Several high-profile evangelical leaders will travel to Israel next week as a part of the “Christians in Solidarity with Israel” trip put together by the National Religious Broadcasters in response to the most recent conflict in Gaza.
Feeling can't stop at Israel’s border; it's necessary, if we are to try to assuage the suffering on both sides.
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As I sat in an office in Washington, D.C. a couple of weeks ago refreshing live updates of the most recent escalation in Gaza, I felt a wave of déjà vu. The last time I had read similar updates this obsessively, they had been more intensely relevant to my own life. When I decided to volunteer in Tel Aviv in 2012 before beginning college I had not expected a war, although I knew it was an ever-present possibility in Israel. And yet there I was: jumping at sirens, running for shelter with my roommates, and waiting for the boom and smoke in the sky which signaled the Iron Dome’s success in meeting a missile mid-air. The Tel Aviv bubble had been broken, and a city I had come to know and love was tinged with fear. Dusty bomb shelters were reopened and people ran for those shelters, or whatever covering they could find, when the air raid sirens wailed. I vividly remember attempting to walk my usual route to work in a defiant attempt at normalcy – it failed, because I spent the entire time scanning every block for potential shelter in case of a siren.
Hamas said it won the war and forced Israel to retreat because it couldn't wipe out Hamas.
It agree to a three-day ceasefire that was supposed to end this installment of the on-going Israel-Gaza wars but when Israel refused to surrender to its demands, the terrorist group let the pause expire and resumed firing rockets and mortars into Israel. Naturally, the renewed violence was all Israel's fault, a Hamas spokesman said, because the Zionists wouldn't meet Hamas's conditions.
Rome - Italian officials on Tuesday (Aug. 5) moved to expel a Moroccan imam who was caught on video inciting violence against Jews during Israel’s military offensive in Gaza.Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said he had ordered the imam, Raoudi Aldelbar, to be expelled “for seriously disturbing the peace, endangering national security and religious discrimination.”
Jose Diaz-Balart this morning on his daily MSNBC show came up with one of the dumbest questions ever asked on cable television.
Interviewing one of his network's reporters in Gaza about the breakdown of the Israel-Hamas ceasefire, the capture of an IDF soldier and the ongoing artillery and rocket exchanges playing out in the background, Diaz-Balart wanted to know, "How do you describe the ambiance there?"
Hamas has put out a video showing its ability to fire rockets from hidden underground launch pads to shooting on the run from the back of battered pick-up trucks or hidden among trees. What they’re not boasting about in this video is firing from inside homes, hospitals, schools and other seemingly benign civilian buildings.
Amid media frenzy and global outrage, Israel just needs more time. Will the world let Israel win?
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U.S. and Israeli officials have been working hard in recent days to ease the deeply bruised feelings on both sides after Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposed cease-fire conditions appeared more sympathetic to the cause of Hamas, a declared terrorist organization, than to Israel, America’s greatest ally.