Tuesday, August 26, 2014

An insider’s guide to the most important story on earth

By Matti Friedman, August 26, 2014, Tablet

A former AP correspondent explains how and why reporters get Israel so wrong, and why it matters.

The Israel Story

Is there anything left to say about Israel and Gaza? Newspapers this summer have been full of little else. Television viewers see heaps of rubble and plumes of smoke in their sleep. A representative article from a recent issue of The New Yorker described the summer’s events by dedicating one sentence each to the horrors in Nigeria and Ukraine, four sentences to the crazed génocidaires of ISIS, and the rest of the article—30 sentences—to Israel and Gaza.

When the hysteria abates, I believe the events in Gaza will not be remembered by the world as particularly important. People were killed, most of them Palestinians, including many unarmed innocents. I wish I could say the tragedy of their deaths, or the deaths of Israel’s soldiers, will change something, that they mark a turning point. But they don’t. This round was not the first in the Arab wars with Israel and will not be the last. The Israeli campaign was little different in its execution from any other waged by a Western army against a similar enemy in recent years, except for the more immediate nature of the threat to a country’s own population, and the greater exertions, however futile, to avoid civilian deaths.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The middle east problem

I think the following is a good presentation by Dennis Prager about the problem in the Middle East.
It may be the hardest to solve, but it is the easiest to explain.

In a nutshell, it’s this: one side wants the other side dead.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Finding love in a world opposed to Christianity

St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church
A few weeks ago, a parent from St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church came across my blog, and asked me to speak at their small youth group (ages 18 to 30).

A couple of nights ago I delivered my talk, Finding Love in a World Opposed to Christianity. I tried my best to define the true meaning of love, and discussed how the modern world view of sex, love and marriage directly opposes the Christian view. I also offered my own personal advice to the young men and women who were in attendance.

My speaking notes are available for download. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Why doesn’t the world seem to care when Christians die?

Nasara (Nazarene, Christian genocide)
by Rob Eshman

Jewish Journal, August 14th, 2014

When Jews are killed, we make sure the world knows. When Palestinians are killed, the Web explodes. So why is it that when Christians are murdered and persecuted en masse, no one seems to care — not even other Christians?

We see this mystery playing out in Iraq with the hundreds of thousands of members of Christian minorities whose deaths have not yet provoked an outcry.

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