In mid-December of 2023, the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (details here) polled over 1200 adults from the West Bank and Gaza during the time of the latest ceasefire. With a 4%+- margin of error, the following are highlights of that poll.
- 72% of those who responded (supposedly random) indicated that Hamas was justified in conducting the October 7th attack on Israeli Jews, which killed over 1200 as well as initially taking 240 as prisoners (details here).
- Further, 95% responded that Israel has committed war crimes.
- 85% stated they had not seen the video which showed Hamas killing Israelis.
- Despite Israel’s declaration of a regime change, 64% of Palestinian respondents continued to believe that at the end of the conflict, Hamas would continue to be in charge of Gaza, and 54% felt Hamas was deserving of that position of power.
- 53% believed that Israel’s main objective in the war was not to eradicate Hamas, but instead, to force the Palestinians from their homeland.
- 70% thought Israel will fail in destroying Hamas, while only 8% believed they would succeed.
Looking Back to See Forward
In early December, following the brief cease fire, 72% of Palestinians polled believed that Hamas was justified in attacking and killing Israelis. With the Jewish state indicating that the conflict will continue for months, displacement, death, hunger, bombing and destruction of the Palestinian homeland will only get worse, as will the anger and desire for revenge by those caught in the middle.
Will there be anyone left with a desire to live in peace and have the resources to rebuild? Will Hezbollah, the Houthi’s, and the countries of Lebanon, Syria, and Iran engage with boots on the ground? Will our government continue to support the Jewish state and, if so, will we stand alone in that effort?
A Biblical Christian Perspective
Those who are theologically dispensationalists (explanation here) will likely continue to support Israel and their right to both protect themselves and exist as a nation. For them, it is not a function of who is right and who is wrong in the conflict. It comes from a view of Scripture that God’s chosen people will return to Him as Messianic Jews (here). However, for those who reject dispensationalism, covenant theology (here) offers a more pragmatic view of the conflict. Whichever is valid, or some combination of the two, the fact remains that this small piece of land, (85 miles by 290 miles), has seen continuous conflict for thousands of years and will likely be the center of the conflict that ends all conflicts.
Revelation 16:16 And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.
Revelation 14:20 And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress, as high as a horse’s bridle, for 1,600 stadia.