Emma Bull was right when she said, “Coincidence is the word we use when we can’t see the levers and pulleys.” The timing of Israel’s recent assault on Gaza is not coincidental. It is the culmination of several factors: The Hamas-Fatah unity; Israel’s escalation of illegal construction in occupied territory; the collapse of the peace talks; the success of the BDS movement; and the growing number of Europeans warning against investment in occupied territories.
The Jezreel Valley in Israel, also known as the valley of Megiddo where according to Bible prophecy the Battle of Armageddon will take place. This Valley is also a Jewel for Bible archeology, since its history covers more than 7 millennia of contacts and conflicts between great powers that dominated the region like Egypt, Syria, Babylon and Persia.
Israel, Palestine, Peace and Water - This morning, President Obama spoke clearly to the Israeli people about why they should seek peace with their neighbors, the Palestinians. He talked about the need for security, about the demographics that necessitate a two-state solution, and about how continued prosperity depends on peace with their neighbors. There was one more he could have added – the one that could screw every nation in the Middle East: water.