Israeli community of Har Homa Tuesday, 23 February 2016 | Israel's detractors invariably refer to the nation's communities in the biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria as "illegal settlements." Everyone, it seems, from ambassadors to the United Nations to people on the streets, has embraced the idea that Israeli townships like Maale Adumim, Har Homa, and Efrat, suburbs of Jerusalem, exist in violation of international law. Is it true? Are Israel's "West Bank" [Judea-Samaria] settlements illegal?
  Wednesday, 24 February 2016 | Six years ago the evangelical market was targeted by two films. One, With God on Our Side, produced by Porter Speakman, Jr., purported to expose the shallowness and fallacies of Christians who support the Jewish state of Israel, commonly called Christian Zionists. The other film, Little Town of Bethlehem, produced by a company called Ethnographic Media, presented itself as "the story of three men of three different faiths and their lives in Israel and Palestine."
Iranian ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad FathaliThursday, 25 February 2016 | Iran is pledging to financially reward the families of slain Palestinian terrorists. Lebanese news outlets broke the story yesterday in their report about a press conference held at the Islamic Republic's embassy on Al-Quds Street in Beirut. At the event, Iran ambassador Mohammad Fathali said that "each intifada martyr's family in Jerusalem will be receiving an amount of US $7,000, while US $30,000 will be provided to every family whose home had been destroyed in this intifada."
  Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Friday, 26 February 2016 | Israel is increasingly concerned about the situation in Syria. Knowing it would cause resentment, yesterday Israeli President Reuven Rivlin abruptly cancelled a diplomatic visit to Australia in order meet with Russian President Putin. According to the Israeli intelligence news service, DEBKAfile, the unexpected trip was triggered by a phone call by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Putin earlier this week, expressing Jerusalem's heightened apprehensions.
Ad to attend upcoming conferenceMonday, 29 February 2016 | When Christians support the State of Israel as a matter of biblical conviction, have they embraced a corruption of their faith? There is a growing chorus of voices that do not even bother to ask the question. According to these voices, both Christian and Jewish support for Israel is self-evident proof of dangerous religious fanaticism.

Next week in Bethlehem an international gathering of voices will be leveling this charge. Sponsored by Bethlehem Bible College, the fourth bi-annual "Christ at the Checkpoint" (CatC) conference has chosen as its theme, "The gospel in the face of religious extremism.

Israeli flag waving over the Sea of GalileeTuesday, 1 March 2016 | Why do Christians stand with Israel? Arguably, everybody wonders. For Christians who align themselves with the Jewish state, the question poses a challenge to explain. That is because most Christians ask it with inflections that mean, how could you?

In fact, from its earliest days in Rome, Christian history sided with those who regarded Jewish homelessness and suffering as God's judgment for rejecting Jesus as Messiah. Replacing the Jews as God's "chosen people," Christianity asserted that it alone was the rightful heir to all of God's biblically recorded blessings and promises.

Undyed wool textile typical of Iron Age TimnaWednesday, 2 March 2016 | Deep in the south of Israel's Negev Desert, Timna Valley is the location of ancient copper mines that archaeologists say went into production 7,000 years ago. Most also believe they are the location of copper mines used by King Solomon. That theory was strengthened last week by the announcement of the discovery of 3,000-year-old fabrics and seeds that date to the time of Israel's golden age under the administrations of King David and his son, Solomon.

 The find was uncovered by Dr. Erez Ben-Yosef of Tel Aviv University [TAU]. Ben-Yosef and his team announced their discovery of "an extensive fabric collection of diverse color, design and origin."

A broadcast for Muslim mothers to teach their children hatred toward Jews Thursday, 3 March 2016 | For years, watchdog groups in Israel have sounded the alarm about a pandemic of propaganda in Palestinian textbooks. The warning was that children under the tutelage of these texts would become dangerous and implacable enemies of the Jewish state. Today, after six months of murderous terror attacks against Israelis, many by children, it appears those warnings have become a sobering reality.

Ten years ago one watchdog group, Palestinian Media Watch, published a report about Palestinian schoolbooks that presented "a world without Israel." That report delineated assertions made in classroom materials that depicted conflict with Israel as an Islamic holy war, portrayed maps of "Palestine" on which Israel does not exist, denied the Holocaust, and depicted all Palestinians as victims of the "Zionist entity."

  Sadik Gulec/shutterstock.com Gaza is ramping up for another war with Israel and openly says so. Hamas leader Ismael Haniyeh is pledging to attack and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is pledging a devastating response. As a result, there is talk today in Israel that another Gaza war might be only months away.

Experts in Israel say that Hamas has as many tunnels today as it had just before it started its war with Israel in the summer of 2014. Spending upward of US $140 million per year since that conflict ended less than two years ago, tunnel reconstruction has been proceeding at a fast pace.

The world does not know it, or does not want to, but the historical record is undeniable: admiration of Adolph Hitler has been part-and-parcel of the Palestinian movement since the Fuhrer came to power in 1933. For this reason, it is a sober but not surprising reality that Hitler's popularity is making a strong comeback among those who call themselves Palestinians. On the other hand, it is jolting to see his exploding popularity in today's Europe and all across the internet. Hitler may be dead, but as Islamic Palestinianism gains ascendancy on the world stage, his rabid spirit of anti-Semitism has returned.

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