Prophecy in the Middle East unfolding? Israel more isolated

JERUSALEM, Israel — Israel's defense against a Turkish fleet threatening to break its Naval blockade of Gaza has drawn international reactions of criticism against Israel moving farther into isolation.

The U.N. Security Council issued a statement condemning Israel for its actions on May 31 and has called for an investigation.

The small country of Israel is beginning to find itself more isolated as it loses more support among its allies.

Turkey, once an ally of Israel and the West, is now courting relationships with Iran, Syria and Russia. The flotilla incident revealed Turkey as a new major player in the Middle East, according to a CBN report.

In response to the flotilla incident, the Rabbinical Council of Judea and Samaria issued a statement saying the aftermath seemed to "place us at the beginning of the Gog and Magog process where the world is against us, but which ends with the third and final redemption."

The statement, reported by Israel National News, explained that while secular Zionism wants Israel to be beloved by other nations, "the legitimacy of our people is not derived from the nations of the world and their poisonous traditions, rather from the Torah of Israel which teaches us that [Israel] 'is a people that shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations'" (Numbers 23:9).

The biblical reference to Gog and Magog is from the book of Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39. The chapters refer to a war when coalitions of nations attack the land of Israel from the north.

According to prophecy, Israel is successful against its attackers.

"Son of man, prophesy against Gog and say: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you around and drag you along. I will bring you from the far north and send you against the mountains of Israel. Then I will strike your bow from your left hand and make your arrows drop from your right hand. On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals. You will fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Sovereign LORD." Ezekiel 39: 1-4.

In reponse to increasing pressure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a plan to ease its blockade of the Gaza Strip but Hamas supporters are insisting that it is not enough.

Gaza Strip restrictions began after the capture of 19-year-old Israeli soldier, Gilad Shait, in June 2006. Israel carried out military operations against terrorists after Shait's capture in the Gaza and tightened access. In 2007 Israel declared Gaza "hostile territory" following the violent takeover of the Gaza Strip by Hamas. Israel then placed a military blockade on the area to restrict the passage of various goods to the Gaza Strip and reduce the supply of fuel and electricity to Hamas regime.

June 25, 2010 marked the four-year mark for Gilad Shait being held in captivity by Hamas, which has denied him any visits by humanitarian groups.

According to the Israel Project, the self-described peace activists participating in the flotilla incident rejected a request by Shalit's father to bring his son a letter and small package from him.

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