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A Change of Heart, Mind, and Soul …

Political scientist, M. Reza Behnam, Ph.D., specializing in the history, politics and governments of the Middle East; and, author of the award-winning book ‘Cultural Foundations of Iranian Politics,’ opened his article ‘Selling Israel Biblically’ with: “Geopolitical,...

A Marriage Forged in Hell …

A powerful minority within the 670 million Evangelical Christians world-wide have fused their geopolitical interests with an equally powerful minority, the far-right neoconservatives (Neocons}. Together, they have become the Neo-Pharisees of the world wreaking their...

A Look from Within …

Wow! Daring! The article, ‘Neither Israel's nor Germany's Slide Into Fascism Was Accidental,’ proclaimed by Israeli Yoav Rinon, Associate Professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature and of Classics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is based on the...

The White Elephant in the Room … Noticed by More and More

I wish – hope and pray – that every Evangelical Christian will read Amy Kaplan’s, ‘Our American Israel: The Story of an Entangled Alliance.’ Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, depicts Kaplan’s book in his article,...

Make Believe vs ‘True’ Beliefs

 I can’t literally translate this into English but everyone who speaks and understands Dutch knows the intuitive meaning of: “De mens is eerder bijgelovig dan gelovig.” One translation is: “Humankind is more superstitious than religious,” but that doesn’t cut it. It’s...

Revisiting the Prophetic Ideals of Justice …

In the 1800’s, the Hebrew-reading intelligentsia dreamed of an elite Jewry composed of select groups of intellectual and idealistic Jews who would emigrate to Palestine to revive a national Jewish creativeness, a Jewish cultural renaissance. The ‘return to Zion,’ was...

In His Footsteps?

My two oldest children are visiting Israel, as I’m writing this blog. They’re literally walking in the footsteps of Jesus, or so they’d like to believe. But whose footsteps are Jesus interested in? His or ours? This fired up a conversation between my daughter’s...

Pagan Zionism … Every Evangelical is forewarned

In ‘Trump’s America, Netanyahu’s Israel,’ Adam Shatz encapsulates in a short and to-the-point article how the leaders of the free world are denigrating biblical Zionism into Pagan Zionism; and, states: “more remarkable still, few Israelis – or their supporters abroad,...

The Bible says:

“destroy your enemies by becoming friends” (Matthew 5: 43 – 48). Let’s have tea and work toward a peaceful Israel-Palestine. If it’s possible there, it’s possible everywhere.

Come and See …

So, when the Messiah comes, who will He recognize as the oppressed? Who will Jesus liberate from whom? If Jesus were to crack through the clouds above Jerusalem, wouldn’t He again go to Samaria and minister to the Palestinians, today’s Samaritans, as in John 4?...

No Country for Palestinians

In his article, ‘No Country for Palestinians (April 2, 2019),’ Palestinian Christian, Daoud Kuttab, suggests: “The Israeli general election should have given Israelis an opportunity to choose between war and peace. Instead, Israelis will have a choice between war and...

An Open Letter To My Fellow American, Civil Servant Jared Kushner

Guest Blog

By Steven Paas I July 4, 2019

An Open Letter To My Fellow, Civil Servant Jared Kushner

From one American to another: Get out of the car. Go home.

The White House today finally released the much-anticipated economic plan of what the Trump administration has infamously coined “the deal of the century.” This release is being made days before the planned economic workshop called for in Bahrain on June 25 and 26. The Economic Plan is three parts: a website, which has an executive summarya 40-page narrative of the plan, and a 96-page detailed listing of the programs and projects of Peace to Prosperity. I just read them all. 

Guest Blog

By Steven Paas I April 9, 2019

Looking for the Brothers and Sisters of Jesus: Challenging the Ideas of Israelism (including Christian Zionism and Replacement Theology)

This article is meant as an introduction to Dr. Rob Dalrymple’s These Brothers of Mine, 1 The author of that book is a Presbyterian minister in California and a member of an Evangelical Network, which looks for peace and justice in the Middle East. The book contributes to the debate in the Christian world about the relationship between Israel and the Church. 

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Twitter I April 22, 2019

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RT 972mag ““Israel is increasingly restricting movement between Gaza and the West Bank so as to deepen the separation between Palestinians torn between parts of the occupied Palestinian territory,” according to Gisha_Access.

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“the decision is based on political considerations…and the limitations are part of Israel’s “separation policy,” which seeks to widen the divide between geographically disconnected Palestinian