How far back do Palestinians go?

As Palestinian historian Rashid Khalidi writes, it is “a relatively recent tradition which argues that Palestinian nationalism has deep historical roots. . . . [This] anachronistically read[s] back in to the history of Palestine over the past few centuries and even millennia, a nationalist consciousness and identity that are in fact relatively modern.” [Read more…]

Were Jews absent from the land before the late 19th century?

Zionism is merely the latest–and the most successful–of the long list of Jewish efforts to return to their homeland over the last 2000 years. [Read more…]

Fact-checking Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

Abbas manipulated the facts. “The Arab states did not invade Israel to help the Palestinian refugees. It was the Arab invasion that produced the Palestinian refugees” (Brog, 11). If the Arabs had accepted the UN Partition Plan, they would have had a Palestinian state back in 1948, and there would not have been one Palestinian refugee. [Read more…]

Is there a Palestinian refugee crisis?

If you use the UN method of counting for all other countries, the number comes to approximately 30,000 refugees. Sad for those number, but minuscule compared to the number of refugees today from Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. [Read more…]

Palestinians: a nation without a state

David Brog begins his Reclaiming Israel’s History with a quotation from Thomas Friedman, the New York Times columnist: “Criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic, and saying so is vile.  But singling out Israel for opprobrium and international sanction–out of all proportion to any other party in the Middle East–is anti-Semitic, and not saying so is dishonest.” Then Brog [Read More…]

A history of Israel – Part 1

This is the first post in a series on the history of Israel. [Read more…]

Protestants and Natural Law

Today many Protestants are starting to see that natural law is more biblical than they had imagined. [Read more…]

What dogs teach us about God – Part 4 (and final)

Dogs can help us forgive by showing how they forgive us. Or, to put it another way, by being types of forgiveness to us. [Read more…]

What dogs teach us about God – Part 3

Dogs have no fear of death, so they live in the moment. [Read more…]