Opinion—Syria May Be the Melting Pot of Trouble, But Focus Is Key

Syria is so bad the bad guys are fighting worse guys and now not everyone on the “good side” is happy even when the good guys have success against the bad guys. It’s a hodge-podge of turmoil and terror, impacting virtually the entire region. It’s not just that three or …

Oldest Found Copy of Lamentations Displayed in Jerusalem on Tragic Fast Day

Thousands of years after the saddest book of the Bible, Lamentations, mourned the destruction of Jerusalem, a 2,000-year-old scroll of the book was made available for Jerusalemites to see on the day traditionally set aside to read the tragic text. Lamentations is traditionally read on the saddest day of the …

Gaza Car Bombs Target… Palestinians?

In a sign that infighting among terror groups in the Gaza Strip may be heating up, the Ma’an News Agency reported that five car bombs blew up cars parked near their owners’ homes on Sunday morning. The cars were owned by members of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad militant wings, …

Jordanian King Appeases Everyone… Except Israel

Jordan and Israel have a long-standing peace treaty, but that doesn’t make them friends. That was on full display on Friday as Jordan’s King tried to mend ties with nearly every nation in the Middle East, even Iran, but only leveled a one-sided and unfair critique of Israel. The Jordanian …

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Jordanian King Appeases Everyone… Except Israel

July 30, 2015 News
Since when is giving money to terrorists an ok idea?  Illustrative banner of terrorists and Dome of the Rock. By Joshua Spurlock

Since when is giving money to terrorists an ok idea? Illustrative banner of terrorists and Dome of the Rock. By Joshua Spurlock

Jordan and Israel have a long-standing peace treaty, but that doesn’t make them friends. That was on full display on Friday as Jordan’s King tried to mend ties with nearly every nation in the Middle East, even Iran, but only leveled a one-sided and unfair critique of Israel.

The Jordanian Petra News Agency quoted King Abdullah II as saying he doesn’t perceive any “negative impact” of the Iranian nuclear deal, despite the fact that an Iranian terror suspect was caught in Jordan just weeks ago. The threat that Iranian-funded terror could increase as sanctions come off Iran in the nuclear deal is a risk Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned against time and again. In fact, the same day King Abdullah was shrugging off concerns, Netanyahu was voicing them to Russia’s President. … Continue Reading

Oldest Found Copy of Lamentations Displayed in Jerusalem on Tragic Fast Day

July 26, 2015 News-Drash, Religious Life
Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Thousands of years after the saddest book of the Bible, Lamentations, mourned the destruction of Jerusalem, a 2,000-year-old scroll of the book was made available for Jerusalemites to see on the day traditionally set aside to read the tragic text. Lamentations is traditionally read on the saddest day of the Jewish calendar, known as Tisha B’Av—Hebrew for the ninth day of the month of Av—commemorates some of the most tragic moments in Israel’s history, including the destruction of the First and Second Temple.

The ancient scroll was publicly displayed in a Jerusalem museum for the first time over a span of four days leading up to and including Tisha B’Av, according to a news release on the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem website. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in comments released by his office, praised the importance of the scrolls appearance in Jerusalem. … Continue Reading

Assad Optimistic on Army while Explaining Why ‘Terrorists’ Claimed Territory

July 26, 2015 News
Trying to say things are better than they are? Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (right) shakes hands with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left). Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Trying to say things are better than they are? Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (right) shakes hands with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left). Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Syria’s army isn’t capable of controlling the entire country right now in their civil war, but that doesn’t mean the Syrian regime is conceding defeat or that breaking up the country into various states is a viable option. President Bashar al-Assad, in a speech covered on the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), called the battle a “war of existence” and that “terrorists” have taken some areas as their state sponsors have “increased their support to them.” Despite that, Assad claimed things weren’t collapsing.

“Are the Syrian Armed Forces optimally capable of carrying out their tasks well and protecting the homeland?” asked Assad according to SANA. “I don’t like exaggerations, so I am giving a scientific, practical, true, and realistic answer: Yes, certainly it is capable, and comfortably so.” … Continue Reading

Suspect Identified in Turkey Attack; ISIS Possibly Behind Bombing

July 21, 2015 News
Is Turkey the latest target for ISIS? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

Is Turkey the latest target for ISIS? Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

Turkey announced on Tuesday they had identified a suspect in the deadly bombing in their country, but they were not yet ready to announce that ISIS (ISIL) was behind the attack that killed more than 30 people on Monday. The Daily Hurriyet also reported that one consideration in the investigation is that it was a suicide bomber who had infiltrated the humanitarian group targeted in the blast.

“As I underlined yesterday, the probability of the [the attack’s] link with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant [ISIL] and the suicide bomber has intensified,” Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu was quoted by the report as saying. Davutoğlu, who became premier as Recep Tayyip Erdogan became president, cautioned against reaching conclusions until the investigation concluded. The incident has reporters asking if ISIS is now turning its violent reach towards Turkey as it seeks to build an empire. … Continue Reading

Israel Notes Others in Middle East Also Oppose Iran Pact; UN Votes on Deal

July 20, 2015 Iran Nuclear Program, News
Netanyahu speaking the truth. Photo Courtesy of UN-Photo/Marco Castro

Netanyahu speaking the truth. Photo Courtesy of UN-Photo/Marco Castro

The powerful United Nations Security Council endorsed the Iran nuclear deal on Monday, step one towards the “eventual removal” of nuclear sanctions on Iran, according to the UN News Centre. Still to come is a vote to consider removing the sanctions after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifies that Iran has met their requirements. However, while Monday’s initial vote was unanimous for the fifteen-member council, that doesn’t mean that the whole world is behind it.

In fact, Arabs and Israel, the nations most impacted by the deal besides Iran, are apparently among the most opposed. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a vocal objector to the deal, said on Monday, “Many in the Middle East see eye-to-eye with Israel and concur that this agreement is dangerous, dangerous to them, dangerous to the region and dangerous to the world.” … Continue Reading

Gaza Car Bombs Target… Palestinians?

July 20, 2015 Peace and Conflict
Palestinian security has a growing threat on their hands. Palestinian security forces. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Palestinian security has a growing threat on their hands. Palestinian security forces. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

In a sign that infighting among terror groups in the Gaza Strip may be heating up, the Ma’an News Agency reported that five car bombs blew up cars parked near their owners’ homes on Sunday morning. The cars were owned by members of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad militant wings, the two most powerful terror groups in Gaza. Ma’an noted that this is the first time that Islamic Jihad has been targeted in such an incident.

Reportedly, graffiti displaying the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, was nearby. However, as of Monday no group had been officially credited with the attacks, despite the fact that two suspects had been arrested in connection with the incident. … Continue Reading

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