Gaza Conflict

Palestinians Are Causing Their Own Suffering, Not Israel: A Discussion About the Gaza Conflict

26 February 2024

4.6 MINS

Understanding the Gaza Conflict means acknowledging an unpopular truth: Palestinians are responsible for everything that is happening to them.

Up front, I am a Zionist! To some this may be a controversial statement for a Christian leader to make. Let’s consider what it means: A Zionist is simply someone who supports the idea of a Jewish nationalist movement that has as its goal the creation and support of a Jewish national state in the ancient traditional homeland of the Jews (Hebrew: Eretz Yisra’el, “the Land of Israel”).

It is time to get the facts regarding the root of the Israel-Gaza conflict. So, here is a short summary that hopefully will clear up some misconceptions.

Palestinians are still whining about a war they lost 75+ years ago (1948-1949) and are unable to move on. Imagine if Germany would still bombard Russia and Poland daily out of spite for losing WWII. Every nation moved on from losing wars — even Egypt and Jordan. But not Palestinians.

Theodor Herzl: The Father of Zionism

Theodor Herzl talked about returning to the homeland of the Jewish people, and he advocated doing this by buying land from Arab sheikhs, which Jews did.

This is what Theodor Herzl said:“It goes without saying that we shall respectfully tolerate persons of other faiths and protect their property, their honour, and their freedom with the harshest means of coercion.”

Now what did the Arabs do? They committed multiple massacres against Jewish immigrants, which naturally led to radicalisation from the Jewish side, which is why militias like Haganah and Irgun emerged. Did Palestinians really think they could get away with murdering and massacring Jews for decades? What happened in 1948 was very much a story of reaping what you sow.

But What About the Balfour Declaration?

Nothing in the Balfour Declaration implies or suggests that there was any kind of colonisation master plan to expel Arabs. Also it was literally just a letter, and this is what was written: “It being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed in any other country by such Jews who are fully contented with their existing nationality.”

The State of Play in 1967

Now fast forward to 1967. The “Palestinian” land is controlled by Egypt and Jordan — Palestinians never owned the land or had sovereignty. Israel won again and legally annexed territories (from Egypt and Jordan) just like any other country during a war. Now, pro-Palestinians would like you to think that Israel has been brutally occupying, oppressing, and killing Palestinians between 1967 and 1987 (the year Hamas was founded), which is false. There is zero evidence that Israel was targeting Palestinians during this period. These are just lies common in Muslim nations to demonise Jews.


There is no occupation. They have their own governments (albeit dysfunctional and corrupt) in Judea/Samaria (the West Bank) and in Gaza. They are not living in a prison. The wall around Gaza is on Israeli soil and it was built in response to terror attacks. Gaza receives millions of dollars each year and Hamas leaders are billionaires. Not to mention they have five-star hotels and resorts. They have schools and hospitals — they have everything. It was possible to turn Gaza into another Dubai but they chose not to do this. The people in Gaza chose and voted for Hamas, a group that is hell-bent on destroying Israel and the genocide of the Jews.

Palestinians are responsible for everything that is happening to them. Israel should not be blamed for the bad choices the Palestinians have made.

Further, we must consider the historical Arab attempts at colonising from the 7th century onwards. See here.

It is worth considering Prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s comments on the subject.

“Until 1967, Israel did not hold an inch of the Sinai Peninsula and the West
Bank, the Gaza Strip or the Golan Heights. Israel held not an acre of what is
now considered disputed territory. And yet we enjoyed no peace.

Year after year Israel called for pleaded for a negotiated peace with the
Arab governments. Their answer was a blank refusal and more war.

The reason was not a conflict over territorial claims. The reason was, and
remains, the fact that a free Jewish state sits on territory at all.”

The Question of Genocide?

Right now, Hamas are the genocidal ones. A ceasefire enables Hamas, which will continue to attempt to kill all Jews — which is their published manifesto. Israel must end Hamas once and for all, for everyone’s security. See this article: ‘Israel is not committing genocide, but Hamas is‘.

To quote the article:

The crime of genocide, coined in 1944 by the Polish-Jewish jurist Raphael Lemkin to describe the systematic extermination of Jews by the Nazis, is one of the most serious accusations that can be leveled in international law. Today, it has a very specific definition under Article II of the Genocide Convention of 1948, meaning committing acts, including by killing, that are intended to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group.

It is important to underscore that the commission of genocide has nothing to do with the number of civilian casualties; the key element of the crime is the need to possess relevant “intent.” Whatever criticism one may have of Israeli policies or Israel Defense Forces (IDF) actions in Gaza, Israel is not seeking to destroy the Palestinian people, whether in whole, in part, or in any manner.

