Rachelle and I just returned from leading another wonderful tour to Israel (April 26 – May 5, 2023).

The pictures represent some of the places and sites we visited during our eight-day tour of Israel.

I come back, though, with a heavy heart over the future of Israel and peace in the Middle East.

News reports from Israel reveal the Israeli Defense Minister believes Iran has the capability to build five nuclear weapons. The Nuclear Treaties the U.S. signed with Iran to limit plutonium production have been canceled by the current U.S. administration, and Iran is moving at a rapid pace to become a nuclear powerhouse in the Middle East.

Nuclear weapons in the hands of Iran are an existential threat to Israel. The Shia Islamic government who rule the beautiful Persian people with an iron fist has promised to “blow Israel into the sea.”

Israel will not give them the chance.

For the first time in nearly 30 years of leading tours in Israel, my friends who have held positions of authority in the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) told me that Israel has an 80% likelihood of taking the initiative and attacking Iran first. They have to take the first strike or it will be too late after the nuclear bomb is in production.

The trouble is this “first strike possibility in 2023” may be the match that lights a wider regional or world war.

Israel has no idea if the United States will back Israel during its existential crisis.

Here’s hoping the U.S. government will defend Israel.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.