Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress for almost an hour today, calling for a fully demilitarized Palestinian state. Netanyahu was interrupted by applause 56 times from the bipartisan body, 26 of which were standing ovations.
Netanyahu began his speech by saying, “Israel has no better friend than America. And America has no better friend than Israel.” Every U.S. President since Richard Nixon has tried to reach a peace agreement with Palestine and Israel, all with little or no lasting results.
The address was in large part in response to President Obama’s comment last week suggesting the borders between Israel and Palestine revert back to the 1967 borders, which Netanyahu called, “indefensible” in his remarks. The Israeli prime minister was in obvious disagreement with Obama over terms for a future Palestinian state. more >>
President Barack Obama repeated on Sunday his proposal for Israel’s 1967 borders to be the starting point for peace talks between Israel and Palestine.
The 1967 lines refer to Israel's borders before it made territorial gains in the Six-Day War.
After first making the call on Thursday, Obama has been accused of shifting the U.S. away from its pro-Israel stance for “a credible peace process.” more >>
Dr. Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, spoke for the first time this week on the death of Osama bin Laden, saying he believes bin Laden is in hell for being one of the "unrepentant wicked."
His comments were delivered Wednesday during a discussion on Christian responses to bin Laden's death at the seminary's Pasadena campus. Mouw called the event an "important time for communal discernment and pastoral theological reflection."
Speaking about the issue of heaven and hell as it relates to the al-Qaida leader’s death, Mouw said he couldn't avoid the "Rob Bell discussion." In March, the Fuller president had written a commentary defending Bell's view on hell, saying he didn't think the Love Wins author to be a universalist. more >>
Evangelist Franklin Graham is echoing the earlier charge made by a former president that the U.S. government is withholding food aid to North Korea for political reasons.
Speaking recently with Greta Van Susteren, host of the Fox News Channel’s On The Record, Graham highlighted the catastrophic food shortage currently facing the isolated nation and the appropriate response needed from the United States.
“You have around 24 million people. About six million are going to be affected with this food shortage,” the renowned preacher told Susteren. “If we don’t do something soon you will see hundreds of thousands that can possibly perish in this famine.” more >>
Pastor Rick Warren and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair shared an evening conversation Sunday in front of more than 2,600 people about faith, the Middle East, globalization, and 9/11.
Speaking at the seventh Saddleback Civil Forum, Blair told Warren that he believes the most important issue in the long term is centered on faith. As diverse people are forced to live together, he said at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., the key question is, “How do we find common understanding?”
“Faith teaches you to understand there is something more important than yourself, which is an important principle in working toward a better world. If individuals can see people of faith in action, helping in support of others, it makes this process of globalization easier,” Blair said. more >>
Megachurch pastor Rick Warren will speak to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Egypt and peace in a globalized economy next month at Saddleback Church.
Blair is "very excited" about being a guest lecturer at the seventh Saddleback Civil Forum to be held March 6, said the California megachurch pastor on Sunday.
"We're going to take five letters of the Global PEACE Plan and the five global giants and talk about spiritual emptiness, corrupt leadership, extreme poverty, pandemic diseases, and illiteracy and education. These are the five problems the PEACE Plan is designed to [address]," Warren told his congregation. more >>