Are the rumors true? Is Netanyahu about to make major concessions in the peace process? Here’s what we know.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

netanyahu-Obama-inPMofficeUPDATED:(Washington, D.C.) — The very fact that Israeli leaders on the center-right of the political spectrum are getting so anxious, even angry, strongly suggests two rumors are true:

  1. The Obama administration and the Europeans are putting enormous pressure on the Netanyahu government behind the scenes to say “yes” on to an American-crafted peace plan; and
  2. Netanyahu is seriously contemplating agreeing to deeply painful and enormously controversial concessions, possibly even dividing Jerusalem and rolling Israel back to her pre-1967 borders.

Many analysts have felt for the past year that Secretary Kerry’s frenetic efforts to jump-start the Israeli-Palestinian peace process were going nowhere and doomed to failure. Now there is rapidly growing evidence that Kerry has driven the two parties into the corner, and that he appears to be putting the most pressure on the Israeli side to make the deepest concessions.

Here’s what we know so far:

In his address to the U.N. General Assembly…

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“The Bible says Christians aren’t very smart.”

Ray Comfort's Daily Evidence

Those who think this verse, 1 Corinthians 1:26,  means Christians are not wise are skipping over the words “after the flesh.” There are different types of wisdom. There is the wisdom of this world (“after the flesh”), and there is the wisdom of God. The message of this passage is that God has chosen a seemingly foolish message, requiring humility and childlike faith, to confound those proud folks who think they are wise.

If you look around the Christian faith, you won’t find many of those proud people who are puffed up in their own “fleshly” wisdom. The same thing is true with 1 Cor. 3:18: it speaks of anyone who “seems to be wise in this age,” and goes on to explain that “the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.” Again, this is referring to those who are wise in their own eyes—they only think they…

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The White House is trying to impose a Mideast peace deal. Here’s what you need to know.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

(Washington, D.C.) — A fascinating but dicey and possibly dangerous moment is rapidly approaching in the epicenter.

The Obama administration is about to tell the Israelis and Palestinians how to solve their problems. The White House is about to pressure both sides to agree “in principle” to an interim agreement, and then work on a final peace treaty. How the two sides will react is anyone’s bet. Could the dynamic actually lead to a peaceful resolution of an ancient conflict? Seems unlikely. Could it lead to a calm and quiet at least for a while? Sure, theoretically. But to be candid, it could also lead to political chaos, or even to renewed violence.

Let me explain as concisely as I can.

Within days, or at most a few weeks, Secretary of State John Kerry will present both sides with what he calls a “framework agreement.” Essentially, this is an American-crafted peace plan. Yes, it will be based on…

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Syria has given up only 5% of chemical weapons, sources say. Could it wind up in al-Qaeda’s hands?

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

In 2013, a U.S. and Allied military attack on Syria was averted at the last moment by a Russian-negotiated deal. The Assad regime promised to disclose all of its WMD sites and have U.N. weapons inspectors remove 100% of Syria’s chemical weapons on a specific timetable.

But months after the deal was struck, Reuters reports that Syria has only given up 5% of its stockpile, and will miss yet another critical deadline.

Meanwhile, the danger remains that al Qaeda or other Radical jihadist forces could seize some of the chemical weapons.

Let’s pray that doesn’t happen, and leave that for a future political thriller. But here are the latest details.

Excerpts from a Reuters story:

  • “Syria has given up less than 5 percent of its chemical weapons arsenal and will miss next week’s deadline to send all toxic agents abroad for destruction, sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
  • The deliveries, in…

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Self-indulgent Church.

Ray Comfort's Daily Evidence

There is nothing wrong with being prosperous, eating fine foods, etc., but not at the neglect of any concern for those afflicted with the fatal disease of sin. This was the sin of the rich man whom Jesus speaks of in Luke 16:1–3. This was the sin of Laodicean church, which thought that it was rich and in need of nothing (see Rev. 3:19). How this describes the contemporary church, which is self-indulgent and has little concern for the unsaved.

