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November 2008 Entries

Giving Thanks in the Middle East

You might think there's not alot to be thankful for in the Middle East, especially in war-torn Iraq.  However, I just got this update from Canon Andrew White of the Anglican Church, often referred to as the "Vicar of Baghdad."  You may remember CBN News did an interview with White several months ago where he eloquently described the plight of Iraqi Christians in the midst of war and terror.  In this update, White describes the impact his church and flock had on one visto

posted @ Thursday, November 27, 2008 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Koenig on Obama, Iran and Israel

What impact will President-elect Obama's policies have on Israel?  Will Israel strike Iran's nuclear facilities?  And what are the host of challenges now facing Israel in a hostile Middle East?  We addressed these issues in the second part of our interview with Bill Koenig, author of "Eye to Eye:  Facing the Consequences of Dividing Israel" and host of  I think you'll appreciate Koenig's insight and analysis about issues that will have a profound

posted @ Tuesday, November 18, 2008 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Koenig on Bush’s Middle East Legacy

On January 20th – just more than two months away - President Bush’s term of will expire.  Despite a high intensity diplomatic push by his Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Bush failed to achieve a negotiated settlement between Israelis and Palestinians by the end of his term, a goal he set earlier this year. 

posted @ Monday, November 17, 2008 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

Update on Ami Ortiz

Many of you remember Ami Ortiz.  Ami is the son of David and Leah Ortiz who pastor a congregation in Ariel here in Israel.  Earlier this year, on March 20th, Ami opened up a holiday package during the feast of Purim.  The gift disguised a sophisticated bomb.  The explosion tore through Ami's body and nearly killed him.  Miraculously, Ami survived and now nearly eight months later, Ami and his parents continue to put their life together.  The following is an update f

posted @ Friday, November 14, 2008 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)

What Does Obama's Victory Mean for the Middle East?

Outside of Joe Biden's comment that - if elected - Barack Obama would be tested early on in his administration, foreign policy played a minor role in the 2008 campaign, particularly at the end when the U.S. economy dominated the election.  But it's likely foreign policy - particularly in the Middle East - will play a major role in Obama's administration.  In fact, it appears Russia is already testing him with a speech today by Russia's president opposing U.S. missiles stationed in Euro

posted @ Wednesday, November 05, 2008 5:00 AM | Feedback (0)