13 About forty thousand prepared for war passed over before the Lord unto battle, to the plains of Jericho.
14 On that day the Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel; and they feared him, as they feared Moses, all the days of his life.
15 And the Lord spake unto Joshua, saying,
16 Command the priests that bear the ark of the testimony, that they come up out of Jordan.
Jerusalem (CNN) — Israel intercepted a rocket fired at Tel Aviv on Tuesday and killed militants who stormed into Israeli territory, the military said, as people on both sides of the Gaza border were living under a barrage of attacks from the air.
In a dramatic escalation of the conflict, militants fired more than 130 rockets at Israeli civilians, Israel said. Palestinians reported 24 people in Gaza were killed and more than 150 injured in Israeli airstrikes. Israel said it targeted about 150 “terror sites” in Gaza.
The warning sirens that blared in Tel Aviv, one of Israel’s most populated areas, showed a threat Israel had warned of. The country said militants’ rockets from Gaza are powerful enough to reach 3.5 million Israeli citizens. “Hamas will pay a heavy price for its vicious attacks on millions of Israeli civilians,” the Israel Defense Forces said on Twitter.
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“No nation would accept constant rocket fire. Neither will we,” the IDF said, using the hashtag #ItMustStop.
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Islamic Jihad, another Palestinian militant group, took responsibility for the rocket fired at Tel Aviv. In a statement, the group called it a “response to the ongoing Zionist aggression.”
Hamas controls Gaza. Israel has said it holds Hamas responsible for the actions of militant groups inside the territory.
Hamas, on Twitter, used the hashtag #Gazaunderattack and warned, “Retaliations are coming, it is a matter of time.”
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Hamas later claimed responsibility for firing rockets on Jerusalem and Haifa. Three explosions sounded just west of the capital. There were no immediate reports of casualties.
“The occupation started this aggression and it must pay the price. We will be the ones to define the cost of the bill,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum posted on his Facebook page.
The possibility of an Israeli incursion into Gaza loomed, with the Cabinet authorizing the military to call up 40,000 troops if needed — 10,000 more than were called up during Israel’s offensive into Gaza in November of 2012. Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, a military spokesman, said that only about 1,000 have been called up so far. He referred to “possible ground maneuvers.”
Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz told CNN a ground operation “might become necessary.”
But it was Hamas that claimed responsibility for “storming” into Israeli territory Tuesday. Hamas-controlled television reported “from the heart of the battlefield” that a group of its “commandos” was “conducting its duties in Zikim Zionist military base according to plan.”
Zikim lies just north of Gaza and south of the Israeli city of Ashkelon. The group of militants tried to enter Zikim through the water, Israeli media reported. Israeli soldiers spotted the divers in the water and called in an infantry force, Israel’s Channel 10 reported. An exchange of fire ensued.
Israel responded by infantry, air force, and navy, Lerner said. Five attackers — armed with Kalashnikoves and hand grenades — were killed, the Israel Defense Forces said. One Israeli soldier was lightly wounded, and the situation was ongoing as of Tuesday evening on the beach near the military’s base in Zikim, he said.
Meanwhile, Hamas said it blew up a tunnel under Karem Shalom, an Israeli town near Gaza’s southern border. The town’s residents were ordered to turn off all lights in their homes, Channel 10 reported. Israeli aircraft hovered above and fired toward Gaza, the station said.
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Among the dead in Gaza was Mohammad Sha’aban, a leader of Hamas’ militant wing, Palestinian sources said. Israel confirmed that Sha’aban, “a senior Hamas terrorist,” was killed. Another militant was killed in an Israeli airstrike on an open field in Gaza.
Several Palestinians were killed in an airstrike on a Gaza rooftop. Palestinian medical sources told CNN the death toll was 10, but then lowered it to seven. Official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that six were killed. Those killed were forming a “human shield” on the roof of a home belonging to members of Hamas’ militant wing, Palestinian sources said. Two were children, WAFA and Palestinian medical sources said.
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The home was near another home belonging to the same Hamas members that Israel struck Monday night, Palestinian sources said.
Palestinians said another of the 24 killed was a child who died of wounds after an airstrike on a motorcycle.
The Israeli military, on Twitter, said Hamas “uses Palestinians as human shields when firing rockets at Israel.” The tweet included a photo of what Israel said showed Hamas “caught firing a rocket” from a civilian area.
