National webcast Saturday: Rosenberg, Evangelical leaders to call for revival in US, Great Awakening, support for Israel. VP Pence, Anne Graham Lotz, Dr. Tony Evans, Greg Laurie to speak by video. Please watch and share.

To watch or listen Saturday, please click here.

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The following article was published today by ALL ISRAEL NEWS.

RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA — With an unprecedented pandemic sweeping across the country, nearly 200,000 COVID deaths, millions of people unemployed, urban rioting, spiking racial tensions, surging murder rates and widespread lawlessness, many Americans are fearful about the future of their country.

A recent poll found that 8-in-10 Americans believe the country is headed in the wrongdirection.

Even more sobering, a poll conducted by Georgetown University found that the average American voter believes the country is on “the edge of civil war.”

In that context, dozens of Evangelical churches in the Midwest are holding a nationally broadcast event on Saturday, Sept. 19 calling for spiritual revival and a national Great Awakening. 

They will also call for a renewed commitment for Christians to “bless Israel” that God may also have mercy on America before it’s too late.

The keynote speakers will be Joel C. Rosenberg, editor-in-chief of ALL ISRAEL NEWS, and David Brody, chief Washington correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Vice President Mike Pence will address the gathering by video.

Also speaking by video will be Bible teacher Anne Graham Lotz, pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie and Dr. Tony Evans, one of the most prominent African American pastors in the U.S.

Rosenberg and Brody met with Pence at the White House on Tuesday to videotape the VP’s message.

Organizers insist the event will be non-political and non-partisan.

Brody and Rosenberg asked the vice president why the Bible and his faith in Jesus is important to him, why the U.S.-Israel alliance is so important to the future of the nation and why the VP often ends his speeches with a discussion of one of his favorite portions of scripture, 2 Chronicles 7:14.

In that passage, God promised Israel’s King Solomon, “’If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways,’ says the Lord, ‘then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.’”

These verses and their relevance to the U.S. will be a major focus of the event.

Another key passage that Rosenberg will discuss is Genesis 12:3, in which the Lord promised the patriarch Abraham and the future nation of Israel, “I will bless those who bless you, and those who curse you I will curse.”

The event is called, “Where is America Headed? Finding Faith and Hope in a Time of Fear.”It will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mountain time on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota, not far from the famed Mount Rushmore.

The event will be broadcast live on over 200 Christian radio stations across the nation and some 1,000 people are expected to attend in person.

People can watch the event on the website or on Facebook live.It has been organized by a task force that includes representatives from 30 churches and Christian ministry leaders in the Black Hills and surrounding area.

Rosenberg, a dual US-Israeli citizen who lives in Jerusalem, is a New York Times best-selling author of both fiction and non-fiction books. 

One of his more famous non-fiction titles, and the one he has been asked to discuss, was titled, Implosion: Can America Recover from Its Economic and Spiritual Challenges in Time?

Brody, a nationally respected journalist with CBN News,  has interviewed and profiled some of the best known leaders in government, business and the faith community with piercing questions and a knack for pulling back the curtain and getting to the heart of the story.

EXCLUSIVE: My interview with VP Pence on stunning Mideast peace deals — plus my interviews on Fox News, CBN & our ALL ISRAEL NEWS team’s full coverage of #AbrahamAccords

Washington, DC — Huge news day, one for the ages.

By the grace of God, my team and I were able to cover it from multiple angles for ALL ISRAEL NEWS and ALL ARAB NEWS, including an exclusive interview with Vice President Pence just after the historic White House signing event.

What’s more, the Lord opened up doors for me to be interviewed — as editor of our two new sites — by Fox News, CBN News, Israel’s i24 News, the Jerusalem Post, Wall Street Journal and numerous other outlets.

Here are just a few of the stories I thought you might find interesting. Please share them with others on social media. And let me know what other stories we should be covering.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Pence to ALL ISRAEL NEWS: President threw out old play book in brokering 2 Arab-Israeli peace deals

Fox News panel: Rosenberg discusses Abraham Accords and Saudi pathway to peace with Israel (watch the video)

Israel, UAE and Bahrain peace deal — Prophetic, historic, personal for me, Rosenberg tells CBN News.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Emirati, Bahraini peace deals with Israel could be a ‘win, win, win’ for Palestinians, but major change of strategy needed, former Palestinian negotiator tells ALL ARAB NEWS

The UAE’s Yousef Al Otaiba: the most influential Arab ambassador In Washington

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Israel’s opposition leader gives rare credit to Netanyahu, praises UAE peace deal as ‘fantastic’ and a ‘great move’ — In exclusive interview with ALL ISRAEL NEWS, Yair Lapid says he has plenty to criticize Netanyahu about, but PM’s decision to make peace with Abu Dhabi is not one of them.

