Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is seeking a fourth term in election scheduled for March 17, will address U.S. Congress Tuesday, and he is expected to call on President Obama, with whom he already has strained relations, to halt Washington's emerging nuclear deal with Iran.
Netanyahu, who is known as an admirer of former British premier Winston Churchill, is visiting the United States on the invitation of Republican House Speaker John Boehner, and the Obama administration reportedly had no knowledge about it. He will address a joint meeting of Congress Tuesday.
"No matter how Churchillian Netanyahu may be when he speaks, no matter how powerful his words, he misunderstands the dynamics in Washington," Bloomberg quoted Gil Troy, an American-Israeli historian and commentator, as saying. "With each added insult, we're going from the usual spat to a really serious and game-changing challenge." more >>
Islamic State is likely to release 29 Assyrian Christian hostages, especially those who did not fight when the terror group attacked their villages and captured hundreds this week, but the Sunni militants may have already killed 15 Christian hostages, according to reports.
A Sharia Court of the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS and ISIL, in the Tal Tamer area of Syria's al-Hasakah province issued an order for the release of 29 Assyrian citizens, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which documents human rights situation in Syria, reported Saturday.
An Assyrian commander, who informed the Observatory about the court's order, said the fate of the other Assyrian Christian hostages will also be decided by Sharia courts. more >>
More than 200 Assyrian Christians have been kidnapped by the terrorist organization ISIS, and prayers have gone out around the world for their safe return. Two members of the Assyrian Church of the East spoke with The Christian Post about the situation in Syria and the loss of several religious artifacts at the hands of ISIS.
Jennifer Griesenauer and her aunt, Toni Abraham, who live in the United States, have watched in horror as members of their faith are systematically being targeted for kidnapping and execution. This week it emerged that ISIS fighters also destroyed religious artifacts, reaching new levels of destruction and animosity.
"Oh my God it's horrible," Toni told CP late Thursday. "Khabour River area is where my great grandfather held a priest school. Under his teachings, we have many well-known bishops, priests and deacons who are scholars in Aramaic, the language Christ spoke, currently the Assyrian Church of the East. It's sad to see that church destroyed and our Assyrian people still being targeted because of our Christian religion." more >>
Anti-Christian graffiti written in Hebrew was found at the scene of a Greek Orthodox seminary arson near Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday.
No one was injured during the fire, according to police, who believe the blaze was contained in the bathroom of the seminary.
The slogans written in Hebrew were found in the same area and read "Jesus is a son of a whore" and "Redemption of Zion." The fire reportedly started around 4 a.m. that night. more >>
Speaking in a discussion on Islam at the National Religious Broadcasters' International Christian Media Convention on Tuesday, New York Times bestselling author and Middle East expert Joel Rosenberg explained that the biggest threat facing the Western world is not the rise of radical Islam, but rather the rise of "apocalyptic Islam."
In one of four Islam discussions held at the three-day conference in Nashville, Tennessee, Rosenberg, who authored the bestselling book series The Last Jihad, criticized the Obama administration for refusing to acknowledge the threat posed by radical extremist terrorists as a threat from "radical Islam."
Rosenberg continued by saying that although many people feel that the rise of radical terrorist groups is one of the biggest threats to America and Western nations, a bigger cause for concern in the West should be the rise of two nation-states — Iran and the Islamic State — with leaders promoting an "apocalyptic" brand of Islam focused on the "annihilation" of the United States and Israel. more >>
Assyrian Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, ordinary of the Syrian Catholic Archieparchy in Hassaké-Nisibis, has spoken out against the kidnapping of more than 260 Assyrian Christians and blamed the U.S. and its Western allies for triggering conflicts that have destabilized the region and prompted ISIS to carry out such attacks.
"With their disastrous policies — mainly the French and the U.S., with their regional allies, have favored in fact the Daesh (ISIS) escalation," Hindo told Fides News Agency.
"Now they persevere in error, commit strategic, grotesque mistakes such as the announcement of the 'spring campaign' to liberate Mosul and insist on interfering with irrelevant interventions, instead of recognizing that their guaranteed support to jihadist groups has led us to this chaos and has destroyed Syria, making us regress 200 years." more >>