Monthly Archives: July 2014

Iraqi Christians Flee for Their Lives after ISIS Ultimatum

By | 2014-07-22T17:17:03-04:00 July 22nd, 2014|News|

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has emptied Mosul of Christians, Christian leaders lamented earlier this week, after the Islamist group issued them an ultimatum: convert to Islam, pay non-Muslim jhizya taxes - or die.    “We offer [Christians] three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment... if they refuse this

A blow to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood as Israel crushes Hamas

By | 2014-07-22T13:39:57-04:00 July 22nd, 2014|Op-Eds|

A few weeks ago shocking news arrived from Israel regarding the kidnapping of three young men. As news first circulated around the world, Israelis braced for the worst and prayed prayers for the safe delivery of the Israeli captives. How would this menacing action unfold for the victims and the country? Finally, we learned of

Kerry to Visit Cairo to Broker Gaza Ceasefire

By | 2014-07-22T12:51:35-04:00 July 22nd, 2014|News|

The U.S. State Department confirmed on Sunday night that Secretary of State John Kerry would  travel to Cairo on Monday, where he will meet with senior officials from Egypt and other countries about bringing about a ceasefire in Gaza.   “The United States – and our international partners – are deeply concerned about the risk

Israel Must Abandon the Obscene “Purity of Arms” Mantra

By | 2014-07-22T12:18:41-04:00 July 22nd, 2014|Op-Eds|

This military morality, which Jews call "purity of arms", ultimately is a form of surrender, of saying that IDF soldiers' lives are worth less than enemy civilians.   Is the Israeli army more Christian than the Christians themselves?  After all, it has, in fact, adopted the maxim of turning the other cheek. In Hebrew it

Egyptian Cleric: Hamas Conspiring Against the Palestinian People

By | 2014-07-21T22:09:53-04:00 July 21st, 2014|News|

A prominent Salafi Islamist cleric in Egypt has called on Egyptians not to support Hamas in its war against Israel, accusing the Muslim Brotherhood-aligned terrorist group of being part of a joint Shia-communist plot to harm the "Palestinian people".   While reminding viewers that "driving the Jews out of Palestine is, indeed, a duty", cleric

Egypt Summons Turkish Envoy over Gaza Criticism

By | 2014-07-21T21:46:47-04:00 July 21st, 2014|News|

Egypt's foreign ministry on Sunday summoned Turkey's charge d'affaires over criticism of Cairo's handling of the war between Israel and Hamas in neighboring Gaza.   Turkey and Egypt withdrew their ambassadors last year after the military ousted Egyptian Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, who had forged closer ties with Turkey's devout premier, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  

Hamas Inches Closer to Cease-Fire with Egypt Invitation

By | 2014-07-21T19:39:38-04:00 July 21st, 2014|News|

Hamas has received an "invitation" for cease-fire talks in Cairo on Sunday, the terror group announced, and would consider participating in the Egypt-brokered initiative - under certain conditions.    Hamas "received an invitation, through mediators, for a delegation headed by (chief-in-exile) Khaled Meshaal to visit Cairo and discuss the Egyptian initiative," it said in a

Erdogan Slams Egypt’s Sisi as ‘Illegitimate Tyrant’

By | 2014-07-20T10:31:51-04:00 July 20th, 2014|News|

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday slammed Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as an “illegitimate tyrant” and said Cairo could not be relied upon to negotiate a truce with Israel.   "Is Sisi a party (to a ceasefire)? Sisi is a tyrant himself," Erdogan was quoted by the AFP news agency as having