Israeli warnings: Stay away from Hamas
A CNN producer was among those who received an automated phone call from the Israeli military. It warned people in Arabic to stay away from members of Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza and not to cooperate with them “because they are risking your lives.” The message told people not to use their homes to store arsenals for terrorist groups. “Anyone who is present in these buildings risks their lives.”
On Monday, Israel dropped fliers telling residents that terrorist groups and those who smuggle weapons continue to hide among residents even though they know they are “always a target for the Israel Defense Forces.” It warned that those activities create dangers for residents and their children. The fliers provided phone numbers and e-mail addresses for Gazans to secretly provide information about militant activities.
The Israeli military’s Operation Protective Edge against Hamas is part of an effort “to restore a state of security,” Lerner, the Israeli military spokesman, told CNN on Tuesday.
Teens’ deaths sparked new violence
Tensions in the region reached a fever pitch after three Israeli teens, including one dual U.S. citizen, on their way home from school in the West Bank were kidnapped last month. Israel blames Hamas. Their bodies were found last week.
Later in the week, a Palestinian teen was abducted and then found dead within an hour in Jerusalem. Israel has arrested suspects and says there’s “strong indication” it was a revenge killing. Amid clashes in the days following, the Palestinian teen’s American cousin, who was visiting, was beaten by men in Israeli security uniforms.
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Israel also announced a confession in the May killing of another Israeli Jewish teen. The suspect is an Arab resident of northern Israel, and police believe the attack was fueled by Palestinian “nationalism.”
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who was criticized by Palestinians when he condemned the Israeli teens’ kidnappings, called on Israel on Tuesday to immediately stop its strikes, warning the operation would drag the region into instability.
Abbas said a truce was needed to “spare the innocent from mass destruction.”
And presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah accused Israel of carrying out an “open massacre” against children, women and the elderly, WAFA reported. He said Israel is making a “decision to expand the war,” which he said will drag “the region into a spiral of bloody violence” that “will burn everyone.”
Israel says the aim of its offensive is to strike Hamas in Gaza and stop rocket fire into Israel that threatens civilians. Hamas is estimated to have 10,000 rockets of varying ranges, Lerner said, including some that can reach as far north as Tel Aviv and beyond.
Israel confirmed that a rocket hit the city of Hadera, which is some 62 miles (100 kilometers) from Gaza.
“They have substantial armaments which can strike the soft underbelly of Israel,” Lerner said.
He said the Israel Defense Forces’ position had changed from focusing on de-escalation to preparing for a deterioration of the situation.
‘Red lines’ crossed
The conflict between the two sides has worsened in the past few days.
“The enemy has crossed the red lines and will be made to pay the price for its crimes,” Mushir Al-Masri, a Hamas leadership figure and member of the Palestinian parliament, wrote on his Facebook page Monday. “The blood of our martyrs is precious … and is fuel for the intifada and the resistance.”
After that statement, the barrage of rockets from Gaza into Israel increased, with Hamas claiming responsibility.
The conflict is creating strains within the governing coalition of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, said in a news conference Monday that he told Netanyahu of his intention to dissolve his party’s joint faction with Netanyahu’s Likud party, saying it was “not working.”
Lieberman criticized Netanyahu’s handling of Gaza.
Tensions are also increasing between Hamas, which controls Gaza, and the more moderate Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —
Friends of Judith Henry and Denise Rickman are working to raise money to send their bodies back to Jamaica with their family.
Anthony Robinson describes his friend, Denise Rickman, as charismatic.
“It was just cool to be around her,” he said.
It’s been more than a week, and he’s still having a hard time comprehending someone killed his Mandarin High School classmate and her mom, Judith Henry.
“You have to be a real barbaric and terrible person to do something like this,” he said.
Rickman, 17, and Henry, 41, were found dead inside their home on South Shady Pine Street on June 29. Police haven’t released any information about how they were killed or who might have done it.
But through a public records request from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Action News learned police were called to the home that day in reference to a person being shot.
“I’m very surprised that no one has been arrested because in such a quiet neighborhood like that, I’m just wondering how no one heard or saw anything,” said Robinson.
JSO was also called to the home June 2 to investigate a burglary. Police stop short of connecting the two crimes.
“Her family wants her to be buried where she was first born and where her mother grew up,” said Robinson.
