10 June 2016

Tel Aviv Shooting and bravery


Terror struck Tel Aviv yesterday. No one is ever really safe there, or where you live, but the highlights are visible as the networks covered the area's emotion right away. The map shows where the Sarona Market is in the centre of the nation's largest city.

Two attackers identified as Palestinians opened fire Wednesday night at a popular food and shopping complex near the Israeli Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, killing four Israelis and sending other patrons scrambling to safety.

Two terrorists were captured, Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, with one shot and the second arrested at the upscale Sarona Market. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called "a savage crime, murder in the heart of Tel Aviv."

"We will take the necessary steps to attack the attackers and defend those who need to be defended," Netanyahu said. Surveillance footage from a cafe near the shooting scene showed chaos as panicked customers knocked over chairs and tables as they rushed to escape. People crawled across the floor and others carried children in their arms.

No sensible person wants such an event to occur. Certainly no one wants this terrorist act in their back yard or neighbourhood. (NIMBY) We need to pray. Father, protect those who are there in the Land. Protect the native Israelis, whether Arab or Jewish or other. Protect the tourists. Protect the Arabs from the backlash which might occur if some extremists have their revengeful way.

Prayer matters. God listens. Please listen to God.
What does He say about terror? What does He say about Tel Aviv? What does He say about life in general?

Those questions matter. And the question, "What does God say about you?" That may be the most significant question to consider just now.

Be assured that He has spoken through the agency of His Word, the Bible. And we want you to process that with us, if you'd like. And if you want to talk about the shootings or about terror itself-- we want to hear from you.

Now concerning bravery, may we commend to you this particular YouTube Video about bravery. It will take you 20 seconds. It could seriously change your life. (Some of this is taken from CNN's Michael Schwartz, Phil Black and Oren Lieberman who reported from Jerusalem. CNN's Ralph Ellis, Emanuella Grinberg and Steve Visser reported from Atlanta.)

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