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Israel Plans to Uproot Vineyard in Samaria

The world is full of chaos right now. Afghanistan has been overrun by the Taliban, a terrorist organization which Hamas has already rushed to congratulate. Since the United States so suddenly abandoned the country that they have spent the last 20 years defending and training, the question for Israel is whether or not they should...
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The Story of Why We Launched The Israel Guys

Have you ever wanted to change the world? I think all of us have had that dream at some point in our lives, whether it was only as a small child, or continued throughout our adult life.  At some point in the journey, however, we realize that our part in changing the world is much...
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America, Eager to Embrace Iran’s New “Butcher” President

Why is the American government so eager to continue talks with an Iranian leader who is known as “the Butcher of Tehran”?  Concerning Ebrahim Raisi’s inauguration this week as the new president of Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet said:  “Raisi is the most extreme Iranian president so far, and the competition is tough. I...
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How is Israel’s new government towards Judea and Samaria?

It’s been a month since Israel’s longest serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in office for some 14 years, was ousted and a new Israeli government, led by Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid, was sworn into power. The new governing coalition is a fragile one at best. For supporters of Israeli control of Judea and Samaria, it’s...
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Ben & Jerry’s Picked a Bad Time of Year to Boycott Israel…

Perhaps Ben & Jerry’s ice cream should not have announced that they are boycotting Israel right in the middle of summer. Their decision sparked an outcry all around the world that has already resulted in delicious containers of their confection being tossed into the trash in TikTok videos and Instagram photos.  Deciding that their frozen...
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It’s Time to Stand Shoulder to Shoulder

Imagine this – a beautiful rolling terrain with birds singing from tree tops, children laughing at play in a crystal clear, bubbling stream. Men and women peacefully at work in their vineyards and sheep folds. Wisdom from the Bible and words of prayer are frequently on the lips of young and old. The ruler of...
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Is the 9th of Av for Christians Too?

The 9th of the Hebrew month of Av, which usually falls in July or August on the western calendar, is a traditional day of mourning in Judaism. Observances such as fasting food and water and restraining from pleasure and recreational activities characterize this day. In general, the day is an intentional time to mourn.  Why...
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The Right and Left are Celebrating the Evacuation of this Settlement

When settlements have been bulldozed in Judea and Samaria in years past, the scene has usually looked something like this:  Hundreds of police and military show up at the site along with bulldozers and crews. Settler families refuse to leave and are dragged out unwillingly, their furniture being carried out behind them. Entire communities are...
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Inspirational Mourning

Muskets and short sabers glistened in the afternoon sun as the French Emperor walked the streets with his military escorts. As they rounded a corner, the entire company stopped in their tracks. What was that sound? Straight ahead, in the distance, was a beautifully-built building. Yes, the sound was coming from inside. A few men...
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How Will the Grapes of Israel’s Heartland Be Harvested this Year?

If you’re familiar with our organization, you know that we’ve brought more than 3,000 Christians from 30 countries to Israel over the past 17 years to volunteer in the biblical heartland. Our mission is to serve Israel’s farmers, and we do things like plant new vineyards and trees, harvest grapes, prune vineyards, and much, much...
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No Innocent People in Gaza Had to Die…

Not one of the innocent people in Gaza would have died if Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad had not attacked Israel.  Sixteen less innocent civilians would have died if 700 of Hamas’ own rockets had not landed on their own people, killing them.  Another 34 people, including ten children, would not have been injured by...
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The Country Not Allowed to Defend Itself

Have you heard a narrative this week that goes something like this? “Israel is evicting Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem.”  “Israel’s police stormed the Al Aqsa Mosque, beating peaceful worshippers.”  “Gaza started shooting rockets into Israel, and Israel is carrying out disproportionate strikes in retaliation. Dozens of Gazans have been killed, including ten...
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The Power of Prayer for Israel

This week, Christians all across the United States gathered for the National Day of Prayer. It is encouraging to see men and women zealously crying out to God. Prayer is powerful! It has stopped the mouths of lions, raised the dead, delivered nations from destruction, and flowed from the lips of peace-filled martyrs until their...
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Riots, Politics, and the European Union

If you follow news from Israel, you likely know that there has been a lot happening in the Holy Land! With all that’s going on, this week’s article will give a short synopsis of the chaotic headlines of recent weeks.  The Muslim holiday of Ramadan began on April 12th, and Arab protests, riots, violence, and...
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Love for the Land of Israel is Increasing

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a difficult, painful, and traumatic experience for many of us. Political divisions have deepened. Many have been separated from family by government regulations and ongoing international travel restrictions. Millions have died and we all know people who have been sick. I myself have three close family members and friends who...
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Remember the Miracle

This week Israel marked 73 years since their miraculous founding in 1948. Israel’s founder and first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, once said: “In order to be a realist, one must believe in miracles.”  That statement is unquestionably true when it comes to the story of Israel’s existence and statehood. One need only look at...
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