Israel and Middle East

Against Bombing Syria

September 7, 2013

Greetings from Jerusalem. Please contact your Senator and Congressmen to say NO to a strike on Syria. The rebels are NOT freedom fighters but radical Muslims who are slaughtering Christians and assassinating every opponent. I watched a video here of a rebel killing and eating the heart of an Syrian soldier. Have you seen the video [...]

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Obama Backs Down, Defers to Congress; All Quiet Here in Israel

August 31, 2013

After Obama’s announcement on Saturday night it appears that all is quiet on the Eastern front.  According to the news Obama is deferring to Congress which will not reconvene until September 9, which is when our pilgrims on this trip will return to the United States.   My guess is by September 9 it will be old [...]

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Netanyahu urges Israelis to carry on with daily lives, despite events in Syria

August 31, 2013

Janet and I are currently in Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. There’s not much talk here about the problems in Syria because everybody’s out doing what they do on the Sabbath. It is an issue for us of course, because we have 91 pilgrims arriving on Sunday. However, we are very [...]

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Why Can’t Catholics Celebrate Mass where the First Mass was Celebrated – in the Upper Room?

July 18, 2013

Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin dismisses reports that Israel is planning to hand over control of the Tomb of King David to the Vatican. By Shimon Cohen, First Publish: 7/18/2013, 5:15 AM  See Steve Ray’s comments at the end of the article Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin (Likud) on Wednesday dismissed recent reports that Israel is planning [...]

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The Good News about Egypt from it’s Coptic Patriarch, Leader of Egyptian Christians

July 5, 2013

Coptic Patriarch Hopeful After Egyptian President Deposed Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak Believes Country is Now On The Right Track By Junno Arocho Esteves CAIRO, July 04, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Patriarch of Alexandria of the Catholic Copts Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak expressed his support for the ouster of Mohamed Morsy as president of Egypt by the Egyptian [...]

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Congressman Attacks “Anemic” US Response to Christian Persecution

June 25, 2013

Rep. Frank Wolf, co-chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, urges the appointment of an envoy to protect religious minorities. by CNA/EWTN NEWS  06/21/2013  WASHINGTON — Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., has criticized the U.S. government’s “anemic and at times outright baffling” response to the persecution of Christians in the Mideast, urging the appointment of an envoy [...]

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What Kind of Music Did Abraham Listen To?

May 30, 2013

Our next DVD in the Footprints of God series will be entitled “Abraham, Father of Faith & Works.” We will begin filming in Iraq — in Ur of Chaldees — which is the home of Abraham, just south of Baghdad (Gen 11:28-31). Thanks to the Biblical Archaeology Society to which I subscribe, we can now listen to music [...]

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Safe to Come to Israel? Letter that Brought Tears to our Eyes

May 9, 2013

Listen to this letter and you will understand why we were emotional – and you’ll know if it is safe to come to the Holy Land. Comments from our wonderful pilgrims.

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Again Walking on Holy Ground; By the Way, What Makes Ground Holy?

April 21, 2013

We arrived early to set things up; our group arrives Monday!!! ******************************* And God said, “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” Holy ground? What holy ground? This was a harsh wilderness. Vultures circled above during the day and hyenas prowled at night. There were no church [...]

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Yad Vashem and “Hitler’s Pope”

January 16, 2013

Yad Vashem Controversy An inscription at Yad Vashem states that Pius XII‘s record during the Holocaust was controversial, and that he negotiated a concordat with the Nazis, maintained Vatican neutrality during the war and, formerly stated that he took no initiatives to save Jews. In 1985, Pietro Palazzini was honored by the museum, where he [...]

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Is it Safe to Travel to Israel? Ask the Pilgrims Who’ve Traveled throughout for Ten Days

January 5, 2013

            What was their experience? We traveled from Tel Aviv to Galilee, from the border with Lebanon to the border with Syria. We’ve been to Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Did our pilgrims ever feel in danger? Quite the opposite. Listen to their own words.

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On this I Agree with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

December 17, 2012

Prime Minister Netanyahu:  “Over the weekend, Hamas held festivities and demonstrations in Judea and Samaria to mark 25 years since it was founded. With the approval of Mahmud Abbas, they called for the destruction of Israel and the expulsion of Jews from Jerusalem and from every point in the State of Israel. We have been [...]

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Link Fixed: CBS’s “60 Minutes” on the Holy Land – Very Well Done!

June 18, 2012

Today we are in Bethlehem. Since we are leading the Franciscan University of Steubenville in the Holy Land – and today we are in Bethlehem, I though many would like to see learn about the Christian situation in the Holy Land. This is well worth watching to understand the plight of the Christians in the [...]

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Interesting Facts About Israel which Will Amaze You

June 9, 2012

Geography: 1. Israel is only 1/6 of 1% of the landmass of the Middle East. 2. Israel is roughly half the size of Lake Michigan. 3. The Sea of Galilee, at 695 ft. below sea level, is the lowest freshwater lake in the world. 4. The Dead Sea is the lowest surface point on earth, [...]

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Is it Safe to Travel to the Holy Land? Real Comments and Experiences

May 10, 2012

I have two things here to inform, entertain and instruct. Many Americans think it is unsafe and dangerous to come to the Holy Land. However, 3.5 million people are walking the streets, praying at holy sites and following the footprints of Jesus and his Mother. In the first you will hear the testimony of pilgrims [...]

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How Do We Know the Holy Sites are Authentic (Protestant Skeptic)?

May 3, 2012

Today I received an e-mail from a man whose Protestant friend just returned from the Holy Land a bit disillusioned and skeptical. Here is the e-mail I received: Hi Steve, Here’s the question in brief (read more if you have time). How do we know that the sites such as the Church of the Holy [...]

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