• Americans have an interesting habit of listening intently to a crisis, getting highly upset, and then in a few days forgetting all about it. Right now...
    Carnage In Syria
    By Robert Wise
    September 07th, 2017

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  • Hey!  I’m back from Alaska. My trip took me up to the edge of the Arctic Circle and through Denali National Park. Beautiful beyond expression! I sa...
    Israeli Update
    By Robert Wise
    August 31st, 2017

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  • Hey! Before we go any further … got a special word for you. After today I’ll be in Alaska up there close to the Arctic Circle and hiking through D...
    Run-In at the Wall, Part 3

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  • Last week we looked at any issue not particularly published in the United States: A struggle over religious observance at the Western Wall has develop...
    Run-In at the Wall, Part 2
    By Robert Wise
    August 10th, 2017

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  • Think it is hard to make sense out of American politics? Take a hard look at Israel. Even the most ardent evangelical supporters of Israel don’t ven...
    Run-In at the Wall
    By Robert Wise
    August 03rd, 2017

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  • In late June, the Washington Post ran a story claiming the State Department was distancing itself from President Donald Trump and creating an alternat...
    Who's Running the Show?
    By Robert Wise
    July 25th, 2017

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  • Taking a breather from the turmoil of politics and war in the Middle East, a little side trip through the archeological discoveries of recent days can...
    A Second Look at the Past
    By Robert Wise
    July 20th, 2017

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  • Tourists often assume there’s only one kind of Holy Trip – but in fact there are two very different ways to see Israel. Christians take the Jerusa...
    Ammunition Hill Fifty Years La...
    By Robert Wise
    July 13th, 2017

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  • With all the furor over President Trump’s tweets and adolescent responses to criticism, an important shift has gone unreported. Trump has actually m...
    A Shift In the Sand
    By Robert Wise
    July 06th, 2017

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  • A number of issues bear a second look… like the situation in Iran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, co-author of the nuclear armaments deal with t...
    Assessing the Current Situatio...
    By Robert Wise
    June 29th, 2017

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  • Fifty years ago, the Six-Day War was fought, won by Israel, Jerusalem united, new boundaries set, and the Holy Land has not been the same since. After...
    Fifty Years in the Holy Land
    By Robert Wise
    June 22nd, 2017

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  • It’s a little bumpy writing this blog as I am flying over the Alps, returning from Rome. For the past week, I’ve been in audiences with Pope Franc...
    Greetings from Rome
    By Robert Wise
    June 15th, 2017

    Wise on the Middle East, Miracles Never Cease
  • STOP!  Got a road sign for you. This is the last blog until June 15. Sorry, but I’ll be traveling and out of the country. As you probably know, I w...
    What about Syria?
    By Robert Wise
    May 25th, 2017

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  • This time it’s a building!From the time of my first visit to Jerusalem in 1968, I’ve recognized that the Holy City is filled with mysteries and le...
    Another Resurrection in Jerusa...
    By Robert Wise
    May 18th, 2017

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  • Taking a break from the constant news of war and political chaos in the Middle East, a new find occurred while engineers for the Beit Shemesh Water Co...
    New Discoveries in Israel
    By Robert Wise
    May 11th, 2017

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  • Some years ago, I was researching my genealogical background and spent time in the Armenian Sector of the old city of Jerusalem where I became acquain...
    Updating Armenian Genocide
    By Robert Wise
    May 04th, 2017

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  • A number of readers wanted to know more about last week’s report on the deaths of Coptic Christians in Egypt. Many Westerners have not been acquaint...
    More on Persecuted Christians ...
    By Robert Wise
    April 27th, 2017

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  • Before we start, I need to inform you of a change. Cancel the internet radio show! I had too much trouble in getting an acceptable quality of sound ...
    Christians Caught in the Cross...
    By Robert Wise
    April 20th, 2017

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  • Making Sense Out of Syria
    By Robert Wise
    April 13th, 2017

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  • I am often asked about how to take a trip to Israel. Having conducted a multitude of these adventures, my answer usually surprises the inquirer. I sug...
    Climbing Ammunition Hill
    By Robert Wise
    April 06th, 2017

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    Israel and Hamas
    By Robert Wise
    March 30th, 2017

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  • For 2,000 years, the tension between Christians and Jews has grown out of the way each side views the person of Jesus of Nazareth. This problem was th...
    Jesus and the Jews
    By Robert Wise
    March 23rd, 2017

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  • The Prime Minister of Israel and the American President appear to be all smiles and good buddies. America’s love of Israel supplies Trump with a goo...
    The Unexpected Interest Betwee...
    By Robert Wise
    March 16th, 2017

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  • With all the turmoil in Washington D.C. during the last month, a number of things have become clear. The capacity of the executive branch of governmen...
    Is the Two-State Solution Dead...
    By Robert Wise
    March 09th, 2017

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  • Last week we began exploration of one of the most explosive issues facing the Middle East as well as the United States. With the change of leadership ...
    Is the Two-State Solution Dead...
    By Robert Wise
    March 02nd, 2017

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  • For a long time no one wanted to say the words out loud. With President Trump’s talk of moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem, the thought has ag...
    Is the Two-State Solution Dead...
    By Robert Wise
    February 23rd, 2017

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  • A young Arab boy was waiting at an intersection in Shuafat Refugee Camp in East Jerusalem. Having sunk down behind the steering wheel of a beat-up sed...
    Taking a Look at the Other Sid...
    By Robert Wise
    February 16th, 2017

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  • I have a new internet radio show! Tune in at www. blogtalkradio.com/miraclesnow         Got some more priceless items for you! Last week I...
    Treasures Under Your Feet
    By Robert Wise
    February 09th, 2017

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  • I have begun a new internet radio show! Tune in at www. blogtalkradio.com/miraclesnow   Obama is now history while Netanyahu still treads water. ...
    Obama, Netanyahu, and WHAT? Pa...
    By Robert Wise
    January 26th, 2017

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  • Last week we considered the current struggle in Israel as Obama leaves and Trump enters. Big changes are still in the works! One that has not been wi...
    Obama, Netanyahu, and WHAT? Pa...
    By Robert Wise
    January 19th, 2017

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  • My, my! What a difference a few days can make! As the year ended, the Obama administration failed to keep Israel out of hot water at the United Natio...
    Obama, Netanyahu, and WHAT?
    By Robert Wise
    January 12th, 2017

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  • In our last blog, we looked at the Palestinian struggle in the West Bank and Gaza areas. Not a good scene. Regardless of where they came from or thei...
    Meet the Palestinians: Part II
    By Robert Wise
    December 22nd, 2016

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  • The first Palestinian I became acquainted with was a tour guide named Simeon who was amazingly knowledgeable about the Holy Land and the Middle East. ...
    Meet the Palestinians
    By Robert Wise
    December 15th, 2016

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  • During the last two blogs, I’ve been evaluating attitudes and what is possibly ahead with the election of Donald Trump as the next president. With h...
    The Rules Are Changing, Part I...
    By Robert Wise
    December 08th, 2016

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  • No matter where we look, the world is turning upside down. Hundreds of thousands gathered in downtown Seoul, South Korea to demand the resignation of ...
    The Rules Are Changing, Part I...
    By Robert Wise
    November 24th, 2016

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  • The week before the election I examined the Israeli perspective on both Trump and Clinton. Now the votes are in. What’s ahead? Because Trump was of...
    Surprise! The Rules Are Changi...
    By Robert Wise
    November 17th, 2016

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