UPDATED: Here is video of the Fox News interview I did last week. One segment is on “The Auschwitz Escape.” The other is on the breakdown of the Mideast peace talks.

Discussing "The Auschwitz Escape" on the Fox News Channel.

Discussing “The Auschwitz Escape” on the Fox News Channel.

(Washington, D.C.) — On Saturday, Fox News Channel anchor Uma Pemmaraju interviewed me for two segments.

Here is the video of us discussing the latest developments in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Here is the video of us discussing The Auschwitz Escape and the true stories that inspired the novel, including the fascinating story of the evangelical Christians in Le Chambon, France, who rescued many Jews during the Holocaust.

Hope you find them interesting.

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Kerry blames Israel for collapse of peace talks. Ridiculous. This is part of a troubling pattern of this White House alienating America’s friends & appeasing our enemies.

Secretary John Kerry.

Secretary John Kerry.

(Washington, D.C.) — UPDATED: Over the past year of the peace talks, Israel has consistently taken practical, concrete steps to show goodwill, including releasing hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, some of whom were terrorists with blood on their hands.

Israel took such measures even though Palestinian terrorists have continued to fire rockets and missiles at innocent Israeli civilians over and over and over again.

What practical, concrete steps did the Palestinian leadership?

The sad fact is that Mahmoud Abbas gave concrete nothing in return.

What’s more, he outright refused to even consider recognizing Israel as a Jewish state. Then he embarked on unilateral steps to create an independent Palestinian state in direct defiance of the terms of the peace process which call for a negotiated settlement. Then he refused to continue the peace talks beyond the April 29th deadline without Israel releasing thousands of more prisoners.

Yet now Secretary of State John Kerry is blaming Israel for the breakdown of the talks. Consider the latest headlines:

This is ridiculous, bordering on the infuriating. Netanyahu appointed good people to negotiate in good faith. Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, the chief negotiator, is not exactly a right wing Likudnik. She is part of Israel’s center left. She wanted a deal. She worked hard for a deal. Yet she became increasingly frustrated by the resistance of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to bring serious ideas and compromises to the table, and then had to speak out when Abbas decided to sign 15 international treaties to unilaterally creating a Palestinian state.

“The past week wasn’t a good week and we will have to fight to see how we can correct and move forward,” said Livni on Israel’s Channel 2 news. “It isn’t simple. It’s very complicated. This is a real crisis.”

Bloomberg reports that “Livni called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ bid last week to join international bodies ‘a violation and a big mistake that will make it very difficult to go back to normal.”

When Abbas has burned Tzipi Livni — a woman deeply committed to a two-state solution — you know things have really gotten bad.

Yet once again Kerry is blaming Israel.

Sadly, this is part of a troubling pattern of the Obama administration alienating America’s friends and appeasing our enemies. Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry have invested enormous amounts of time in trying to force enormous Israeli concessions to create a final peace deal with the Palestinians, even though everyone told them the Palestinian leadership was not prepared to deal seriously. Yet the most important mission in the Middle East right now is stopping Iran from building nuclear weapons, yet the White House and State Department are treating Iran with kid gloves.

As former Senator Rick Santorum and I stated last week:

What troubles us most is the feckless, rudderless foreign policy of President Obama. Do our enemies fear him? Do our friends trust him? To the contrary, Mr. Obama is presiding over the systematic collapse of American credibility around the globe, from the Middle East to Russia to Asia. This vacuum of leadership is creating a very dangerous global environment and must be corrected quickly.

 

We believe in a bipartisan approach to American foreign policy. The challenges we face are serious but manageable if we unite as a country around a policy of peace through strength. That said, we also believe in the important role of a loyal opposition that warns the government when it is heading in the wrong direction.

 

In the 1930s, Winston Churchill warned the world that Adolf Hitler and the Nazis represented a gathering storm that had to be stopped early and decisively lest disaster ensue. A new gathering storm is brewing, as dangerous as the last, if not more so. We need an honest, strong, principled American foreign policy now more than ever, especially when it comes to the Iranian nuclear threat. The stakes are too high for miscalculation.

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>> On April 7th, 1944, two men escaped from Auschwitz. 70 years later, novel inspired by real events is a best-seller — click here to learn more.

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Amidst peace talks, Gaza terrorists have fired at least 18 rockets at Israel since Jan. 1.

Rocket being fired from Gaza Strip at southern Israel.

Rocket being fired from Gaza Strip at southern Israel.

>> MONDAY UPDATE: Loud explosions heard in Eilat – IDF troops dispatched to area to search for source, thought to be rockets (Times of Israel)

Even as Secretary of State John Kerry continues shuttling in and out the epicenter in search of a final, comprehensive peace treaty between the Israelis and Palestinians — and continues pressuring Netanyahu to make deeper and deeper concessions — terrorist rocket fire emanating from Gaza and targeting Jewish civilians in southern Israel is steadily increasing.

“January has seen an upsurge in Palestinian rocket  attacks from Gaza on southern Israel, with 18 projectiles fired since the start  of the month,” reports the Jerusalem Post.

“The Israel Air Force struck an Islamic Jihad member in the northern Gaza Strip  on Sunday morning who had been involved in a spate of rocket attacks against  Israel,” noted the Post. “Security sources said following the strike that Islamic Jihad, as the non-sovereign party in Gaza, was exploiting its position to attack Israel,  and that the coming hours would determine whether Hamas would be able to  exercise its authority as Gaza’s ruler to reinstate the truce with  Israel. The target of the strike, named as Ahmed Sa’ad, took part in the firing of rockets at southern Israeli communities, the IDF said, and planned  further attacks in the near future. Sunday’s air strike can be seen as a message from the IDF that  Israel is prepared to target terrorists personally involved in the  attacks.”

“It’s a signal that we won’t tolerate a drizzle of rockets,” a senior security source said.

“Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Sunday that Israel will not allow anyone to return it to a ‘routine’ of rocket fire, warning that ‘those who try to do so will pay a very high price,’” noted the Post.  “We see Hamas as being responsible for what occurs in the Gaza Strip, and if it does not know how to enforce its sovereignty on what takes place on the ground, we’ll keep hitting its interests. I would not recommend that anyone in the Gaza Strip test our patience and determination to protect the security of  Israeli civilians.”

Please pray that the rocket fire is effectively stopped. Please pray for the innocent civilians on both sides of the border find safety and security. Please also pray for the Lord to give wisdom to the diplomats and government officials in the region to make peace.

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Netanyahu in Russia for talks with Putin on Iran nuclear negotiations.

(Jerusalem, Israel) — “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Russia Wednesday for a meeting with Russian President Vladmir Putin to discuss nuclear talks with Iran, among other issues,” reports the Times of Israel. “While Israel does not expect that the Kremlin will change its position significantly on Iran, the prime minister will try to elicit help from Russia to tailor any agreement more to Israeli standards, according to Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin, who is accompanying Netanyahu on the trip, Israel Radio reported.”

“Russia is a staunch supporter of Iran, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday that there is a ‘very good’ chance that the next meeting will produce an preliminary agreement, but that there are some tough issues to resolve,’ noted the Times. “He also laid the blame for the failure of the last round on the US for bowing to pressure from France to add last-minute changes to a working draft. Netanyahu last visited Russia in May, when he and Putin met for emergency talks at the Black Sea resort of Sochi to discuss the situation in Syria, amid concerns that Moscow could soon provide Damascus with a cutting-edge missile defense system.”


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