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Monday, 08 April 2013 17:35

Israel, The Little Nation that Could

A popular children’s story features a little locomotive put to the test in front of a great, heavy train. As it neared the top of the grade, it reduced speed, but kept saying, “I—think—I—can, I—think—I—can.” Drawing on bravery, it reached the top and then went on down the grade, congratulating itself by saying, “I thought I could, I thought I could.”

Like the little engine that could, Israel is the little nation that could. The history of Israel involves unprecedented obstacles, including forty years of wilderness wanderings; seemingly endless warfare, blood baths (Masada), brutal captivity and enslavement (Assyria, Babylon, Egypt); displacement and persecution; rabid anti-Semitism, pogroms (Russia), Intifadas and riots; plundering, and genocide.

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Thursday, 04 April 2013 11:10

How the Exodus Story Created America


OF ALL the festivals on the Jewish calendar, it is Passover which contains some of the boldest and most powerful imagery.

The departure of our ancestors from Egypt, their pursuit by Pharaoh and his chariots, and the climactic splitting of the Red Sea, are just some of the themes that we continue to celebrate more than 3,300 years later.

Indeed, it is a testimony to the power of Jewish memory as well as the potency of the Passover saga that even after so many generations, we continue to retell and relive this crucial part of our ancient past.

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In serious conversation, Israelis acknowledge that the horrors of the Holocaust propelled the 660,000 Jews in Israel - many who had escaped the death chambers - to such desperation that against overwhelming odds they forged the rebirth of the ancient Jewish nation. Just as the birth of the modern state is a part of the DNA of all Israelis, so is the death of one third of its people.

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Recently “Christianity Today,” the prominent evangelical journal, spotlighted the “Top 5 Books on Israel & Palestine,” as asserted by Gary Burge, a professor at Chicago-area evangelical Wheaton College, one of evangelical America’s most prestigious schools.

Burge is a crusader for trying to shift evangelicals away from their typically pro-Israel stance. All five books naturally tout a pro-Palestinian perspective to varying degrees. Evidently a book offering the Jewish experience did not merit attention.

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Sunday, 03 February 2013 17:52

Why Israel will rule the new Middle East

If you still think the future of Israel looks bleak, think again.

A few months ago it looked like the Jewish state might not survive until 2013. Rockets were raining down from Gaza; revolution was about to install one Islamicist government in Egypt, and another was poised to take over in Syria. Iran was threatening to finish what Hitler’s Holocaust started, with an atomic bomb. The Obama administration seemed unwilling to stop that happening-- while Israel’s only alternative to nuclear annihilation was a preemptive strike that was bound to start a major shooting war in the Middle East.

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Friday, 18 January 2013 15:46

Nine common myths about Israel

1. The international community opposes Israel because it is an “ethnic nation-state.”

A cover for Jew-hatred, this argument is applied only against Israel and the Jewish people.

2. Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank” of the Jordan River) belong to the “Palestinians.”

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Wednesday, 09 January 2013 10:23

The Useful Myth that Obama Now Likes Israel

Reality, especially in 2012, is very hard to face. So many hopes dashed; so many bad things happening. So people can be forgiven for taking refuge in wishful thinking. Sometimes, not telling the truth has its value in public affairs, especially when you are looking at a president with four more years in office and no elections ahead of him.

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Sunday, 04 November 2012 13:17

What's the big deal about Israel?

Greg Laurie looks at prophecy predicting Jewish state will be friendless

Why is Jerusalem such a big deal in world news? Why aren’t we talking about Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, or some other major capital in another part of the world? Why this little city?

I will tell you why. Because God said that in the last days, Jerusalem would play a key role: “I will make Jerusalem like an intoxicating drink that makes the nearby nations stagger when they send their armies to besiege Jerusalem and Judah. On that day I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock. All the nations will gather against it to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves” (Zechariah 12:2–3 NLT).

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012 07:52

Just Ordinary Men

Your name is Johann and it is the early spring of ’42. The days are getting both longer and warmer in northern Germany and exciting news has arrived in today’s mail. Finally, at the age of 45, you are not too old to serve your Führer in the Nazi war effort. Your younger brother was called up a few years ago and he was a part of the victorious army as it marched into Paris. Now you get to serve the Third Reich in the Order Police, in particular as one of the 500 men, almost all from Hamburg, in Reserve Police Battalion 101.

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Friday, 26 October 2012 09:12

Annihilation or Redemption?

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was spot on in denouncing as “a disgrace and a stain on humanity” the appearance of so many world leaders in Tehran for the recent summit of the Non-Aligned Movement. Given Iran’s relentless demonization of Israel and its renegade quest for nuclear weapons, the attendance of dozens of kings, presidents and diplomats – not to mention UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon – indeed showed the post-Holocaust pledge of “Never Again” is pretty hollow.

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