After nearly a year of silence, the IDF bombed several targets in Gaza, mostly smuggling tunnels.
1By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yes, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
2We hung our harps on the willows in its middle.
3For there, those who carried us away captive, required of us a song; and our captors said to us, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
4How will we sing Yahvah's song in a strange land?
5If I forget you, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget me.
6If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to my palate, if I do not prefer Jerusalem above my chief joy.
7Remember, Yahvah, the sons of Edom in the day of Jerusalem, who said, Raze it, raze it, even to its foundation.
8Daughter of Babylon, taker of spoils, blessed will be he who rewards you, as you have served us.
9Blessed will be he who takes and dashes your little ones against the stones.
The Israelis bombed targets in Gaza, with some landing in a field while others hit smuggling tunnels. This was the first time in about a year that Israeli warplanes had been called on to drop bombs on Gaza. This was in response to 3 days of mortar fire from Gaza. There were also reports of additional explosions around Gaza, but the IDF said they were not responsible.
Discussions were also underway to trade roughly 1000 Hamas prisoners in exchange for a captive Israeli soldier.
The content of the Psalm addresses Jewish refugees in Babylon and calls for them to remember Jerusalem.
This headline does not take place in Babylon, but back in Israel after being restored. It is a headline related to defending Jerusalem from those who would attack her.
Dropping bombs on those who attack Israel is the song sung to those who oppose God's move in Israel, see verse 3.
Verse 4 asks how long will the song be sung in a strange land, and the answer this day was the few minutes needed to drop bombs.
Verse 5 and 6 suggest that if the Israelis did not defend their country, and the city of Jerusalem, that worse would happen.
Verse 7 names Edom, which in this case is a general stand-in for the Palestinians who were bombed.