In Hebrew, the president of Israel is known as the nasi, which can also be translated in the Bible as “prince.” It’s a fitting title for a role imbued with limited official power but potentially significant influence. While presidents in Israel can never become king like a prince in England, the president holds both ceremonialContinue Reading »
Monday, 6 January 2020 | Iran spent the weekend licking its wounds and vowing revenge following the US strike in Iraq that killed the Islamic regime’s top general, leading to a back-and-forth war of words—and a few rockets—between Washington and Tehran. The late General Qassam Soleimani served in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) asContinue Reading »
Wednesday, 20 November 2019 | The Trump Administration announced a change in the American perspective on the legality of Israeli [communities] in Judea and Samaria on Monday, reversing the position of the Obama Administration that had called the civilian communities illegal. “The establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank [Judea and Samaria] isContinue Reading »
The Jordan River and surrounding valley have been a key part of Israel for millennia—from the parting of the Jordan River for Joshua to the baptism of Jesus (Yeshua) by John the Baptist. In recent decades, it has been key to the defense of the Jewish state. Since Israel captured the Jordan Valley from theContinue Reading »
“No Joke,” tweeted Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, “the UN just condemned Israel as the world’s only violator of women’s rights, backed by votes of council members Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Yemen.” Of the 40 countries that condemned Israel in a July 2019 United Nations (UN) resolution, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran andContinue Reading »
Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary defines the word sentinel as “a soldier set to guard an army, camp, or other place, from surprise, to observe the approach of danger, and give notice of it.” Is it any wonder that US President Donald Trump chose Operation Sentinel as the name for his Persian Gulf coalition that began earlierContinue Reading »
In Chinese tradition, the pig with its characteristically fat face and big ears is a mark of prosperity. It is appropriate then that as the Chinese year of the pig draws to a close, the world must take note of the prosperity and spectacular economic ascent of the People’s Republic of China. How exactly ChinaContinue Reading »
Thursday, 14 November 2019 | The European Court of Justice issued a controversial ruling on November 12, 2019, and declared: “Foodstuffs originating in the territories occupied by the State of Israel must bear the indication of their territory of origin, accompanied, where those foodstuffs come from an Israeli settlement within that territory, by the indicationContinue Reading »
Every Christmas thousands of Christians flock to Bethlehem to celebrate the holiday close to where Jesus (Yeshua) was born. They marvel at the 40-foot Christmas tree, bow their heads at the Church of Nativity and sing Christmas carols in the frosty night air. Once Christmas is over, Bethlehem returns to normal. The tree comes down.Continue Reading »
Tuesday, 5 November 2019 | Hamas’s leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, on Monday threatened to turn Israeli cities into “ghost towns” and warned that the terror group has enough firepower to launch rockets into Tel Aviv “for six months in a row.” The remarks come just days after the latest cross-border flare-up between Israel andContinue Reading »
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