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The CUFI Middle East Briefing

The CUFI Middle East Briefing

By The CUFI Middle East Briefing
CUFI’s Middle East Briefing, a project of Christians United for Israel, is a news and policy podcast dedicated to keeping Christian Zionists informed about important issues and events in the Middle East. Every other week, CUFI’s Middle East Briefing Host, Kasim Hafeez, sits down with a special guest to discuss the latest news and delve deeper into current issues pertinent to Israel and the US-Israel relationship.
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Not Afraid to Tell the Truth
In this episode, Kasim and Corina are joined by Joe Richards, a dynamic and engaging founder of several non-profits whose personal story tied to 9/11 reminds us of how important it is to never forget that tragic day. Plus, receive a biblical encouragement from CUFI on Campus Regional Coordinator, Cherith Runyon.
September 14, 2021
There’s Nothing Tolerant About the Taliban
In this episode, join Kasim and Corina as they talk to Kirby Calhoun, a 13-year army combat veteran who served a stint in Afghanistan, about recent events in the country. Plus, Randy Neal, CUFI’s National Outreach Director and Field Coordinator, shares a personal and powerful biblical encouragement
August 31, 2021
How Hezbollah is Destroying Lebanon by Attacking Israel
In this week’s episode, Kasim and Corina are joined by CUFI’s Senior Director of Policy and Communications, Ari Morgenstern, and Director of Public Policy and Strategy at the CUFI Action Fund, Boris Zilberman, to discuss Lebanon’s recent attack against Israel. Learn how terrorist army Hezbollah is ruining Lebanon in the pursuit of its goal of destroying Israel. Plus, hear an encouraging biblical message from CUFI Field Coordinator, Bobby Scott.
August 17, 2021
From a Long Line of Coalminers and Moonshiners: How a WV Delegate Supports Israel
In this episode, meet Delegate Kayla Kessinger, a dynamic and well-spoken woman of the Word with a passion for the United States and Israel. Hear her story and find out how God has uniquely positioned you to support Israel for such a time as this. Plus, hear a special biblical encouragement from CUFI's Josh Ahrens, Director of the Israel Collective.
August 3, 2021
The Future of the US-Israel Relationship
In this episode, Kasim and Corina interview Ambassador Michael Oren and delve into the US-Israel relationship, antisemitism, and more. And hear biblical encouragement from CUFI Field Coordinator Kirby Calhoun.
July 20, 2021
How an Iranian Jewish Woman Defends Israel As a Plastic Surgeon
In this episode, Kasim is joined by Dr. Sheila Nazarian. Born in New York to a Jewish family from Iran that wanted to obtain birthright citizenship for her in the U.S. due to Iran becoming an Islamic republic as a result of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Nazarian and her family returned to Iran and were not permitted to leave. When Nazarian was six, she and her family were smuggled out of Iran into Pakistan in a truck filled with corn, and, shortly thereafter, emigrated to the U.S. Tune in to hear their fascinating conversation and also to hear a special biblical encouragement from Dan Ostrem, Video Producer of the Israel Collective.
July 7, 2021
Life in Israel After the 2021 Gaza War Might Surprise You
In this episode, Kasim and Corina will sit down with Sandra Parker, Chairwoman of the CUFI Action Fund. Hear about CUFI's special solidarity mission to Israel with Ambassador Nikki Haley and the CUFI team's meeting with the Foreign Minister of the UAE. Get an update on CUFI's legislative efforts through the Action Fund--plus, hear a biblical encouragement from Raj Nair from the Israel Collective.
June 22, 2021
Pro-Israel Advocacy Tips from a Social Media Guru
In this episode, Kasim and Corina ask social media guru Zina Rakhamilova for tips about how to be an effective pro-Israel advocate online and combat antisemitism on social media. Plus, hear a special biblical  encouragement from CUFI's National Outreach Director, Randy Neal.
