: Over 2,500 Israelis wounded in the attacks with everything from mild to serious injuries.

The Hostages: About 150 hostages taken, including women, children, elderly, and soldiers.

The Military Response: Named “Operation Swords of Iron,” 350,000 reservists have been called up for service. However, more civilians have come to do their part in defending Israel and will probably have to return home. The Israel Air Force (IAF) attacked over 1,100 terrorist targets. General Amir Aviv (Res.) said that Israel has regained control of southern Israel and the Negev, with pockets of Hamas fighters still active, “Rockets continued into the night Sunday, aiming at Jerusalem.”

The attack has unleashed both unbelievable devastation, but also unbelievable resolve.

You can help Israel during this time by donating to The Friends of Israel Relief Fund either online at foirelief.org or calling 800-257-7843. Above all pray that God would bring peace and His strong hand to bear on this attack. As the psalmist said, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling” (Psalm 46:1-3). The God of Israel Lives and the People of Israel Live! Amen and Amen!

(Source: The Times of Israel)