While Israel is still engaged in a war to eliminate the Hamas terrorist regime in the Gaza Strip, many in the international community wonder what “the day after” will look like. In Washington, the Biden administration wishes to see progress toward a two-state solution under the leadership of a “revitalized Palestinian Authority.” In Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insists on three prerequisites for peace.
“We must destroy Hamas, demilitarize Gaza and deradicalize the whole of Palestinian society,” the Israeli premier wrote in an opinion column in the Wall Street Journal last week.
But what if a political change is not the most significant aspect to consider? Could a spiritual change shuffle the cards in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
Tass (Taysir) Saada, a Palestinian Evangelical Christian from Gaza, believes that a great spiritual awakening is about to take place in the Gaza Strip when the Hamas terrorist organization is finally and fully vanquished.
In Part Two of his conversation with ALL ISRAEL NEWS Editor-in-Chief, Joel Rosenberg, on TBN’s THE ROSENBERG REPORT, Saada predicts that many Gazans will abandon Islam and turn away from the Hamas terror path.
“This is where I know there is hope for the rest of the Palestinians,” Saada told Rosenberg. “I believe this because we are living the end of time, and this is the real end of time. What we are seeing today happening, is really one of the signs of the end of time because it's not normal.”
“The destruction that is taking place… First, by the evil work of Hamas, by attacking Israelis in a radical, very evil way. And naturally, Israel had to respond and defend themselves,” he continued.
Saada told Rosenberg he is convinced that after Hamas is gone, the Palestinians will “sit back and think.”
“God has a plan. I believe the Arabs and the Jews are also part of that, and that's where my hope is,” he revealed.
Before the war broke, beginning with the surprise invasion and massacre that Hamas launched against Israel on Oct. 7, Saada was planning to move back to Gaza and expand his ministry work there. He is still determined to return; to help rebuild Gaza and the Palestinian society after the war.
Along with his wife, Karen, he co-founded ‘Hope for Ishmael,’ a ministry committed to the reconciliation of Arabs and Jews, and Seeds of Hope, a non-profit humanitarian organization that provides assistance to impoverished people in the Middle East.
“God is going to do a lot of work there,” he told Rosenberg. His team on the ground has been doing “a lot of work” during the war, he explained: “That's why they are telling me the harvest is going to be huge” and urged him to come back.
Saada is convinced that God is moving in the region because of his personal experience.
Born in Gaza as a Palestinian Muslim, Saada was raised in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. When he grew up, he became a radical Islamist terrorist and eventually served as a sniper for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and as a driver for the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Saada is not the only Gazan who has undergone such a transformation. He knows of one Hamas operative who was preparing for a suicide bombing but was saved at the very last minute.
“He had a belt on and ready to go to the next morning to blow himself up in Israel somewhere,” he told Rosenberg. “Jesus appeared to him that night and said in the dream… What you are about to do is evil. ‘I am Jesus, Follow me.’”
When asked about a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Saada said he turned to the Bible and pointed out that in the Book of Ezekiel 47, the Lord spoke to the prophet Ezekiel about dividing the land among the tribes of Israel and claimed the verse is about giving an equal portion of land to each tribe.
“And that verse is said the Israelite and the foreigners living among you… Who are those foreigners? Let's say not non-Jews,” he said.
“You are to distribute this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. You are to allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the foreigners residing among you and who have children. You are to consider them as native-born Israelites; along with you, they are to be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel. In whatever tribe a foreigner resides, there you are to give them their inheritance,” declares the Sovereign LORD. [Ezekiel 47: 21]
Saada said he believes that the path to peace between Israelis and Palestinians lies not in a two-state solution, but rather in one federation with a constitution “that will give equal rights to all.”
Under his vision, which he presented to former U.S. President Donald Trump’s team, Israel should claim sovereignty over the West Bank and that Gaza should be developed separately.
THE ROSENBERG REPORT airs Thursday nights at 9 p.m. EST and Saturday nights at 9:30 p.m. EST – on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.