Middle East peace process

David Rubin: Latest Israel News

Broadcast Running Time: 17:52

John Loeffler

June 28, 2021

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We heard from Avi Lipkin last Friday on the inside scoop of Israeli politics. Today we have a different guest to discuss the state of things in Israel following the hostilities with Gaza several weeks ago. Joining us from his home country is David Rubin (shilohisraelchildren.org), Founder and President of the Shiloh Israel Children's Fund and former mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He describes the efforts in finally forming a coalition government and what will likely be the policies moving forward for the new Bennett administration. He also looks at how Israel can learn from both its past successes and failures.

Holy Land Against the World

Broadcast Running Time: 01:17:36

Israel is very much in the news right now but the media narratives are not matching the facts on the ground. We open our Israel focus this week with John's analysis of what's happening in Israel versus the spin you're getting from the news. He looks at the Temple Mount riots, the violence in East Jerusalem, and rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel and Israel's response.

We then move to an often-pushed narrative in the media and on college campuses that Israel is an apartheid state. Here this week is someone who has lived in both South Africa and Israel, Reverend Malcolm Hedding (www.malcolmhedding.com), Associate Minister of World Outreach Church. He describes what conditions were like for blacks living under apartheid and what life is like today for Palestinians in Israel and there is positively no comparison. He also looks at how social justice in Western schools has led to the Israel apartheid narrative.

The U.S. economy – along with that of the rest of the world – is on shaky ground at the moment. John and Carol round out the show this week with a Steel on Steel economic summit to make sense of what's going on. They look at the difference between monetary policy and fiscal policy and how for the first time in history, fiscal policy is winning out. All safety measures and accountability have been removed from the economy and the whole thing is being held together by confidence. Once that confidence erodes, the whole system collapses.

One of the often-pushed narratives in the media and on college campuses is that Israel is an apartheid state. Here today to shine light on the subject is someone who has lived in both South Africa under apartheid and currently in Israel: Reverend Malcolm Hedding (malcolmhedding.com), Associate Minister of World Outreach Church. He describes what it was like living under apartheid, with absolutely horrible conditions for black people in South Africa. He then illustrates what life is like for Palestinians today in Israel and there is positively no comparison. He also covers the social justice colonialism narrative as well as the truth of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Gregg Roman: Biden’s Foreign Policy Trap

Broadcast Running Time: 27:27

John Loeffler

April 8, 2021

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For eight years, we witnessed foreign policy under the Obama administration, most of which did not work. Under President Trump, we saw a new and innovative way to approach foreign policy. But now we're back to the policies that have proven to be ineffective. Joining us today is Gregg Roman (meforum.org), Director and Chief Operating Officer at the Middle East Forum. He looks at the Biden philosophy of hegemonic equilibrium – putting allies and foes on equal footing in a region – and how it has forced our allies to rely less on the U.S. and more on their friends nearby. He also points out how we are focusing on the wrong things while our geopolitical enemies are gaining strength.

Avi Lipkin: Israel Elections Take Four

Broadcast Running Time: 31:32

John Loeffler

April 7, 2021

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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.

The normalization between Israel and several nations in the Arab world continues to take place, regardless of what happens in U.S. politics.  To talk about this and other things today, we are joined from Israel by Professor Efraim Inbar and Dr. Eran Lerman (jiss.org.il), President and Vice President respectively of the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security. 

Together, both men draw on their extensive Israeli experience to discuss the unusual alignments being formed due to a commonality of opposition in the region.  They go on to praise the Trump administration for its pro-Israel policies and examine whether a hypothetical Biden administration would undo many if not all of the successes of President Trump.  There are many threats facing Israel, not the least of which is Iran, and the alliances being formed in the region will only serve to strengthen Israel's defense no matter the position of the West.

Tactical Lying

Broadcast Running Time: 1:15:12

John Loeffler

September 12, 2020

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A recent article in the American Mind on the upcoming leftist coup has set the political world on fire. The author of that article, Michael Anton (www.americanmind.org), Lecturer in Politics at Hillsdale University, is with us to discuss his thoughts. The Left will fight for this election no matter the outcome or the damage to the system and will blame whatever happens on President Trump. If they achieve power they believe they may never relinquish it.

Next up, John and Producer Steve sit down to try and make sense of the tactical lying coming from the media. Truth is being distorted and the recent article in The Atlantic trouncing the President for being disrespectful to our military is but one example.

John goes on to examine the choice we have this fall: freedom or socialism. He gives a brief analysis of why socialism has never worked in the history of the world.

Finally, in this week's boralogue, John looks at the Middle East peace process and analyzes why it hasn't worked up to this point. 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 when reality became all too real in New York, DC, Pennsylvania, and across America. Our prayers are with them.

John Loeffler

September 11, 2020

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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.

David Rubin: Agreement in the Middle East

Broadcast Running Time: 20:17

John Loeffler

August 21, 2020

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The United Arab Emirates and Israel are poised to sign a historic agreement. What are the implications? David Rubin (www.shilohisraelchildren.org), former mayor of Shiloh, Israel joins us from his home there. He looks at both the strategic and economic implications of the agreement, focusing on the constant threat from Iran and the financial impact of partnering with the Middle East's only democracy. Mr. Shiloh discusses how President Trump's other deals in the Middle East have taken a different path than his predecessor's deals and how any deal must be focused on peace and not on specific people groups. He also shares his work as founder of the Shiloh Israel Children's Fund.