That place was Jamaica. So Robinson is helping to spread the word about a website set up by friends to raise money to reunite Rickman and her mom with their family. So far, they’ve raised more than $2,000.
“We just want to thank everyone who’s been donating,” said Robinson.
Funeral services for Henry and Rickman are set for Wednesday at First Chronicles Baptist Church on West 30th Street. The viewing begins at 10 a.m.
Friends of Rickman’s are also planning a candlelight vigil in her honor Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the track at Jefferson Davis Middle School.
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A 22-YEAR-OLD self-proclaimed Chitungwiza prophet was arrested on charges of raping a 17-year-old girl whom he said had nyora (incision marks) in her womb which needed cleansing.
Tafadzwa Ushe denied rape charges when he appeared before Chitungwiza magistrate Estere Chivasa on Tuesday.
The incident took place in Masona village in Seke.
It is the State’s case that on June 11 this year at around 9am, the 17-year-old girl from Mude village went to Ushe’s church in Masona for spiritual healing.
Ushe then instructed the complainant to go and buy an egg to be used in the healing process. But when she got back he was not around and had to wait for his return.
When they reached the bushes, Ushe instructed the complainant to break the egg and to remove her pant, but she refused.
The court heard that Ushe then took a cloth and covered the complainant’s mouth making her dizzy and he raped her once.
Do not become like where you came from
I have come to the grand conclusion that all battles that we experience during the course of our lives are
embedded with lessons, all in an effort to change the way that we think with the goal of preparing us for where we’re going.
This is so because our current way of thinking cannot appreciate were we are about to be taken. Therefore, our challenges are specifically engineered by God to disrupt and dismiss our polluted way of thinking in order to prepare us for where we’re going.
Unfortunately, we become so consumed by the agents or instruments of our battles that we over look why this battle has come about in the first place.
Case and point, Joseph the dreamer, was hated by his brothers. Sold into slavery, became the head of Potiphar’s house, falsely accused of rape, sent to prison, eventually became in charge of the prison, then finally promoted to being second in charge of all Egypt.
The point I am attempting to get to is that if you read his story there is nowhere in his story that he became caught up or should we say distracted by the agents of his oppression. In fact the lesson/oppression that he experienced not only prepared him for leadership but more importantly conditioned his mind in such a way that after his trials HE COULD NOT HATE HIS BROTHERS WHO CAUSED HIM TO BE IN HIS OPPRESSED POSITION IN THE FIRST PLACE.
His story goes on to reveal that after he would have revealed himself to his brother in his elevated state he fell upon his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, moreover he kissed all of his brother and wept with them, Genesis 45:14-15.
Question! How do you love someone that has done you wrong, how do you appreciate others after they have put you through so much hell?
Well, my friend it can only come through the conditioning of the mind via the lessons that are being afforded us during our challenges. Nevertheless, you must see it from this perspective in order to appreciate it from this perspective.
Again, the key to this perplexing dilemma is that you must focus on the fact that what is happening to you is for a reason with the intent of preparing you for your season. This way of thinking causes you to understand that the characters involved in your oppression have no idea of how much they’re playing an important part in your development for greater. In fact without them the purpose of what you’re going through cannot be complete.
The biblical account of Joseph revealed that after his father died, his brothers thought that Joseph would exact revenge on them for what they had done to him. However look at what Joseph said to his fearful brothers, “And Joseph said unto his brothers, fear not for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring to pass as it is this day to save much people alive. Now fear not for I will nourish you and your little ones. And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them Genesis 50:15-21.
I want to encourage someone this morning that I am aware that it seems almost impossible to forgive someone that has set you back in life or hurt you in such a way that it feels almost impossible to forgive them. However, I promise you that your connection with this person, group or place is not by accident and far greater than your pain. As with Joseph, it was after his testing that he understood the reason for his pain, thus causing him to not hate his oppressors because the truth is those folks were apart of advancing him to where he was going.
If you are still in a position where you hate those that have done you wrong or you’re still bitter against them, then this is a clear indicator that you’ve missed the purpose behind your lesson. Even worse, whom ever you were being conditioned to deliver or whatever position you were being conditioned to fulfill, you will now treat others the way you were treated.
My words of wisdom to you are to allow your challenges to renew your mind because its purpose is to ultimately change the way that you think so that you don’t pollute where you’re going. Do not place your focus on the negative to become negative instead let the negative be the symbol of what you should not be like.
Written By: Kevin L A Ewing