There is much, much more on both sites, including the full texts of the agreements that were signed, and exclusive interviews by top Jewish and Evangelical leaders.

I hope you’ll take time to go to ALL ISRAEL NEWS and ALL ARAB NEWS and see what we’re doing. Thanks so much.
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• Riots. Racial tensions. A pandemic. Massive unemployment. Is America headed for implosion, or is there hope? Please join me Oct. 1 for a special online event. I’ll address this topic and answer your questions. Plus, I’ll share insights from my incredible day at the White House. Please register today.

• Would you be willing to make a special, secure, tax deductible donation to The Joshua Fund (www.joshuafund.net)? At this unprecedented moment of crisis, would you help us bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, strengthen the Church in the Epicenter, care for the poor and needy and those unemployed and shut-in’s in Israel (both Jews and Arabs) with food and other humanitarian relief, teach the Word of God, answer spiritual questions, and strengthen struggling congregations and ministries in the Epicenter? The Joshua Fund is a member in good standing of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. Please click here to learn more. Thanks.

Come with me to the White House on Tuesday for the historic peace treaty signing between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain.

(Denver, Colorado) — Greetings from Colorado. I arrived here yesterday straight from Israel for a series of meetings, speeches, media interviews and to see my parents and family.

Monday, Lord willing, I will fly to Washington, D.C. Then, on Tuesday, I am humbled to have been invited to attend the historic Mideast peace treaty signing ceremony at the White House.

Participating in the ceremony — to be held in the South Lawn, I’m told, weather permitting — will be President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Arab Emirates’ Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan, and Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani.

Cabinet Members, Members of Congress and members of the international diplomatic corps will also be attendance for the first Arab-Israeli peace treaty signing in 25 years.

I wish I could take you with me as my guest. But I will try to do the next best thing — show you everything that happens as it unfolds, as though you were sitting with me.

I’ll be posting photos, short videos and my written dispatches on our brand new ALL ISRAEL NEWS website — www.allisrael.com — and on ALL ARAB NEWS.

In addition, my team and I will be posting exclusive interviews and insider details from before and after the event, and explaining what it all means and why it matters.

Our websites have only been running for two weeks. But by God’s grace, my team and I are now in position to report on and to interpret for Evangelical Christians and others all over the globe the most important events affecting Israel and the Arab world — not from the sidelines, but from the front row, as historic, tectonic, game-changing events unfold in real time.

I hope you will take time to follow ALL ISRAEL NEWS all this week — and especially on Tuesday — checking back minute by minute, and hour by hour, for updates on the site and on our social media accounts.

Please also tell your friends who care about Israel and the region to use us as their “one-stop-shopping” website for all the latest, important credible news and analysis in a simple, easy-to-navigate format.

And please don’t stop praying for us, or for the safety of this event and all the leaders involved, or for the peace of Jerusalem, as we are commanded in Psalm 122:6. The enemies of peace are not going to take all this sitting down. We need to be prepared for — and pray against — a potentially violent backlash. Thanks so much.

ONE LAST NOTE: Tomorrow, Monday, as a subscriber of this blog, you’re going to receive a free special email called “The Week Ahead: Jerusalem Edition.” It will be written by me. It will come from ALL ISRAEL NEWS. And it will start coming every Monday. It’s a new column to inform you about the breaking news and critical events and trends you need to watch for in Israel and the Arab world so you know best how to pray. I hope you find it helpful. Please feel free to post your feedback and questions on our Facebook page. Thanks — and may God bless you as you keep praying for peace.
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Riots. Racial tensions. A pandemic. Massive unemployment. Is America headed for implosion, or is there hope? Please join me Oct. 1 for a special online event. I’ll address this topic and answer your questions. Please register today.