June 10, 2021
Israel Under Attack from Hamas and the Media
In this episode, Kasim and his new co-host Corina have a heartfelt conversation with Daniel Pomerantz, CEO of Honest Reporting, about life in Israel during the recent Gaza-Israel conflict, Operation Guardian of the Walls. Hear directly from Jerusalem how difficult life under fire has been for our friends in Israel, especially in light of biased and false media coverage, and be encouraged by a special devotional by CUFI's Donor Development Director, Hope Hernandez.
May 26, 2021
Just Speak Up: Combating Antisemitism on Campus in Canada
In this episode, Kasim and Corina are joined by Daniel Koren, Executive Director of Hasbara Fellowship Canada. Learn about the unique challenges for the Canadian Jewish and pro-Israel communities on college campuses as well as how covid-19 has contributed to a spike in antisemitism in the past year. Plus, hear special biblical encouragement from the Israel Collective's Outreach Coordinator, Sammy Lopez.
May 14, 2021
Unity and Diversity in Polarizing Times
In this episode, Kasim is joined by writer, activist, and founder of Indians 4 Israel, Vijeta Unyal. Listen in on a fascinating discussion about India-Israel relations as well as biblical encouragement for how you unite with others to stand with Israel.
April 28, 2021
Standing Up to Injustice on the International Stage
In this episode, Kasim speaks candidly with Anne Herzberg, NGO Monitor's Legal Advisor and United Nations Representative, about the International Criminal Court's recent decision to investigate Israel for alleged war crimes against Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem since 2014 despite not having any jurisdiction over Israel. Tune in to understand this development and its ramifications, if any, for Israel.
April 15, 2021
Combating COVID: Israel Leads the Way
The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have adversely affected everyone. As he sits down with Kasim, learn from Magen David Adom's Uriel Goldberg how Israel has combatted the virus, protected all its citizens, and rolled out a world-leading vaccination program. Magen David Adom is Israel's national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service which has headed up the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Jewish state. Plus, hear a special biblical encouragement about leadership from CUFI on Campus Regional Coordinator Justin Pizzulli.
March 31, 2021
God's Purposes for Our Problems
In this episode, Kasim sits down with British-Israeli analyst, writer, and journalist of Middle Eastern affairs, Jonathan Spyer, and the two discuss Iran and its proxies. Learn how Iran exercises its malevolent influence across the region and how a US-Iran Deal could reshape the Middle East and harm our ally, Israel. And don't miss a special biblical encouragement from one of CUFI on Campus's Regional Field Coordinators, Cherith Runyon.
March 17, 2021
Does the Land of Israel Really Belong to the Jewish People?
In this episode, Kasim is joined by the lively and engaging Ze'ev Orenstein, Director of International Affairs at the City of David Project. They discuss the Jewish people's rich history in the Land of Israel and explore exciting archaeological discoveries that provide irrefutable proof of the continuous presence of the Jewish people in their ancestral homeland for thousands of years. Listen in to hear about groundbreaking new finds and be transported to the Land of Israel where Jewish patriarchs prayed, their prophets proclaimed God's word, and their kings reigned. Plus, hear an encouraging word from Pastor Scott Thomas, member of CUFI's Executive Board, CUFI FL State Director, and Pastor of Free Life Chapel in Lakeland, FL.
March 3, 2021
Love Thy Neighbor
In this episode, prepare to be astounded by special guest Lt. Col. Eyal Dror (IDF Res.), the founder and commander of Israel’s 2016 Operation Good Neighbor, a humanitarian aid project that helped thousands of needy Syrians—although Syria is technically an enemy state. You'll be inspired by Israel's compassion and the impact it had upon Syrian men, women, and children to love your neighbor whoever they may be.
February 3, 2021
How Can You Make the Biggest Impact for Israel?
