Mainline media outlets have been conspicuously silent about overt threats to the State of Israel. Together, let’s understand why these recent threats are relevant and should be troubling for Americans and especially those who follow Christ.<p>As you may know, when Israel became a nation again in 1948, a land dispute erupted. To this day, Israelis and Palestinians claim a right to the same land.<p>For years, conflict resolution strategies have boiled down to how or whether to divide the land between these two peoples. The last peace talks broke down in 2014.<p>Now, the conflict is heating up again.<p>The key points of the current situation are as follows:<p>This past fall Hamas told President Trump it would “wipe out Israel.”<p>Also several months ago, leaders of Hamas met in Iran prompting concern from U.S. Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt.<p>Even more recently, Hamas’ leader in Gaza, threated to bomb Tel Aviv.<p>November 2 marked the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a letter which helped Israel become a nation. Hamas and Palestinian Arabs are called on Great Britain to apologize for the “crime of the Balfour Declaration.”<p>There is talk that President Trump is close to unveiling an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. While some dismiss the notion, a senior U.S. official told the Times of Israel the U.S. is engaged in “productive dialogue with all relevant parties about an enduring peace deal.”<p>So why should you pay attention to these threats against Israel? Here are five reasons:<p><span style="font-size:10px;"><em>Photo courtesy: ©Thinkstock/silverjohn</em></span></p>
We are already nearly at the end of 2017. It has been a year packed full of events, both good and bad. The world has rejoiced and also mourned. Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, ISIS lost control of key territory, and senseless violence left us reeling more than once. Read these 21 newsworthy stories to refresh your memory on the major events of 2017.<p><p>Looking back on this eventful year will hopefully give us greater clarity for the future and instill in us the desire to move forward with renewed energy in 2018.<p><p>Photo courtesy: ©Thinkstock/seb_ra
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