In the spring of 2019, the Quds Force—the terror-sponsoring wing of Iran’s powerful paramilitary Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)—used an oil shipment scheme in Syria to transport almost 10 million barrels of crude oil, which sold for the equivalent of more than US $500 million, a United States Treasury Department press release said. The profitsContinue Reading »
Throughout the 11-day conflict in May when Hamas fired more than 4,300 rockets in nearly uninterrupted volleys on Israeli civilians, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) retaliated to protect its people from the deadly attack. Like nearly all military operations in its 73-year history, Operation Guardian of the Walls unleashed a floodgate of condemnation, accusation andContinue Reading »
In conversations outside the Holy Land, I’ve found that much of what people assume about Israel is incorrect, mostly because they have never had the opportunity to visit. Until tourism resumes and people can come experience this amazing country for themselves, I’m here to set the record straight on a few misconceptions. 1. Israel isContinue Reading »
It’s the rare parent who doesn’t long for their children to receive a good, solid education that will be their pathway to a brighter future. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” Ideally, those placesContinue Reading »
What comes to mind when visualizing the City of the Great King? Do you see images of the iconic stones of the Western Wall that have withstood centuries of conflict? Do you see the narrow streets of the Old City zigzagging through a maze of diverse cultures? Or perhaps you see the upscale Mamilla Mall,Continue Reading »
According to Palestinian law, every Palestinian convicted of an attack against Israelis is eligible for lavish financial payments doled out in “monthly salaries” to both the terrorist and his or her family from the moment of arrest—with the bonus of additional cash grants and priority civil service job opportunities upon release. The deadlier and bloodierContinue Reading »
In 2000, the northern coastal valley of Peru was a barren desert where farmers could grow little. For many years, their hope of turning the desert green seemed like a pipe dream. Peru rivalled Haiti as one of the poorest nations in the western hemisphere, with many of the Peruvian people lacking food and basicContinue Reading »
His granddaughter calls him “Care Bear.” Israelis know him as Ruvi, their beloved national grandfather. Peers describe him as “honest and uncorrupted…standing like a solid rock in defense of democracy.” To world leaders, he’s President Reuven Rivlin, Israel’s tenth president, who’s earned the respect of influencers and ordinary people alike with his integrity, humility andContinue Reading »
In the book of Deuteronomy, there is a forewarning that there will always be poor people among us, a notion which is repeated in the Gospels. Christianity and Judaism share a common thread of generosity towards those who are less fortunate—and also a desire to see the world repaired through acts of justice, generosity andContinue Reading »
In 2006, hope reigned on the Palestinian streets. The populist Hamas movement had won legislative elections against their political rival Fatah (leading secular Palestinian political party), and some in the West wanted to believe that the victory could mold the terrorists into statesmen. In less than 18 months, that hope was dashed as Hamas wagedContinue Reading »
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