Amos 6:4

Who lie on beds of ivory,
Stretch out on your couches,
Eat lambs from the flock
And calves from the midst of the stall;
5 Who sing idly to the sound of stringed instruments,
And invent for yourselves musical instruments like David; 6 Who drink wine from bowls,
And anoint yourselves with the best ointments,
But are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
7 Therefore they shall…

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GAME-CHANGER: U.S. intelligence assessment says Iran can now build and deliver nukes. Now what?

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

(Washington, D.C.) — In a game-changing development, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence delivered Senate testimony on Wednesday stating that the Iranian regime has all the scientific and technical information, industrial infrastructure and practical know-how to build nuclear weapons. The Director said Iran also has ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads against regional actors, including Israel, and is developing long-range missiles capable of hitting the United States.

The long-expected and long-feared news does not mean Iran has operational nuclear weapons yet — at least U.S. intelligence doesn’t think they have them yet — but Washington now believes that once the Ayatollah makes the political decision to build them his scientists and engineers will be fully able to carry out his orders.

The sobering news comes one day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the P5+1 deal with Iran merely set back the Iranian nuclear weapons program by six weeks.

“Although there are…

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Like Jonah: Go!

Ray Comfort's Daily Evidence

How each of us can identify with Jonah! We too have been told to “go” and speak to the world about its great wickedness that has come before God.

We may identify with the prophet, but God forbid that we should imitate him. He fled “from the presence of the LORD.” A fish would do better to try to flee from the presence of the ocean. Although God may manifest Himself in certain places, it is to follow in the folly of Adam to imagine that we can run from His presence (see Gen. 3:8). God is omnipresent.

Jonah 1:1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” 3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He…

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New polls find Americans prefer military strike to nuclear Iran, deeply skeptical of President’s approach towards Iran.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

U.S. President Obama delivers remarks at the White House in Washington(Washington, D.C.) — Americans are losing confidence in President Obama’s policy towards Iran, and when push comes to shove prefer a military strike to allowing Tehran to acquire nuclear weapons.

Only 42% of Americans approve of the President’s approach towards Iran, a drop since December, finds a new AP pollreleased Tuesday.

What’s more, fewer than half the country believes the recent nuclear deal with Iran will work. A CNN anchor recently called the deal “a train wreck.”

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Obama insisted his Iran policy was working. He even vowed to veto a bill imposing new economic sanctions on Iran that is working its way through Congress.

“The sanctions that we put in place helped make this opportunity possible. But let me be clear: if this Congress sends me a new sanctions bill now that threatens to derail these…

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Are we praying for our leaders at this time of crisis? Or are we sniping at them? A few thoughts on the importance of prayer.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

prayerLast night, the President delivered his annual “State of the Union” address. Some of you loved it. Some of you were infuriated. Some of you ignored it. Many of you feel deeply pessimistic about the direction our country is heading and powerless to make things better. I share your concerns.

However, the Scriptures tell us we are not powerless, and that we serve an Almighty God.

  • “I am God Almighty; walk before Me, and be blameless.” (Genesis 17:1)
  • “Nothing will be impossible for God.” (Luke 1:37)
  • “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.” (Job 42:2)

As Christians, we know the Lord is sovereign — and this sovereign God commands us in the Scriptures to pray for our leaders.

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are…

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State of the Union? Only 3% of Americans say it is “strong.” Here’s why.

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

capitol-blue(Washington, D.C.) — In 2012, President Obama concluded the State of the Union address by saying, “The state of our Union will always be strong.”

In 2013, the President told Congress and the nation, “We can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is stronger.”

Will he say it again tonight? More importantly, is it true?

A new poll finds only 3% of Americans believe the state of our union is “strong.”

Here are some of the reasons why:

  • We are giving our children and grandchildren more than $17 trillion in federal debt, and it just keeps climbing and climbing with no end in sight and no plan to pay it down.
  • We have aborted some 55 million babies since 1973, and many Americans seem to believe there will be no consequences.
  • We are deeply worried about widespread drug and alcohol abuse, a wave of violent crime and mass shootings, the…

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