Would you be willing to make a special, secure, tax deductible donation to The Joshua Fund (www.joshuafund.net)? At this unprecedented moment of crisis, would you help us bless Israel and her neighbors in the name of Jesus, strengthen the Church in the Epicenter, care for the poor and needy and those unemployed and shut-in’s in Israel (both Jews and Arabs) with food and other humanitarian relief, teach the Word of God, answer spiritual questions, and strengthen struggling congregations and ministries in the Epicenter? The Joshua Fund is a member in good standing of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. Please click here to learn more. Thanks.

Riots. Racial tensions. A pandemic. Massive unemployment. Is America headed for implosion, or is there hope? Please join me Oct. 1 for a special online event. I’ll address this topic and answer your questions. Please register today.

Riots. Racial tensions. A pandemic. Massive unemployment. Is America headed for implosion, or is there hope? Please join me Oct. 1 for a special online event. I’ll address this topic and answer your questions. Please register today.

Americans are facing multiple traumas simultaneously.

* A pandemic that has taken the lives of over 191,000 people and destroyed (at least for the time being) millions of jobs

* Racial tensions

* Widespread looting and rioting in multiple American cities

* And bitterly partisan political season that only promises to become uglier

No wonder that a new poll finds 64% of Americans believe the country is on the wrong track.

The good news: we’re seeing the beginnings of an impressive turnaround. More than 10 million jobs have been re-created in just the last few months. We seem to be close to vaccines and cures, Lord willing, in record time. And many Americans are turning to God for hope and comfort in these very challenging times.

But what’s ahead for America (and for Israel, where I live now)?

I look forward to addressing this topic, and answering your questions, in a very special event on October 1st.

Usually, I speak and take questions at a lovely annual event in Denver, to raise funds for the non-profit Christian ministry that my parents lead called Ministry Architecture, Inc.

This year, because of the coronavirus, we can’t meet in-person. So, we’re doing the event on-line — October 1st at 7pm Denver time.

Honestly, I think it may be the most important event we have ever done. Why? Because we all know that America is in trouble spiritually, socially and economically. The stakes could not be higher. It is, therefore, a critical conversation to be had.

Please register today to participate. You can’t watch without pre-registering. The suggested minimum contribution is $25, and it’s 100% tax deductible.

This year, there is a matching fund of up to $36,000. That means the value of your donation will be immediately doubled. So, please prayerfully consider giving significantly more than $25 to help Ministry Architecture help Evangelical ministries in developing countries design and plan the orphanages, ministry training centers, Christian schools, churches and other buildings they need to fulfill the Great Commission.

Please give through Ministry Architecture’s secure online system, since there won’t be the opportunity to take an in-person offering.

Thanks so much — and please submit your questions online right away!

Where are the courageous moderate Muslims willing to speak out & fight back against the radicals? As an Israeli, I actually interviewed two such men. Meet Mohammed and Ali.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — Ever since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, I’ve been asked variations of this question: If “real” Muslims are peaceful, where are they?

If there are really courageous, moderate, peace-loving Muslims out there, then why don’t we ever hear about them?

Because they media is not covering them.

Let’s face it, there are some 1.8 billion Muslims in the world. The vast, vast majority are not hijacking planes and flying them into buildings, are they? Or blowing themselves up in malls and schools and restaurants. Or calling for “jihad” — holy war — against Christians and Jews. Right?

Of course not. 

Yet the radicals are the only ones we seem hear about on TV and in the newspapers.

Don’t get me wrong — the radicals are a serious, lethal threat. And I have no intention of minimizing the threat they pose. Indeed, I’ve spent the last two decades of my career as an author, speaker and Mideast analyst explaining who these radicals are, why they are so dangerous, and why world leaders and lay people need to take them more seriously. 

That said, why are the moderates — the ones who want to make peace with Jews and Christians, and with Israel — not on the cover of Time and Newsweek and other magazines? Why aren’t they profiled on 60 Minutes and other news programs?

Traveling from Morocco to Afghanistan, I’ve worked hard to find the moderate Muslims I know are out there yet have been quiet, or have been ignored by the mainstream media even when they have bravely spoken out and taken action against the radicals. 

As we launched these two new websites this week — ALL ISRAEL NEWS and ALL ARAB NEWS — I decided to interview two of the most interesting and important and courageous moderate Muslims that I’ve had the honor of meeting. We don’t agree theologically. And there are political matters we disagree on, as well. But they’re not trying to kill me. I’m not trying to kill them. To the contrary, we’re actively trying to advance peace and religious freedom in this part of the world, even though we have profound disagreements on, for example, who Jesus is, and whether the Bible is the Word of God.

