Israel just held its fourth election in two years last week and the results appear to be headed toward another stalemate. Author and Middle East expert Avi Lipkin (avilipkin.net) is back with us from Israel to give us the lowdown on how Israel's elections work and where this iteration could be headed. He also analyzes global geopolitics, not only regarding the United States, but also China, Iran, and Russia, and closer to the Middle East – Israel and Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon. He and John discuss the radical changes in policies when U.S. administrations change – something John calls the zig zag wars.
Straight from the 'tag anything not leftist as white supremacism' playbook here in America, groups aligned with the BDS movement in Israel are now shouting 'Jewish supremacism!' Back with us today to dive into this is Dexter Van Zile (camera.org), Christian Media Analyst with the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis. Political narratives from different groups are spun instead of reality and that leads to justification for actions against Israel. Christian groups are caught up in it, noting that since Jewish groups inside Israel are beating up on Israel, then it's OK to do so as well. In short, believing the untrue narrative forces Christian groups to lie about Israel.
It's always important to remember that reality always becomes real. But often we are blind to what's really going on because the media choose to focus on unimportant things. Not so with us. In today's boralogue, John looks at the results of the Israel-UAE peace deal which was brought about largely due to a change in the philosophy among Middle East peace narratives. After years of Palestinian leadership refusing to negotiate, the new strategy is to apprehend reality and upend the status quo. This has brought about alliances no one could predict, but once the old paradigm assumptions were removed, it became obvious those alliances were actually needed.
We remember the 9/11 victims and their families who suffered 19 years ago today when reality became all too real in New York, DC, Pennsylvania, and across America. Our prayers are with them.