Dr. Brown and Rabbi Shmuley Discuss Myths and Facts about Israel, the Palestinians, and the Peace Process

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Dr. Brown speaks with his friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach regarding the most recent events in Israel, including Secretary of State Kerry’s comments regarding the possibility of anti-Israel boycotts, discusses the controversy over Scarlet Johannson’s backing of Soda Stream (an Israeli company located in the so-called “occupied territories”), and takes your Jewish-related calls. Listen live here 2-4 pm EST, and call into the show at (866) 348 7884 with your questions and comments.


Hour 1:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: Sort it out for yourself; what is God’s heart towards Israel today, then side with Him whatever that is.

Hour 2:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: When we align ourselves with the heart of God and the purposes of God, we’ll find ourselves praying for Israel.



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  1. Some points of feedback from today’s show:

    1) Regarding Sodastream.

    It’s great that Sodastream employs Arabs but it seems like Dr. Brown dodged the main issue. Is the Sodastream factory built on land taken from Palestinians?

    if the land was sold willingly at a fair price, then that addresses a primary concern about the settlements as far as I know.

    2) Regarding Jews in banking and entertainment.

    I get the banking part – European Jewish bankers were traditionally used to skirt usury laws.

    But why entertainment? I have never understood why this is.

    (I’m fine with it. It’s just idle curiosity.)

    3) Regarding Dr. Brown’s comments on John Kerry.

    This came across as just petty carping. Kerry said he was against boycotts! But, because he didn’t use Dr. Brown’s exact words, Dr. Brown criticizes him for it. Sheesh.

  2. Greg,

    It is not Arab land. It was willed to Israel by YHWH. It was taken in war from the Arabs. It was bought with pain, suffering and blood.

    Do you want to give the US back to the American Indians? Do you want the all the money that is taken from the taxpayers in this country and given to those on welfare to be returned? You have a blatant double standard.

    The majority of Palestinians want Israel to rule instead of there being a Palestinian state. The talking heads in the media do not want you to know this.

    The infrastructure was paid for by Sodastream. The working Palestinians are better off with Sodastream there.

  3. Greg, I concur with Bo’s post… Plain and simple what is scattered can not be regathered unless G_d does it. What was given by G_d belongs to G_d. By your post you just do not get it.. There is an incredible story right before your eyes that being one with G_d you would understand. By the post you put out there, this is just another issue that you are in serious error over. No one is going to be able to argue you out of the error, you are just going to have to go before G_d an lay out your stubborn views and ask for correction. When you are not 180 degrees different from Bo, you will be much closer to understanding.

  4. jon,

    Keep in mind that it is not the best thing to agree with me…but that we all agree with YHWH. Let’s be careful not to confront YHWH with the question, “Who’s side are you on?” Instead let’s let Him ask us…and let us be found on His side submitting to His commands.

    Joshua 5
    13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
    14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?


  5. It seems to me that a peace process should be so simple, and that all it would take is some acceptance and follow through.

    Why not come to an understanding that Israel’s land is their land and that they have the right to protect it’s borders and retaliate against every attack?

    Doesn’t that go for every peace loving nation in the world?

    So if a neighbor doesn’t like retaliation, it shouldn’t send rockets in their neighbor’s direction.

    And shouldn’t we expect that every peace loving nation would offer support to every other peace loving nation, that would like to protect it’s own borders?

    The peace process should be so simple.

    The exception to this kind of rule, I suppose, should be if there is a nation that isn’t peace loving but is instead, ruthless and oppressive, a destroyer of it’s people’s well being.

    It seems to me that such a nation should not expect support at all times in it’s protection, from peace loving nations which have the well being of it’s people as it’s main interest.

    And so how do we make such a determination as to what kind of government it is, whether oppressive or peace loving?

    I believe that is where we are to do the best we can.

    If we really gave our best, I think we could do pretty good.

    And when a peace loving nation retaliates against an attack, isn’t it then that the people who live in the oppressive neighboring nation get told by the peace loving nations of the world, why it is that they suffer damage, and that the source of the damage is really because of those who go against the peace loving nation with their destructive weapons?

    I believe a legitimate peace process should be so simple, and that over time peace could prevail, as long as they would hold to that process and explain that idea of peace all the time, so their could be little opportunity for misunderstanding of actions.

    And this kind of peace process wouldn’t be meddling would it?

  6. The way for one peace loving nation to help another one is for them to say that they are willing to help if they ask, and willing to be subject to them in their defense of their nation, and that they do not wish to meddle.

  7. There will be no peace period. Satan is going to do everything to keep the messiah king of kings from coming back to Zion. It is a futile effort in every way, much like John Kerry.

  8. It seems to me that the peacemakers should be blessed no matter what. (Matt 5:9)

    If evil should continue and not cease against Israel, I would like to see peace loving nations letting Israel and the whole world know that they believe Israel should protect it’s borders and it’s people from harm, and that every peace loving nation should consider giving them support in whatever way they can, letting Israel know that they should feel free to call upon such nations as these if ever they need anything, and that these nations will be in subjection to Israel, intending to do so in a godly manner, and that all the assets of such nations could be at their disposal in order to protect it’s people, because they are a peace loving sort.

    And if there be no peace because of the enemies of Israel, perhaps the world should know why…. that it has enemies that have chosen not to honor their borders or care about their people, and perhaps it would do the world some good (if indeed such enemies would continue to not cease)
    to watch what happens to some who have evil intent, which often choose to ignore good sense, and would rather bring harm upon themselves, as if a man should repeatedly bang his head into a brick wall, out of his own desires.

  9. If the leaders of the Arabs that live in Palestine and the Gaza and the Egypt and the Iran, etc. wanted peace they could have had it long ago. The common people of these nationalities and nations may want peace, but their leaders, both political and religious, do not want peace with Israel or the US…or even each other many times. The common citizens may be peace loving. The regimes and extremist factions are not. The UN is mostly political rhetoric to the extreme and it is about control and bringing the common man into subjection to the elite’s aspirations. The UN is not a peace maker. It is antichrist. There will be no true peace until Messiah returns.


  10. The peacemakers will live in the peace of God and his peace is something the world can not take away. It never gave it, and neither can it take it away.

  11. Dr. Brown; I listened to the Thursday show on Sunday afternoon (today) and heard Rabbi Schmuley ask if he were still being prayed for. And so I have and will continue to pray that he will come to know the love of Christ. I believe that he would very much like to be convinced… and that will be the one unmistakable proof.

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