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BREAKING: Shock new poll finds Bernie Sanders — avowed “socialist” proclaiming “revolution” — ahead of all Democratic presidential contenders. Party leaders panicking, say Sanders leading a “cult” that could lead to “the end of days.” Here’s what you need to know.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — Can an avowed socialist win the Democratic presidential nomination? The latest polls say yes.

  • “SANDERS CEMENTS FRONT-RUNNER STATUS AFTER NEW HAMPSHIRE WIN,” reports the Morning Consult poll.
  • After winning the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has “opened up a double-digit lead over former Vice President Joe Biden,” notes the poll. Sanders is now “the first choice for 29 percent of Democratic primary voters, up 4 percentage points since polling conducted Feb. 4-9. Biden’s support fell 3 points during that time to 19 percent.”

A growing number of top Democratic strategists also say yes.

And they’re terrified, especially since a recent CNN analysis indicated Sanders’ economic proposals could cost $60 trillion, “an expansion of government’s cost and size unprecedented since World War II.”

Sanders is not even a member of the Democratic Party. He’s actually a registered Independent. And he is not shrinking back from the “socialist” label — he’s proud of it, even as he openly calls for “political revolution” in America.

So, can Sanders really will win the Democratic nomination? It’s too early to say. But he’s creating a political earthquake in the United States that certainly bears watching. 

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First Review: #TheJerusalemAssassin is a “chilling, thought-provoking thriller….No question it will stand among the year’s best thrillers….Rosenberg’s ability to write prophetic fiction is simply unmatched by anyone else in the genre today." Pre-order today. Novel releases March 17th.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — The first review is in and I couldn’t be more pleased. Thanks so much to Ryan Steck, editor of The Real Book Spy, the leading website for news and reviews of spy novels and thrillers!

FEATURED REVIEW: THE JERUSALEM ASSASSIN

Former Secret Service agent turned CIA operative Marcus Ryker returns in the latest chilling, thought-provoking thriller from Joel C. Rosenberg. 

Following the events of The Kremlin Conspiracy and The Persian Gamble, American president Andrew Clarke is determined to help broker a historic peace deal in the Middle East, which he plans to announce from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem alongside Israel’s prime minister, Reuven Eitan, and the king of Saudi Arabia.

Complicating matters, though, enough to threaten the unprecedented agreement, are the Palestinians, who openly reject such a treaty. 

Things take a dark and sudden turn when a number of high-ranking American officials are brutally assassinated one by one, including a close personal friend of Ryker, who has already lost far too many loved ones in his life. Worse yet, intelligence reports suggest that terrorists plan to target the announcement on the Temple Mount. In response to the mayhem, President Clarke tasks Ryker to assemble and his team to go after whoever is behind the killings and put a stop to things before it’s too late.

Having spent decades honing his skills, most of which were aimed at protecting the president, Ryker gets to work on tracking down whoever is behind the assassinations—but when he uncovers another plot to take out the commander-in-chief in hopes of destabilizing the region, all bets are off as Marcus races to stop the attack before it’s too late. 

Over the course of his brilliant career as New York Times bestselling novelist, Joel Rosenberg has made a name for himself by successfully predicting a number of world events well before they happened, to the point that his readers have come to expect such a feat with each passing book.

But this time, he’s truly outdone himself. Forget beating the headlines . . . The Jerusalem Assassin is quite literally playing out in real-time. Anyone who has paid any attention to current events will see the astonishing parallels, proving yet again that Rosenberg’s ability to write prophetic fiction is simply unmatched by anyone else in the genre today. 

Beyond his vast understanding of geopolitics, Rosenberg continues to expertly flesh out his latest series protagonist, once again displaying the right touch and balance between humanizing Marcus and allowing him to remain slightly larger than life.

Flawed yet capable, Ryker is everything you want in a character. In fact, when you consider the long line of past successful leads—from Jon Bennet to David Shirazi and J.B. Collins, all of whom anchored earlier series—Ryker…is fast becoming Rosenberg’s best character to date.

Add to the mix Rosenberg’s trademark breakneck pacing, and there’s no question that his latest will stand among the year’s best thrillers. 

Joel C. Rosenberg’s The Jerusalem Assassin is so timely that it’s almost as if news agencies around the world don’t know what headline to use until he writes it for them….trust me, do not miss this book! 