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One of these men is a Saudi cleric — Sheikh Mohammed al-Issa.

The other is an Emirati businessman (from the UAE) — Dr. Al Rashid Al Nuaimi.

They are absolutely fascinating, and I want to introduce you to them.

Here are links to the interviews I have done with them. I highly recommend you take some time to read them. And while you’re at it, pray for these men and their families. 

Thanks so much — and shalom and salaam from Jerusalem.

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BREAKING: I’m happy to report our ALL ISRAEL NEWS and ALL ARAB NEWS sites went live today. Both have big stories and exclusive interviews. Here’s the latest.

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It’s Launch Day – welcome to ALL ISRAEL NEWS!

After months of building our team and our site, we now are live at www.allisrael.com.

We have simultaneously launched our sister site, ALL ARAB NEWS at www.allarab.news.

And what a week to get started.

We are already covering historic, game-changing, breaking news stories – so please check out both sites.

Here are just some of the original stories we have already published on Opening Day:

Over the next few hours — and next few days — we will have more original content, including:

  • Exclusive poll results on how the American people view the historic peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates
  • An interview with one of Israel’s top tourism experts: When exactly will Israel reopen the country for tours of the Holy Land?
  • An exclusive interview with Israel’s former Ambassador to the United States on how the Israeli-UAE peace deal is completely reshaping the business and financial climate  
  • Plus, we always have links to the most important and interesting stories about Israel and the rest of the Epicenter – sort of a “one-stop-shopping” system — so you don’t have to waste time endlessly searching dozens of news sites trying to find what’s important and credible

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With events moving rapidly, I hope you’ll keep checking back with us every few hours for new, exclusive interviews, exclusive polls, original feature stories, breaking news, and fresh, insightful original commentary from an Evangelical worldview that will help you make sense of the fast-breaking stories, what they mean and why they matter.

Here are a few other ways to stay up-to-speed on all news and events happening in Israel and the broader Arab/Muslim world:

  1. Sign up for free email updates — just go to ALL ISRAEL NEWS and type your email address into the section in the upper left corner.
  2. Make ALL ISRAEL NEWS your homepage on your laptop and/or desktop computer
  3. Like and follow ALL ISRAEL NEWS on Facebook so our most important stories will show up on your news feed: https://www.facebook.com/AllIsraelCom/
  4. Follow ALL ISRAEL NEWS on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/all_israel_news
  5. Like and follow ALL ARAB NEWS on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/AllArabCom/
  6. Follow ALL ARAB NEWS on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/all_arab_news
  7. And please stay subscribed to the RSS feed on my blog. ALL ISRAEL NEWS and ALL ARAB NEWS are part of a non-profit Christian organization that I’ve set up. But I will still be sending out important and often exclusive updates on this blog, including details of my new books, speaking engagements, media appearances and so more.

Thanks so much for checking out these new sites — hope you find them helpful. And please keep our team and their families in your prayers. May the Lord bless you and show you His mercy and kindness.


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What did the Trump and Biden nomination speeches tell us about their approaches towards Israel and the Mideast? A few observations as the 2020 campaign goes into full battle mode.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — Next Tuesday, September 1st, my Israeli, Palestinian and Lebanese colleagues and I will launch two new websites:

Given that both sites will be run by a new 501c3 non-profit organization, Near East Media, that we have set up in the U.S., both sites will be scrupulously non-partisan. I can promise you that we will endeavor to provide fair, honest, balanced coverage and analysis of events and trends in and affecting Israel and the Arab/Muslim world, as well as of the U.S. presidential campaign when the candidates deal with issues in our region.

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Accepting the Republican nomination for President Thursday night, Donald Trump made his support for Israel, Middle East peace, and defeating radical Islamism a major theme of his Fall campaign.

Joe Biden made no direct mention of Israel or his approach towards the Middle East in his acceptance speech last week at the Democratic National Convention. 

While his closest advisors and allies argue that Mr. Biden is not only the most pro-Israel Democrat ever nominated, and will have a more effective foreign policy strategy than Trump in the Middle East, the closest he came in his speech was an allusion to the region.

