• The first time I went to Egypt, I was almost overwhelmed by how ancient the entire land, including Cairo, proved to be. Towns like Bir al-Abd in north...
    Explosions in Egypt
    By Robert Wise
    December 07th, 2017

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  • If you follow the news, this item was probably on the back page (if at all unfortunately), but the story remains important for the future. The Kurds h...
    A New Struggle in the Middle E...
    By Robert Wise
    November 30th, 2017

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  • In the midst of the “push and pull” of Middle Eastern politics and structure, periodically the Israel Antiquities Authority and other archeologist...
    Recent Archaeological Discover...
    By Robert Wise
    November 23rd, 2017

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  • President George Bush made that banal statement that he looked into the soul of Vladimir Putin and saw hope. This past week, President Trump trumped h...
    Getting Centered
    By Robert Wise
    November 16th, 2017

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  • I confess. Last weekend we were in California, taking our great-grandchildren (and children) Trick or Treating. For years, I took the three grandchild...
    Commemorating the Battle of Be...
    By Robert Wise
    November 09th, 2017

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  • The world is increasingly struggling with a sense of uneasiness over emotionally confrontational situations. The civil war in Syria is far from over, ...
    Quagmire Qualms
    By Robert Wise
    October 26th, 2017

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  • And how are things going in Israel these days? With all the turmoil in Syria and the problems created by Iran and Russia, you’d expect people to be ...
    Discontent
    By Robert Wise
    October 19th, 2017

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  • Hey! Before we go any further, there will no blog next week because I will be traveling. Sorry, but I’ll be out of pocket. HOWEVER, get ready for a ...
    Chasing the Angel of Death
    By Robert Wise
    October 05th, 2017

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  • Iran is back in the headlines. President Donald Trump’s speech at the United Nations called Iran an international pariah. While the entire rest of t...
    The Issue with Syria
    By Robert Wise
    September 28th, 2017

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  • Please grant me a little indulgence. I want to add a reflection that is outside the usual trip through the world of the Middle East. I feel a need to ...
    A Personal Reflection
    By Robert Wise
    September 21st, 2017

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  • 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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