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Rush has “advanced lung cancer.” But tells audience he has a “deeply personal relationship with God.” Please pray for my friend of 25 years. Here’s what we know.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — I’ve known Rush for more than 25 years. It was an honor to serve as his Research Director back in the early ‘90s. We’ve stayed in touch ever since. And he’s been a big fan — and wonderfully vocal supporter — of my novels over the years, for which I’ll be forever grateful.

So I was shocked and deeply saddened when I heard the news of his lung cancer. Regardless of your politics, would you join me in praying daily for Rush, his family, and his tight knit staff — especially for healing and for comfort and for him to stick close to the Lord during the hard months ahead? I’d be so grateful. I love this guy and have learned so much from him over the years.

Excerpts from Monday’s broadcast — worth taking a few minutes to read:

“Ladies and gentlemen, this… This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory for me because I’ve known this moment was coming in the program today. Now, I’m sure that you all know by now, I really don’t like talking about myself, and I don’t like making things about me other than in the usual satirical, parodic, joking way….

“It’s a struggle for me because I had to inform my staff earlier today. I can’t escape… Even though people are telling me it’s not the way to look at it, I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down with this. But the upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, diagnosis confirmed by two medical institutions back on January 20th. I first realized something was wrong on my birthday weekend, January 12th.

“I wish I didn’t have to tell you this, and I thought about not telling anybody. I thought about trying to do this without anybody knowing, ’cause I don’t like making things about me. But there are going to be days that I’m not gonna be able to be here because I’m undergoing treatment or I’m reacting to treatment, and I know that that would inspire all kinds of curiosity with people wondering what’s going on…..

“I told the staff today that I have a deeply personal relationship with God that I do not proselytize about. But I do, and I have been working that relationship (chuckles) tremendously, which I do regularly anyway, but I’ve been focused on it intensely for the past couple of weeks….”

 

Netanyahu secretly meets with Arab Muslim leader of Sudan to discuss normalization of relations. Dramatic breakthrough with key former enemy. Here's what we know so far.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — On September 1, 1967, soon after the Six Day War, Arab leaders gathered in Khartoum, Sudan, and issued their infamous “three no’s” declaration.

  1. No peace with Israel
  2. No negotiations with Israel
  3. No recognition of Israel

How rapidly the world is now changing.

Today, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu met secretly with the new leader of Sudan for the first time. The story is just breaking — no photos yet, and we’ll surely learn more in the days ahead — but Sudan now seems to be saying “yes” to relations with Israel.

The dramatic development underscores the point I’ve been making to reporters in recent weeks. Despite intense resistance by Palestinian leaders such as Mahmoud Abbas to peace talks with Israel, there are a growing number of leaders in the Arab world interested in taking steps towards normalization with the Jewish state.

Here’s what we know at this hour:

  • “Dramatically improving ties with a former bitter foe, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday met with the transitional leader of Sudan, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, during a whirlwind visit to Uganda,” reported the Times of Israel. “Netanyahu and Burhan met secretly…and agreed to gradually normalize relations, a senior Israeli official [said], speaking on condition of anonymity.”
  • “In September, mere days after the new Sudanese cabinet was sworn in, newly appointed Sudanese Foreign Minister Asma Abdullah indicated that her country would be interested in establishing relations with Israel if and when the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was solved,” the Times reported.
  • “Netanyahu said that he believes that Sudan is moving in a new and positive direction and that he said so to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,” reported the Jerusalem Post. 
  • “Israel is hopeful that in the short term, normalization talks will eventually allow civilian planes from Israel to enter Sudanese airspace, significantly shortening flight times to areas such as South Africa and other regions,” the Post added.

The meeting occurred in Kampala, Uganda, where Netanyahu was meeting with that African country’s Evangelical Christian President Yoweri Museveni. The two discussed improvement in Israeli-Ugandan relations, including the possibility that Uganda will open an embassy in Jerusalem.

What made the trip particularly poignant was that Netanyahu’s older brother, Yoni, was killed in Entebbe in the 1970s while helping the IDF rescue Israelis who’s been taken hostage by terrorists.

Developing…..

(photo: Netanyahu on the right, and Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on the left)

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Arab League rejects Trump peace plan. Abbas defiant. But my Arab sources say you have to read the tea leaves more closely to understand what’s really going on. Let me explain.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — The Arab League met in Cairo on Saturday and unanimously voted to reject the White House peace plan.

Critics will no doubt seize this as proof that the U.S.-led peace process is dead and buried. But my sources in the Arab world tell me nothing could be further from the truth. Let me explain. 

In a joint statement, the Arab foreign ministers called the plan “unfair,” adding that the League “rejects the US-Israeli ‘deal of the century’ considering that it does not meet the minimum rights and aspirations of Palestinian people.”

“I reject this plan outright,” a defiant Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared. “I will not go down in history as the man who sold Jerusalem.”

“The Americans called and said that Trump wants to send me the plan so that I may read it,” Abbas added. “I refused.”

Abbas told the League he “even refused to get a copy of the plan in advance,” reported Axios.

That said, don’t make the mistake that many Western journalists, editors and headline writers are making that the entire Arab world is against the White House efforts to advance peace. Actually, the contrary is true.

I’ve been in touch with a half dozen very senior Arab officials and I’m hearing a far more nuanced narrative.

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  • Yes, they say, Arab governments have significant disagreements with the Trump plan and certainly would not have written it the same way.
  • Yes, the Arab world supports the Palestinian people, and will continue to do so.
  • Yes, they believe that the plan, as drafted, is too tilted towards Israeli interests — some believe the timing of the release indicates it is really designed to help Netanyahu get re-elected.
  • And yes, they are quite upset by talk of immediate and unilateral annexation of settlements and other territory by Israel.
  • But no, they insist, they’re not rejecting White House efforts — indeed, they say they welcome the two-state language in the plan, and the proposed capital for the Palestinians in part of East Jerusalem, though they say it’s not nearly enough. However, they also say they see some truly original and creative thinking in the plan and tell me this should be developed and built upon.
  • No, they’re not happy with Abbas — to the contrary, they’re deeply frustrated with him and his eternal intransigence to any and every peace plan and all new ideas.
  • No, they’re not interested in prolonging the conflict with Israel — indeed, they’re exhausted by it. I can confirm that a number of Arab governments are actively considering ways to continue engaging with Israel step by step, and finding ways to move towards peace with the Jewish state, even if Abbas is unwilling to do so.
  • And no, not all of these Arab leaders are feeling pessimistic — in fact, some of their governments are actually quite optimistic about the prospects for peace, and even see Abbas’ rejection as an opportunity for them to consider making full peace treaties with the State of Israel.

Bottom line: Don’t read too much into the Arab League vote. It does reflect a part of what leaders in the region are thinking, but only a part. Stay tuned, and keep praying for peace.

(Photo: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses Arab journalists in Ramallah on July 3. Photo credit: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/REUTERS/ Jerusalem Post)

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Does the Bible warn nations not to divide the Land of Israel? Has God hardened the heart of Mahmoud Abbas like Pharoah? How should Christians pray at this volatile moment? Here’s my conversation with CBN News about the White House peace plan and its explosive implications.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — I have not endorsed the White House peace plan. There are positive, innovative elements in the 181-page proposal. There are also elements that concern me, and many points I believe will be enormously controversial. Potentially explosive. 

I was disappointed, though not surprised, that Mahmoud Abbas immediately said “1,000 no’s” to the plan. Yet I was encouraged that many Arab governments — Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Egypt, Morocco, Kuwait and even Qatar — have applauded the U.S. for developing it, are regarding it as a starting point for discussion, and are encouraging Palestinians and Israelis to engage in immediate, direct and serious negotiations.

With enormous interest among Christians in the U.S. and around the world, I’ve done a number of interviews this week to help provide analysis and context. I’ve posted some of them below. The most interesting might be a 14-minute conversation with CBN News.

  • I was asked if the Bible warns against dividing the Land of Israel.
  • We discussed whether it was possible that God is hardening the heart of Palestinian leaders like He did the Pharoah in Biblical times to prevent them from accepting a Palestinian state. 
  • I was also asked how Christians should pray in this highly volatile moment.

