Re: "Regarding Gaza -- and then the rest of it"
Without belaboring a topic which doesn't belong in the first place, the article in question contains assertions about the falsity of the Old Testament or the Hebrew Bible without evidence. The opposite position can be found as well. Jewish scholar Nelson Glueck has observed, "It is worth emphasizing that in all this work no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a single, properly understood biblical statement." In recent years archaeology has actually confirmed countless passages which were formerly rejected by critics as unhistorical or contradictory to known facts.
Without further discussion of the archaeological and historical evidence it may be worth noting that any such attack on the Old Testament is also an attack on the New. Jesus taught that the Old Testament is divinely authoritative, infallible, inerrant, historically reliable, and scientifically accurate. There are countless New Testament affirmations of Old Testament events. I would direct those interested to Norman Geisler and Frank Turek's recent work "I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist."