Israel celebrates 67 years after its dramatic, prophetic rebirth. A few thoughts to mark the occasion.

(Central Israel) — Today, Israelis are celebrating our Independence Day. On the Western calendar, we remember May 14th, 1948. But on the Jewish calendar, today marks 67 years since the dramatic, prophetic rebirth of the Jewish State.
A few thoughts to mark the occasion:
It’s a very special time for our family as it’s our first time celebrating as new Israeli […]

By |April 23rd, 2015|News Commentary|0 Comments

The deal is bad. Very bad. But let’s not panic. Here’s why. (Some thoughts on the Iran deal, Passover & Easter.)

(Central Israel) — On Thursday evening, rather than pore over the details of the deal that the P5+1 just struck with Iran regarding its nuclear program, I took one of my sons to a wonderful Passover Seder attended by Jewish and non-Jewish friends in Kfar Shmaryahu, a suburb of Tel Aviv. Tonight, our entire family is looking […]

By |April 3rd, 2015|News Commentary|0 Comments

Cease Fire Ends

After over 100 hours of negotiations the cease fire ended short today after three rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel.
The talks that were being held in Egypt were abruptly ended as a result.  The Israeli military launched an airstrike against militant targets in Gaza and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recalled the Israeli delegation from […]

By |August 19th, 2014|Current News|0 Comments

Israel Cease Fire Talks

The threat of renewed war in Gaza loomed on Wednesday as the clock ticked towards the end of a three-day ceasefire with no sign of a breakthrough in indirect talks in Cairo between Israel and the Palestinians.

Officials in Egypt indicated that the talks were struggling, but said efforts were still being made to reach some sort of a deal before the truce expired at 2100 GMT, including possibly extending the suspension of hostilities by a further 72 hours.

Two hours before the temporary ceasefire was due to end a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landing inside southern Israel. Hamas Islamists denied launching the missile.

A Palestinian official with knowledge of negotiations in Cairo said Egypt had presented a new proposal for a permanent truce agreement that included a major Palestinian demand for a lifting of the Israeli and Egyptian blockades of the Gaza Strip.

Israel and Egypt harbor deep security concerns about Hamas, the dominant Islamist group in the small, Mediterranean coastal enclave, complicating any deal on easing border restrictions.

It was unclear from the official’s remarks how those worries, along with Israel’s demand for Gaza’s demilitarization, would be dealt with. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said disarming was not an option.

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By |August 13th, 2014|Current News|0 Comments

ISIS Beheadings

The following text message was received by Sean Malone of Crisis Relief International (CRI):

August 8: “We lost the city of Queragosh (Qaraqosh). It fell to ISIS, and they are beheading children systematically. This is the city we have been smuggling food to. ISIS has pushed back Peshmerga (Kurdish forces) and is within 10 minutes of […]

By |August 10th, 2014|Current News|0 Comments