This is a very challenging moment in our neighborhood, especially as followers of Jesus Christ. It’s one thing to write novels about “worst case scenarios” in the region. It’s quite another to navigate very controversial theological and geopolitical issues, trying to be true to one’s understanding of the Scriptures, while always loving our neighbors and even our enemies, as the Lord commands. It’s challenging, too, to write and speak about such matters, not wanting to offend but rather speak the truth in love.

Whatever you think about the plan, please keep Israeli and Arab believers in your prayers. Please pray for unity among the believers. And please keep praying for the peace of Jerusalem.

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Here’s the text (and video) of the main story posted on the CBN News site by Jerusalem bureau chief Chris Mitchell — CBN NEWS INTERVIEWS MIDDLE EAST EXPERT JOEL ROSENBERG ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S PEACE PLAN.

Middle East expert and best-selling author Joel Rosenberg spoke with CBN News about President Trump’s historic peace plan unveiled at the White House on Tuesday. Rosenberg addressed a number of issues including:

  •  His initial impressions of this historic plan. 
  •  How significant it is to have Sunni Arab nations react positively to the plan. 
  •  What about the internal opposition Israeli Prime Minister faces here in Israel? 
  •  How will Evangelical Christians react to this plan? 
  •  How should Christians pray for Israelis and Palestinians as they face this historic crossroads?

Rosenberg brings years of experience in the Middle East to his analysis, has met face to face with many of the leaders of the Middle East, and his geopolitical thriller novels have been read by millions. 

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BREAKING: Saudis release positive statement about Trump peace plan. What exactly did they say? What exactly does it mean? A few thoughts, based on my visits with MBS.

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The Saudi Foreign Ministry has just released a quite positive statement on the White House peace plan.

They thank President Trump and his administration for their efforts to make peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

They also urge the Palestinian leadership to take the plan seriously and return to direct negotiations.

Based on my meetings with HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other senior Saudi officials in two trips to the Kingdom over the past 18 months, I am very encouraged by this initial response.

My read is that the Saudis are increasingly open to moving towards their own peace process with Israel, for a variety of economic mix and strategic reasons. But first and foremost they are determined to do their best to assist the Palestinians in achieving a fair, safe and prosperous end to their century-long conflict with the Jewish people.

Personally, I hold little hope that Mahmoud Abbas is going to listen to the Saudis, or their other Arab neighbors. That saddens me.

But I am deeply encouraged that the Saudis, Emirates, Bahrainis and Egyptians have all  issued statements today essentially saying that the Trump plan is a serious, reasonable and credible effort and arguing that the Palestinians should seize the moment and return to direct negotiations to secure the best possible future for themselves, their children and their grandchildren. Good for them.

In March, I will release a new novel called, The Jerusalem Assassin. It’s about an American President preparing to release his big peace plan when all Hell breaks loose. More on that later, but two points are worth noting for now.

First, in the novel, the Palestinian leadership bitterly rejects the American plan and then radical jihadist terrorists start attacking and assassinating senior American officials.

Second, in the novel, the Saudis start showing signs of maybe — just maybe — wanting to make peace with Israel.

I pray the first point never comes true. And I pray the second point does. Hope you’ll pray with me.

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The statement:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has viewed the U.S. Administration’s announcement of its peace plan titled: “Vision for Peace, Prosperity, and a Brighter Future.”

In light of the announcement, the Kingdom reiterates its support for all efforts aimed at reaching a just and comprehensive resolution to the Palestinian cause.

Since the time of the Founder King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud, and through the reign of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been at the forefront of the efforts in support of the brotherly Palestinian people, and in standing by their side in all international forums to attain their legitimate rights.

Among these efforts was the presentation of the Arab Peace Initiative in 2002, which stressed, in clear terms, that a military solution to the conflict has not brought peace or security to any party, and the comprehensive and just peace is a strategic option.

The kingdom appreciates the efforts of President Trump’s Administration to develop a comprehensive peace plan between the Palestinian and the Israeli sides, and encourages the start of direct peace negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides, under the auspices of the United States, and to resolve any disagreements with aspects of the plan through negotiations, in order to move forward the peace process to reach an agreement that achieves legitimate rights of the Palestinian people.

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EXCLUSIVE: First Arab reaction. President unveils 181-page peace plan. Calls it “win-win.” Netanyahu raves. Three Arab ambassadors attend ceremony. Lots of controversy ahead. Here’s what you need to know.