“I’ll be a President that will stand with our allies and friends and make it clear to our adversaries the days of cozying up to dictators is over,” Mr. Biden, the former Obama vice president, said. “Under President Biden, America will not turn a blind eye to Russian bounties on the heads of American soldiers. Nor will I put up with foreign interference in our most sacred democratic exercise: voting. And I’ll always stand for our values of human rights and dignity. I’ll work in common purpose for a more secure, peaceful and prosperous world.”

On the Biden campaign website, there is a section detailing his “friendship, support and action” for and towards Israel and the Jewish community over the years. 

As I noted last week, Kamala Harris is more moderate on Israel than others in the Democratic Party, and is married to a pro-Israel Jewish lawyer.

Mr. Biden’s speech, however, focused almost entirely on domestic social and economic matters. Mr. Trump devoted several paragraphs of his speech to Israel and the Mideast.

“When I took office, the Middle East was in total chaos,” the President said. “ISIS was rampaging, Iran was on the rise, and the war in Afghanistan had no end in sight. I withdrew from the terrible, one-sided Iran Nuclear Deal.”

“Unlike many presidents before me, I kept my promise, recognized Israel’s true capital and moved our Embassy to Jerusalem,” Mr. Trump added. “But not only did we talk about it as a future site, we got it built. Rather than spending $1 billion on a new building as planned, we took an already owned existing building in a better location, and opened it at a cost of less than $500,000. We also recognized Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, and this month we achieved the first Middle East peace deal in 25 years.”

He went on to say that “in addition, we obliterated 100 percent of the ISIS Caliphate, and killed its founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Then, in a separate operation, we eliminated the world’s number one terrorist, Qassem Soleimani. Unlike previous administrations, I have kept America OUT of new wars – and our troops are coming home. We have spent nearly $2.5 trillion on completely rebuilding our military, which was very badly depleted when I took office. This includes three separate pay raises for our great warriors. We also launched the Space Force, the first new branch of the United States military since the Air Force was created almost 75 years ago.”

As the Fall campaign unfolds, it will be interesting to see how — and how much — the two candidates, their running mates, and their parties, deal with Israel, Iran, and other Mideast issues.

I promise to keep you posted. 

(Photo credit: Getty Images and CNN)

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On September 1st, I’m launching two new websites — ALL ISRAEL NEWS and ALL ARAB NEWS. Here’s why. (Please start following us now on Twitter and Facebook and let your friends know, too.)

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The number one question I’m asked these days, especially from Evangelical Christians, is this, “What news sites do you read – and trust – to know what’s happening in Israel and the Middle East and to truly understand what it all means?”

The good news: there’s actually quite a bit of useful reporting out there both from Christian and non-Christian sources. The challenge: most people don’t have the time, experience or discernment to know how to extract the useful from the worthless.

Add to this the rise of fake news – as well as so much anti-faith, anti-Christian, anti-Israel, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim bias – in the modern, secular, mainstream media and it’s not surprising that Evangelicals are increasingly hungry for a reliable source of truthful reporting and sound analysis.

Therefore, after much prayer and planning, I’m very happy to let you know that my colleagues and I are launching two new websites on September 1st.

ALL ISRAEL NEWS and ALL ARAB NEWS will be “one-stop-shopping” news sites for anyone and everyone who wants to understand what’s happening in the Epicenter and why it matters. We’ll publish exclusive “news-maker” interviews, exclusive polls, original reporting, helpful context and analysis, as well as links to the most important and interesting news stories in the Israeli, Arab and regional press — all day, every day.

Truthful. Insightful. Fair. Free. And all from an Evangelical perspective and worldview.

  • I will serve as Editor-in-Chief, writing original stories and commentaries, and guiding our team to deliver a first-rate product.
  • We have hired a team of Israeli and Palestinian reporters, editors and web developers who are working hard to prepare for the launch.
  • We have recruited a great Board of Directors for NEAR EAST MEDIA – our U.S.-based 501c3 non-profit, non-partisan, Christian organization – and they are fully established and operational. 
  • We have also recruited two excellent Advisory Boards, one for each websites.
  • More on all this when we launch.

Meanwhile:

Simultaneously:

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The countdown to launch day — Tuesday, September 1st — is on.

Tell your friends. Pray for us. And please join us when we go live. Thanks so much!

[NOTE: Above are images are partial screen shots from the two news sites as of Friday, August 21st. The team is writing articles and linking to other important stories every day, practicing for the launch.]

Game-changer: Why the UAE-Israeli peace deal is so historic. How we got here. And the role of Evangelicals. (My interviews with Fox News, AP and the Israeli media.)