In this episode, CUFI’s Communications Associate Corina Cater steps in for your usual host, Kasim Hafeez, while he is out saving the world. She sits down with special guest Shari Dollinger, CUFI’s Co-Executive Director. Hear directly from one of CUFI’s premier fearless leaders, a Jewish wife and mother, why CUFI is a vital part of the pro-Israel tapestry. Find out what CUFI has planned for 2021 and how you can get more involved in supporting Israel and the Jewish people.
January 6, 2021
On Mission for Israel
In this episode, join your host Kasim Hafeez and special guest Michal Cotler-Wunsh as they discuss BDS, online anti-Semitism, and Cotler-Wunsh’s incredible work as a Member of the Israeli Knesset. Israel is engaged in a war for its very legitimacy, and Cotler-Wunsh views her role as a member of Israel's parliament as a mission to defend Israel on the world’s stage. Learn from this lively conversation how you can better make an impact for Israel for such a time as this.
December 23, 2020
Connecting with Your Identity and Making an Impact
On this week's episode of the CUFI Middle East Briefing, Kasim sits down with Michelle Rojas-Tal, Central Shlicha to Hillel International and Director of the Jewish Agency Israel Fellows program. Through directing the Jewish Agency Israel Fellows program, Michelle helps to support Jewish college students in today's hostile and challenging environment by encouraging a dynamic and engaging Israeli presence on college campuses. As the daughter of a Jewish mother and a Hispanic father, Michelle grew up in a unique environment and had very little connection to the Jewish world during her childhood. During her junior year of high school, the tragic event of September 11th led to a domino effect that took her eventually to Israel. Over the following years, she began devoting her life to Israel and the Jewish people.
December 9, 2020
Uncovering Israel with The Watchman
This week on CUFI's Middle East Briefing, Kasim and Erick Stakelbeck, host of CUFI's hit show The Watchman, take a behind-the-scenes look at one of TBN's premier shows. They discuss why a show likeThe Watchman is so necessary for Christian Zionists and what's next for the show in 2021. Join Kasim and Erick for a fun conversation focused on the hope for better things ahead in the midst of trying times.
November 25, 2020
The Right Person at the Right Time
In this episode, Kasim is joined by Aviva Klompas, former speechwriter for Israel at the United Nations (UN). In a lively discussion, the two discuss Aviva's exciting work during her tenure as speechwriter, her insights into the blatant anti-Israel bias at the UN, and her thoughts about the changing tides in the Middle East and the future of the UN in light of recent normalizations between Arab countries and Israel.
November 11, 2020
Turkey Must Be Stopped
In this episode, Kasim sits down with Seth Frantzman—Middle East security analyst, frequent writer on current events and politics, and published author—and they discuss Erdogan’s Turkey. As this NATO ally becomes increasingly anti-Western and anti-Israel, supporting terror and threatening both America and her allies, Kasim and Seth discuss whether it is time for the US to confront Ankara for its belligerency and the potential implications of such a fallout from this decades-long relationship.
October 28, 2020
Peace is on the March
In this episode, Kasim asks Dr. Jonathan Schanzer in-depth questions on recent developments in Arab-Israeli normalizations. Dr. Schanzer, senior vice president for research for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and former terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, gives insightful answers and advises listeners on what to look out for in the context of peace between Israel and other Arab countries in the coming months and years.
October 13, 2020
Combating Anti-Semitism with Pastor John Hagee
Join the CUFI Middle East Briefing for our first episode as our host and CUFI's Middle East Analyst, Kasim Hafeez, speaks with CUFI Founder and Chairman Pastor John Hagee about the importance of combating anti-Semitism. 
September 29, 2020
Introducing the CUFI Middle East Briefing
CUFI’s Middle East Briefing, a project of Christians United for Israel, is a news and policy podcast dedicated to keeping you informed about important issues and events in the Middle East. Every other week, CUFI’s Middle East Briefing Host, Kasim Hafeez, will sit down with a special guest to discuss the latest news and delve deeper into issues pertinent to Israel and the broader Middle East.
September 29, 2020