Viewing a moving presentation on Israel and Psalm 83:
Israel has described a gathering of global evangelical leaders that opens today at Bethlehem Bible College as "unacceptable and shameful" for its intent to manipulate religious sentiment for political purposes.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement, issued to Israel Today—an Israel-based news agency with a mostly Christian readership and pro-Israel stance—was critical of the Christ at the Checkpoint conference, which runs from March 10-14 (livestreamed here) and is now in its third year.
Ariel Sharon, who died Saturday at age 85, after being suspended comatose, between life and death for the past eight years, was the final Israeli prime minister from the generation that fought in the 1948 War of Independence.
Israel is preciously short of friends these days. The Jewish people do not, for the first time in our history, have a friend in the White House. So they must be able to count on the friendship, loyalty and support of the American people.
By all sober accounts, John Kerry's deal with Iran is a diplomatic disaster, since it does not require Iran to give up anything substantial while we in turn lift sanctions and unfreeze $8 billion in Iranian assets. Meanwhile, American pastor Saeed Abedini continues to rot in a hellhole of an Iranian prison. This deal represents, in John Bolton's words, "abject surrender" on the part of the United States.
An investigation by the Daily Beast also reveals that the "Obama administration began softening sanctions on Iran after the election of Iran's new president last June, months before the current round of nuclear talks in Geneva..." The report notes that Treasury Department notices show "that the U.S. government has all but stopped the financial blacklisting of entities and people that help Iran evade international sanctions since the election of its president, Hassan Rouhani, in June."Obama's desperately eager posture towards the smiling Mullahs has doomed any negotiation to failure by signaling that the U.S. fears confrontation more than anything else.
Despite all the odds—foreign conquerors, the Holocaust or the daily threats of its neighbors still today—Israel exists simply because of the promise of the God of Israel, the one true Majesty.
Report: US will lay down its own outline for an accord in January, is determined to reach solution by mid-2014.
The United States intends to try and force a peace agreement on Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), IDF Radio reported Monday.
The radio station says the US has informed Israel and the Palestinian Authority that if negotiations between them do not advance, Washington will propose its own solution, that will include a US position on every point that is in contention.
The very existence of a Jewish state called Israel is a miracle of history. No other nation has ever been destroyed, dispersed to the ends of the earth for millennia, and then regathered to their ancient homeland and re-established as a nation.
Indeed, there is nothing even close. Even nations who can trace their continuous existence to antiquity cannot match Israel's miracle. The Egypt of Pharonic times wasn't Arab, but Coptic. Ancient Babylon wasn't Arab, but Chaldean.
More politically significant have been exertions to shift evangelicals away from their historically strong affinity for Israel.
For the last several years anti-Israel evangelicals have hosted a “Christ at the Checkpoint” conference in Bethlehem featuring some prominent U.S. evangelicals. Last year’s included evangelist Tony Campolo, a spiritual counselor to President Bill Clinton, and Florida mega church pastor Joel Hunter, a spiritual counselor to President Barack Obama. The next “Christ at the Checkpoint” is February 2014 and will feature Geoff Tunnicliffe, head of the World Evangelical Alliance.
In devastating detail, an excerpt from a controversial new book reveals how the big studios, desperate to protect German business, let Nazis censor scripts, remove credits from Jews, get movies stopped and even force one MGM executive to divorce his Jewish wife.
The 1930s are celebrated as one of Hollywood's golden ages, but in an exclusive excerpt from his controversial new book, The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler (Harvard University Press, on sale Sept. 9), Harvard post-doctoral fellow Ben Urwand uncovers a darker side to Hollywood's past.
Drawing on a wealth of archival documents in the U.S. and Germany, he reveals the shocking extent to which Hollywood cooperated and collaborated with the Nazis during the decade leading up to World War II to protect its business.