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UPDATED: (Jerusalem, Israel) — Historic. Dramatic. Highly controversial. And full of surprises. That’s how I’d characterize the roll out of the so-called “Deal of the Century.”

“All previous generations from Lyndon Johnson tried and bitterly failed,” the President said. “But I was not elected to do small things, or shy away from big problems.”

EXCLUSIVE — FIRST ARAB REACTION: Just received a text from a senior Arab Muslim official in the region who was watching the White House event live in his home country.

  • Called it a “very smart introduction to the Deal of the Century.”
  • Liked that President Trump is “mentioning the two states and sending a caring message to the Palestinians.”
  • Said “there is a need to gain the hearts and the minds of the general Palestinian people — they don’t see any future for themselves right now.”

UPDATE — MORE ARAB REACTIONS: 

  • Palestinian Authority: “We say 1,000 ‘no’s to this deal,” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said (Jerusalem Post)
  • Palestinians immediately began mobilizing against the plan, Reuters reports — thousands turning out on streets, rioting, burning flags and more.
  • And yet, Ambassadors from three Arab countries attended the White House ceremony (see below), and several Arab governments are speaking positively of the new U.S.-led peace effort.
  • Saudi Arabia: The Saudi Foreign Ministry Tuesday night released a quite positive statement on the White House peace plan. They thanked President Trump and his administration for their efforts to make peace between Israel and the Palestinians. They also urged the Palestinian leadership to take the plan seriously and return to direct negotiations. Based on my meetings with HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other senior Saudi officials in two trips to the Kingdom over the past 18 months, I am very encouraged by this initial response.
  • United Arab Emirates: Sent its Ambassador to the White House ceremony. Ambassador called the Trump peace plan a “serious initiative” that “offers an important starting point for a return to negotiations within a US-led international framework.”
  • Bahrain: Sent its Ambassador to the White House ceremony. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs commends the United States of America for its determined efforts to advance the peace process, and expresses its aspiration for the parties concerned to study the plan put forward by the United States of America, and to begin direct negotiations under the auspices of the United States of America to reach an agreement that meets the aspirations of the Palestinian and Israeli people in achieving a comprehensive and just peace between them, which leads to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and supports security and peace that benefits all states in the region and their people.”
  • Oman: Sent its Ambassador to the White House ceremony.
  • Egypt: “Egypt called on Tuesday on Palestinians and Israelis to carefully consider a peace plan announced by U.S. President Donald Trump, with a view to resuming negotiations,” Reuters reported. “Egypt calls on the two relevant parties to undertake a careful and thorough consideration of the U.S. vision to achieve peace and open channels of dialogue, under U.S. auspices, for the resumption of negotiations,” a statement from the foreign ministry said. (read full statement posted on Foreign Ministry’s Facebook page)
  • Morocco: Statement from Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Kingdom of Morocco: “Morocco appreciates the peace efforts of the Trump Administration and wishes that a constructive peace process be launched . . . Already, Morocco has noted elements of convergence with the principles and options that it has always defended in this matter: These include the two-state solution.”
  • Kuwait: “Kuwait’s foreign ministry also said on Wednesday it ‘highly appreciates’ US efforts to ‘end the over-70-year Arab-Israeli conflict, that has caused bitter sufferings to the Palestinian people and undermined regional security and stability,’” reported Arab News.
  • Qatar: Even Qatar, which is an ally of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, put out a statement of support. “The State of Qatar welcomes all efforts aiming towards a longstanding and just peace in the occupied Palestinian territories. It also appreciates the endeavors of President Trump and the current US administration to find solutions for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, all solutions should be consistent with international law and the relevant UN resolutions.”

