Gidon Ariel and Jeff Hutcheon, October 24, 2023
| Published: October 30, 2023
Gidon’s return to Israel and his conversation with Hutch offer a glimpse into the pursuit of unity and peace amidst challenging times. Join us as we explore their perspectives on the current situation and the hopes for a harmonious future in Israel.
Gidon’s Return and Unity Aspirations in Israel
Gidon returned from abroad and is getting back into the swing of things in Israel. Hutch asked about his experience getting back into Israel, to which Gidon replied that he had no problem as he flew with El Al, the national carrier of Israel. Gidon also shared his geographical location in relation to where most of the conflict is currently happening, using a map. He expressed his wish for unity among Israelis without the presence of an external enemy.
Israeli Armed Conflict: Updates From Gidon
Gidon also mentioned that his two sons and son-in-law, who are reservists in the army, have been mobilized in response to the attacks. Gratefully, none of them had seen any action yet.
Security Measures and Terrorism Cases Discussed
Gidon discussed the safety measures in place for dealing with potential missile attacks and the country’s response to a handful of terrorist infiltrations over the years. Gidon also talked about the high-profile case of Gilad Shalit, a soldier who was kidnapped and held for years in Gaza before being released in a deal with Hamas.
Gidon’s Views on Israeli Terror
Gidon expressed his views on the current war in Israel, where over 1400 people have been killed and hundreds kidnapped. He compared the terror to nothing experienced since the Second World War. Gidon also shared his personal experience of being in the United States during the unfolding of these events. He mentioned that he was visiting his son in his community of Har Bracha when the attacks started, and at first, they were told that only about a hundred people had been killed. By the time he left for the US, the number had risen significantly. Gidon shared that he spent his time there discussing the situation with pro-Israel Christians and Jews.
Israel’s Struggle for Security and Peace
Gidon and Hutch discussed the current situation in Israel, focusing on the international solidarity expressed by foreign leaders and the pressure Israel is under due to constant threats. Gidon emphasized that while they are not seeking vengeance, they are looking for security. Hutch pointed out the lack of understanding of the situation in the West, where people are calling for ceasefires without fully understanding the realities on the ground. Both agreed on the pursuit of peace but also acknowledged the difficulties in achieving it, given the horrific nature of the Hamas terrorists and the de facto support they receive from world public opinion.
Spiritual Conflict: Middle East and Faith
The discussion centered around the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, with Hutch and Gidon expressing their views on the spiritual aspects of the conflict and its history. They also touched upon the role of faith, the inhumanity of Hamas, and the global response to the situation. The conversation ended with a focus on the future, with Gidon expressing his belief in ultimate redemption and Hutch expressing his hope for continued support from the United States for Israel.
Discussing Terrorism’s Global Impact and Preparedness
Hutch and Gidon discussed the global impact of terrorism and the increasing faith of people in multiple countries. Hutch predicted that a ground offensive would further exacerbate the situation and expressed that individuals would have to decide where they stand against evil. He emphasized the importance of leaders standing up for truth during these significant times. Gidon noted that most people are not paying much attention to these events. Hutch warned that the United States could be hit by a similar scale of terrorism and emphasized the need for preparedness. The current US administration’s handling of labeled ‘gotaways’ was also discussed, with concerns raised about the unknowns regarding their identity and organization. Gidon highlighted the potential risks of providing phones and transportation to these individuals without proper identification. The discussion touched on the potential implications of aiding these individuals and the need for proper processing and identification.
Biblical Prophecy and Middle East Tensions
Hutch and Gidon discussed biblical prophecy, focusing on the potential fulfillment of the “Ezekiel 38” war, which describes the destruction of Damascus and Israel standing alone. They also discussed potential scenarios for the United States to pull back its military support from Israel. Gidon, expressing a sense of urgency, stated that the end of the end times seems to be approaching, and Damascus has already fallen into a state of failure. The conversation concluded with Gidon expressing gratitude to the governments that support Israel, despite acknowledging that it stands alone.
Faith and Israel: A Discussion on Unity and Blessings
Gidon and Hutch discussed their perspectives on faith and the importance of standing with Israel. Hutch expressed his commitment to the biblical injunction that those who bless Israel will be blessed, and those who curse Israel will be cursed. He also emphasized the significance of the Evangelical Church standing with their Jewish brethren. He expressed a hope for greater urgency and unity, both as a country and within the church, in response to the current state of divisiveness.