Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog
Tracking events and trends in Israel, the U.S., Russia and throughout the Epicenter (the Middle East & North Africa)
BREAKING: Brazen domestic terror attack on Members of Congress. James Hodgkinson, 66, of Illinois, shot & killed by Capitol Police after firing upwards of 100 rounds, wounding five people, including House Majority Whip. Here’s the latest.
UPDATE on Thursday at 3pm eastern: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise still in critical condition. This morning, Scalise underwent third surgery in 24 hours. President Trump and the First Lady visited Scalise last night. Vice President Pence visited him this morning. Security concerns among lawmakers on Capitol Hill growing. (Washington, D.C.) — Washington has been […]
Posted: June 14, 2017, 5:37 pm
BREAKING: Gunman opens fire on Members of Congress, hits House Majority Whip. Five wounded, plus the assailant. Here’s the latest.
(Washington, D.C.) — Here’s what we know so far: Five people wounded, reports the NYT and CNN House Majority Whip Scalise was hit — airlifted to G.W. Hospital in D.C. and now in stable condition. Two Capitol Police officers reportedly shot. The gunman was also shot in return fire and is in custody. Reports of at least 60 shots […]
Posted: June 14, 2017, 1:07 pm
An invitation to attend the 2018 Epicenter Prayer Summit in Jerusalem. (Pastors, start planning your own tour to Israel to join us at the Summit.)
Dear friends — It is with great excitement about God’s love for the people of Israel that I cordially invite you to join us for the Epicenter Prayer Summit, which will be held in Jerusalem the evening of Wednesday, July 11th, and all day Thursday, July 12th, 2018. The Summit will be the centerpiece of […]
Posted: June 13, 2017, 11:14 am
BREAKING NEWS: Terrorists massacre Christians in Egypt. 26 dead, 25 wounded. Please pray. Here’s the latest.
(Washington, D.C.) — Terribly sad news out of Egypt this morning: terrorists “attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians in central Egypt, killing at least 26 people and wounding 25 others,” reports the BBC. I’ll post updates on Twitter as more news becomes available. In the meantime, please pray for the victims and their families. Please […]
Posted: May 26, 2017, 1:43 pm
President concludes most successful visit to Israel by any American leader in decades by profoundly resetting the alliance. (My analysis of the two-day trip.)
(Washington, D.C.) — Let’s be honest. The cynics and haters won’t be able to say one good thing about it. But the only fair analysis is that the President’s two-day visit to Israel was the most successful visit by an American leader to the Jewish State in decades. It was meticulously planned, remarkably well executed, safe […]
Posted: May 24, 2017, 1:42 pm
At Arab Summit, President boldly urges Muslim leaders to “drive out the terrorists and extremists” from their nations and houses of worship. (My analysis of the historic and well-crafted speech.)
(Washington, D.C.) — Wow. Readers of this blog know I have never been shy about expressing my concerns about Mr. Trump when necessary. But the President deserves a great deal of credit for going to meet with our Sunni Arab allies in the Mideast and for the speech he delivered yesterday in Saudi Arabia to the leaders of 50 […]
Posted: May 22, 2017, 11:26 am
President arrives in Saudi Arabia to meet with Arab & Muslim leaders. Here’s the latest, including his itinerary.
(Washington, D.C.) — No one would have predicted that the candidate who called for a “Muslim ban” would, upon becoming President of the United States, make Saudi Arabia the first stop on his first international trip. Or that he would turn the trip into an opportunity to meet with dozens of Arab and Muslim leaders […]
Posted: May 21, 2017, 1:50 pm
How close did Russia come to intervening in the Six Day War against Israel? My interview with CBN News.
This month, Israelis are celebrating — and Palestinians are mourning — the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War, which set into motion the reunification of Jerusalem, as well as Judea and Samaria (i.e., the “West Bank” of the Jordan River), under Jewish control for the first time in more than 2,000 years. The Christian Broadcasting Network […]
Posted: May 16, 2017, 10:44 am
Greetings from Cairo. I’m here to visit Egyptian Christians & stand in solidarity with them in the face of terrorism.
( Cairo, Egypt) — Marhaba — hello in Arabic — from the capital of Egypt. It has been such a joy to be here and meet with Egyptian Christian leaders over the past several days. By God’s grace, I have had the opportunity to step behind the headlines and hear what the Lord is doing in Egypt, discuss […]
Posted: May 10, 2017, 3:17 pm
Confirmed: President will visit Israel, Saudi Arabia & the Vatican this month. Trip designed to reach out to Jews, Muslims & Christians, strengthen U.S. alliances, advance peace.
(Central Israel) — President Trump made it official yesterday: his first foreign trip will begin with stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican where he will meet with the Pope. From there, he will participate in a NATO Summit in Brussels, followed by the G-7 Summit in Sicily, Italy. He will depart the U.S. on May […]
Posted: May 5, 2017, 4:33 am