A massive march to the city of Jerusalem is planned for this Friday with communities from around the world calling for "freedom for Palestine and its capital Jerusalem" in an event that has attracted the support of Desmond Tutu, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright as well as the nation of Iran.
The event, called "Global March to Jerusalem," is being orchestrated by the International Central Committee, a group comprised of 42 delegates representing five continents.
The delegates seek to have one million people march in solidarity along the borders of Israel in surrounding Middle Eastern countries in an attempt to come "to the nearest point possible" to the ancient and historically significant city. more >>
Israel is the only country in the Middle East where Christians can practice their faith with complete freedom, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday during the Christians United for Israel (CUFI) 2012 conference in Jerusalem.
Americans and Israeli share "values that ensure that Israel's Christian population will always be free to practice their faith," Netanyahu said in his speech. "That's the only place in the Middle East where Christians are fully free to practice their faith. They don't have to fear. They don't have to flee." These values, which the prime minister said included a common biblical heritage and "revolutionary ideas," also assure that Israel's minorities, including Arabs and women, always have their civil rights.
"At a time when Christians are under siege in so many places, in so many lands in the Middle East, I'm proud that in Israel Christians are free to practice their faith. And to have a thriving Christian community in Israel," Netanyahu added. more >>
A conference held last week in Bethlehem between March 5-9 brought together more than 600 international and local Christians to discuss the future of Palestinian Christians and the ongoing Middle East conflict.
"Christ at the Checkpoint" addressed how to keep hope and faith in Christ amid the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, and discussed biblical ways of viewing the issues that have historically divided the two communities. It was hosted by Bethlehem Bible College, an organization of Palestinian Evangelical Christians.
Although a lot has been written in recent times comparing the current Middle East situation to prophecies highlighted in the Bible, the conference leaders wanted to steer the discussion away from End Times talk and encourage the evangelical community to join Palestinians in following Jesus in the prophetic pursuance of justice, peace and reconciliation. more >>
In a pointed message to President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave Obama a copy of the book of Esther, which recounts how Esther heroically prevented the massacre of Jews.
"The prime minister of Israel is many things, but subtle is not one of them," columnist Jeffrey Goldberg wrote Wednesday for Bloomberg. "The message of Purim is: When the Jews see a murderous conspiracy forming against them, they will act to disrupt the plot. A further refinement of the message is: When the Jews see a plot forming against them in Persia, they will act to disrupt the plot, even if Barack Obama wishes that they would wait for permission."
Jews will be celebrating Purim on Wednesday and Thursday this week to remember Esther's deeds. Esther, a Jew, was selected to be the Queen of Persia, but kept her religion secret. In her position, she wittingly prevented a plot to kill all the Jews in Persia. more >>
A two-hour Oval Office meeting Monday between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu has set the stage for what will likely be one of the most important foreign policy decisions in the next year – whether or not to militarily strike Iran to remove its nuclear weapon capability.
Obama wants more time to give diplomacy, economic sanctions and international pressure a chance to convince Iran to stop their nuclear program. Israel has only a small window of opportunity at which it can strike Iran by itself. Since only the United States has "bunker buster" bombs, once Iran's nuclear facilities have been buried under ground Israel would have to rely upon the United States to come to its defense if Iran were to try to build a nuclear weapon. Whether or not Israel strikes Iran, therefore, depends mostly on the degree to which Netanyahu trusts Obama.
At a press conference after their meeting, Obama emphasized finding a diplomatic solution while Netanyahu emphasized Israel's right to defend itself. more >>
NEW YORK – The Middle East crisis is gripping the world's attention now more than ever with the growing Iranian nuclear threat and possibility of attacks on Israel. One upcoming conference will seek to address not only how believers should prepare for prophetic events associated with the crisis, but also how to reach the lost and lead them to Christ.
Israel, The Church and the Middle East Crisis conference takes place March 23-24, 2012, at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., and it is being organized by a Messianic Jewish organization called Chosen People Ministries.
The organization, founded in 1894, exists to pray for, evangelize, disciple, and serve Jewish people everywhere and to help fellow believers do the same. Chosen People Ministries serves in 13 countries across the globe and is involved in cooperative efforts between Jews and Christians to glorify Christ's message of peace. more >>