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(photo: Jason Greenblatt, one of the architects of the plan, with the Ambassadors of Oman, the UAE, and Bahrain)

Okay, some facts, then some analysis:

FACTS:

  1. Here’s the full 181-page plan — including first detailed maps ever released.
  2. President Trump called plan “win-win” with a “realistic” plan and pathway for “two states.” Called Israel a “light to the nations,” referencing Scripture. Said the Palestinian people deserve better than they have.
  3. President said Israel will control the Jordan Valley, keep all its settlements in Judea and Samaria and have “full security.” Said: “All humanity should be able to enjoy the glories of the Holy Land. This part of the world is forever connected to the human soul and the human spirit. These ancient lands should not be symbols of conflict, but eternal symbols of peace.”
  4. Israel gets a lot of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) — but the Palestinians are compensated with large new tracts of territory in the Negev, near Egyptian border. (see map)208E9257-EF14-4C68-8E64-7CD68B25178C
  5. Plan will create a Palestinian state which can be achieved if Palestinians “renounce terror” — won’t allow return to bombings and violence. Wants “very capable” Palestinians to have better lives, because “that’s only fair.”
  6. Called for 4-year freeze in Israel settlement activity, doubling of Palestinian territory.
  7. Jerusalem will be Israel’s undivided capital.
  8. However, President added Palestinians will have capital in East Jerusalem and U.S. will have Embassy there.
  9. President added that Jerusalem is already “liberated.” Said it’s “time for the Muslim world to fix the mistake it made in 1948 when it decided to attack Israel — it’s time.”
  10. U.S. and Arab states ready to invest $50 billion in new Palestinian economy to create jobs and hope.
  11. President worries this may be Palestinians “last chance” for state.
  12. President spoke highly of Jordan’s King Abdullah II — “a very good man” — with whom the U.S. wants to work. Added that U.S. will work to “maintain status quo” to “protect the holy sites,” including the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
  13. Even while speaking of Israel’s “rich Biblical history,” President Trump gave a warm and very special “thank you” to the ambassadors of Oman, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates for coming to the unveiling the White House peace plan ceremony and for all they are doing to advance peace — this was historic for them to be there and very encouraging.
  14. Netanyahu fully endorsed the plan — raved about it, in fact. Said it will keep all Israelis safe. Said he’s ready to begin negotiations with Palestinian.
  15. Netanyahu stopped in mid-speech to give a shout-out to the ambassadors of the Gulf countries of Oman, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates — men he clearly knows and has affection for — a dramatic and touching moment.

0DDE21C0-088E-4C65-968E-25B90B1828DBANALYSIS:

  • Excellent roll out event.
  • I was very happy that three Arab Ambassadors were there — two of whom are dear friends — and that Trump and Bibi gave them very warm and special shout-outs and that they received thunderous applause. Incredibly important.
  • Overall, most grassroots Evangelicals will be very happy because they trust Trump and because Bibi (and Gantz) are so positive about it.
  • However, some Evangelical leaders don’t want any Palestinian state whatsoever — one of them is Pastor John Hagee. Given that there are 8 million members in his Christians United For Israel, he’s a major player. Hagee and others will be unhappy about Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, as well.
  • However, as I’ve been telling senior White House and State officials for months, these two points are vitally important. Why? Because there’s no chance Abbas accepts this deal — but including the two-state and East Jerusalem capital language makes it much easier for other Arab states to embrace the deal.

That’s enough for now. More later. Please keep praying for the peace of Jerusalem.

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How will Evangelicals react to the Trump peace plan? How will Arab leaders react? I discussed these questions tonight on Israel’s i24 TV on the eve of the plan’s formal roll-out.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — An historic week is underway. And a controversial one at that.

On Monday, President Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House at 11am.

At 12:30pm, the President met with Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz, the former IDF chief of staff who now leads Israel’s largest political party. Both are facing off in a third round of elections on March 2.

Trump privately briefed each leader on his long-awaited and much-debated “Deal of the Century.” He then announced that he will release his full Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal on Tuesday at noon eastern.

Tonight, I was interviewed live on the i24 TV news network here in Israel. The anchors and I focused on two critical questions: How will Evangelical Christians react to the plan? And how will Arab leaders react?

Here’s the link to the full interview. (It starts at 4:10 minutes into the segment.)

During the interview, I referenced a poll that we commissioned for a Christian group I helped found called the Alliance for the Peace of Jerusalem. Specifically, I cited numbers suggesting that not all Christians hold the same views about the peace process or the “two-state solution” as Christian leaders. To read the full poll in context, please click here. 

I’ll post more analysis when the plan is released. In the meantime, please keep both Israelis and Palestinians in your prayers — pray for peace and calm here and throughout the region, knowing that controversy over the plan could create its own new set of tensions. Thanks so much.

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