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — Tragedy in Beirut. Triumph in the United Arab Emirates and Israel. All in one week.

Welcome to the modern Middle East.

Look away if you want, but forces in this region have a way of pulling you back in.

Over the past 24 hours, I’ve done a dozen interviews with U.S. and Israeli journalists, commenting on the significance of this new peace deal, including how the Crown Prince of the UAE told me and my Evangelical delegation in a private meeting in Abu Dhabi in October 2018 he was “ready to make peace.”

Here is some of those interviews.

Let’s start with the live interview I did last night (eastern U.S. time) with Fox News anchor Shannon Bream, telling her Israelis are “electrified” by news of the first new Arab-Israeli peace deal in a quarter of a century. Bream also interviewed two former State Department officials who provided bipartisan praise of the deal. David Tafuri served as a foreign policy advisor to President Barack Obama. Kiron Skinner served as a foreign policy advisor to President Donald Trump.

To watch the full interview, please click here.

The following are excerpts from my portion of the interview:

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BREAM: Now, Joel, I know – because of conversations that we’ve had – that you have been in communications with a number of key people and people connected to this. Would you give us some context about what it could mean for the rest of the Middle East as this comes together?

ROSENBERG: Well, I think this is historic. It’s a game-changer. We haven’t had an Arab-Israeli peace deal in 26 years, almost, since the King of Jordan in 1994. This is huge. I’m talking to you from Jerusalem. This is a country that is electrified by this decision. And I will tell you that the UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed invited me to bring a delegation of Evangelical Christians to meet with him a little more than 18 months ago. We sat in the palace in Abu Dhabi and he said directly – it was a two-hour, off-the-record conversation, but I can tell you now – he said, “I am ready to make peace.” We were stunned, and we talked through what the process would be like. And I said to him, “Look, I have no political power. I’m a novelist. I’m a political analyst. But I live in Jerusalem. I’m an Israeli-American citizen. I want to invite you to come to Jerusalem.” And he leaned forward and he said to me, “Joel, that day is coming sooner than you realize.” So this is just an extraordinary set of developments. And also kudos to Prime Minister Netanyahu, who has decided to set aside the issue of annexation to focus on regional peace. This is a huge, huge development.

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BREAM: Very quickly, Joel, I see you nodding your head about the Iran piece [of the story]. Can you give us a quick comment on that, what it means to them?

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ROSENBERG: Absolutely. The Iran nuclear threat – and the Iran terrorism threat and subversion threat – has been the key ingredient that has fundamentally recalculated every Arab leader’s view in the region to ask, “Who is my friend, and who is my foe?” And I will tell you, there is a slight degree of credit that needs to go to President Obama here, almost inadvertently. Because by siding with the Iran nuclear deal, and not including the Sunni Arab states and Israel in those discussions – in fact, we were all blindsided by the fact that secret negotiations were going on – it really accelerated the UAE’s decision, “I need allies like Israel.”

If you’re interested, here are links to other stories I’m quoted in:

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BREAKING: ISRAEL AND UAE AGREE TO FULL NORMALIZATION OF RELATIONS. President Trump brokers deal. First Arab-Israeli peace agreement in 26 years.

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — Historic, stunning events are breaking here in the region.

President Trump announced today that he has brokered a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. 

This is the first time in 26 years that an Arab state has agreed to make peace with Israel. The first was Egypt in the period between 1977 and 1979. The last was the Kingdom of Jordan, in 1994.

The president held a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed to finalize a deal that has been in the works for month.

When I was in Washington, D.C. last month, I met twice with the UAE Ambassador to the United States, Yousef al-Otaiba, and spoke with him by phone, as well. With each conversation, it was becoming clearer that the UAE was working on a peace deal.

However, UAE senior officials were also making it clear to Israel that they could have full normalization, or annexation, but not both.

Throughout the summer, the President and senior U.S. officials who had initially supported Israeli “annexation,” or “incorporation” of some percentage of Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank”) into the sovereign state of Israel, began rethinking. 

In a conversation with a very senior U.S. official, I made the case that a peace deal between Israel and the UAE was far more important, historic, strategic and game-changing and pressed the administration to pursue that route with vigor.

I’ll share many more details in the days ahead.

For now, here is the officials statement released by the White House:

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I’ll have more updates on Twitter on this exciting, dramatic development.