During a Nov. 20 briefing, U.S. National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby eviscerated the inappropriate use of the term genocide to describe Israel’s actions in Gaza, forcefully stating:

“Israel isn’t trying to wipe the Palestinian people off the map. Israel isn’t trying to wipe Gaza off the map. Israel is trying to defend itself against a genocidal terrorist threat. So, if we’re going to start using that word, fine. Let’s use it appropriately.”

Whose Land Is It Anyway?

Israel owns the land legally!
While there are some disputed territories; pro-palestinians saying “From the river (Jordan) to the sea (Mediterranean), Palestine will be free” is in fact calling for the genocide of the Jews. The phrase is a rallying cry for terrorist groups and their sympathisers, from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) to Hamas, which called for Israel’s destruction in its original governing charter in 1988.

Here is a detailed documentary by Hugh Kitson explain in great detail why Israel own the land legally:

A much shorter presentation that also answers the question: Melanie Phillips explains Israel’s right to the land.

In addition, this article (PDF) adds light to the subject.

How Do We Pray?

Please pray for peace by all means. We must pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6). But we must also pray that Israel prevails and that they will quickly put and end to Hamas, which will help stabilise everything in the long run. Any long term peace deal must include Israel’s right to exist.

Finally, עם ישרעל חי — Am Yirael Chai. The people of Israel live. All Israel will be saved (Romans 11:25).


Republished with thanks to Ruach Hakodesh. Image courtesy of Pexels.

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  1. Leonie Robson 26 February 2024 at 8:45 am - Reply

    Brilliant article Kym.
    So well explained and easy to understand. Back in the 80’s Ivan picked up a book called Exodus by Leon Uris. It opened our eyes and understanding of the history of Israel and her struggles against her enemies.
    Every Christian needs to read your article.

  2. Jillian Stirling 26 February 2024 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Amen. So very true.

  3. John Grimwade 26 February 2024 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Very easy read and helpful to me in understanding it better. Can I please use this article where the need arises?

    • Kym Farnik 27 February 2024 at 9:46 am - Reply

      G’day John
      Yes, repost anywhere in full or by link.

  4. Jane 27 February 2024 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    So it’s perfectly reasonable and legitimate the war mongering west including Australia continues to fund a genocide ethnic cleansing? Now the psychopaths are corralling the native Palestinian people in Gaza , men women and children, babies forcing them into the Sinai Desert in Egypt to another open air prison. It is best to take notice of unbiased historians and real investigative journalists on the front line who actually know what is occurring because the main stream, as always, will never tell truth on this horror. It is a disgrace the world sits by and watches mass murder on a scale never before seen in real time. Humans really are that savage.

    • Kym Farnik 29 February 2024 at 12:07 pm - Reply

      Put simply Israel are under existential threat from Hamas and others. Tens of thousands of rockets and other attacks into Israel from Gaza since Hamas formed in 2007.

      Under international law, Israel has always met the standards for recognition as a sovereign state. On 11 May 1949, Israel was admitted to the United Nations (UN) as a full member state. As of 2024, 28 of the 193 UN member states do not recognise Israeli sovereignty.

      Hamas (et. al.) seek for the destruction of Israel and death of all Jews.
      70% of Gazans support Hamas and its goals.

      Check this page as to why Israel has needed to destroy Hamas who are deeply embedded in civilian infrastructure.

  5. Kym Farnik 1 March 2024 at 9:13 am - Reply

    This just in, posted so facts are known…

    Dozens of Palestinians were killed Thursday in Gaza City as they swarmed aid trucks that entered the city.

    Hamas blamed the IDF for the deaths. The military said most of the casualties were caused by a stampede and being run over by the supply vehicles. Gunmen also opened fire in the area as they looted the supplies.

    The army said it did not fire at the crowd rushing the main aid convoy. It acknowledged that troops opened fire on several Gazans who moved toward soldiers and a tank at an IDF checkpoint, endangering soldiers, after they had rushed the last truck in the convoy further south.

  6. Kym Farnik 6 March 2024 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    I will publish anew article shortly answering the Elephant in the Room question – Is Israel committing Genocide in Gaza?

  7. Euncie Embury Johnson 26 March 2024 at 9:51 am - Reply

    I’m so glad you posted this Kym.

    Brigitte Gabriel, well known and articulate Lebanese-American pointed out that the Gazan’s were given a beautiful land with green houses and beautiful homes. All the green houses were destroyed within 24 hours and the copper pipes from de-salination plants were stolen by Hamas for weaponry. A very wealthy NY Jew also donated a large sum of money in good will to the Gaza Arabs to keep the de-salination going. The thanks Jews got for vacating their land was the barrage of rockets, kidnapping, rape, murder, torture. In other words plain evil for the good they’ve done. Israeli hospitals have offered their service for sick “Palestinian” children for years.

    I could write a lot more re the genocides and pogroms across North Africa, Middle East and Russian republics under USSR but “nuff said”.

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