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Watch Jerusalem

Watch Jerusalem brings you news and archaeology from a Biblical perspective. Host Brent Nagtegaal is on location at Jerusalem to give you the most important developments happening on the ground—and emerging from beneath it. Brent Nagtegaal is a contributor for WatchJerusalem.co.il contributor living in Jerusalem.


Last week, several statements from the United States Administration declared that its policy toward Iran was under review. After eight years of cozying up to Iran by the Obama administration, a hardened policy that acknowledges Tehran’s role as the leading cause of Middle East instability is a refreshing change. However, will the United States be able to limit and roll back Iran’s gains across the region? On today’s show, Host Brent Nagtegaal, argues that even with the policy change, Mr. Trump will not be able to halt Iran’s rise.

In response to the Palm Sunday’s attacks on Egypt’s Coptic Christians, Mathieu Bock-Côté asked in La Figaro whether the issue of Middle Eastern Christians would wake up European civilization to its core identity. On Today’s program, Host Brent Nagtegaal looks at the attack on the Copts in light of the mass migration of Christians out of the Middle East and asks whether we have reached a tipping point where Europe will finally come to their defense.

Russia has become the first country in the world to recognize any part of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. A statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry released on Thursday reads, “We reaffirm our commitment to the UN-approved principles for a Palestinian-Israeli settlement, which include the status of east Jerusalem as the capital of the future Palestinian state. At the same time, we must state that in this context we view west Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.” While many Israelis see the move as a positive one, on today’s program, host Brent Nagtegaal argues that Russia recognition of West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a dangerous precedent.

This week former United States Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro wrote a piece for Bloomberg View entitled, “All signals point once again to war in Gaza.” On today’s program, Middle East correspondent Brent Nagtegaal takes Shapiro’s article and looks at both the Lebanese front and the Syrian Golan Heights as other looming hotspots. He argues that Israel is being besieged by ever increasing threats surrounding the nation.

They were ancient Israel’s eastern neighbors, dwelling in the plains of Jordan. At times their oppressors, and at other times subservient to the Israelites, these people were connected on a very physical level with the Israelites, sharing a common ancestor—Abraham’s father, Terah. They were the Moabites. On today’s program, Watch Jerusalem archaeology writer Christopher Eames discusses the history of Moabites as well as one of the most important discoveries in Biblical archaeology – the Mesha Stele.

Despite United State’s President Trump’s pro-Israel rhetoric, he looks to be following in the failures of previous administrations by pushing a peace deal between Israel and the PLO. On today’s program Jerusalem host Brent Nagtegaal discusses last week’s visit to Israel by Mr. Trump’s negotiator in light of a biblical prophecy that condemns this latest push for peace.

A Yemeni Coast Guard vessel exploded on Friday, hitting a naval mine planted in the Bab el-Mandab Strait by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia. The placing of mines in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait is the latest in a host of signs that Iran is implementing a strategy to control shipping through this critical sea lane. On today’s program, Brent Nagtegaal discusses Iran’s game changing moves in the strait and how it fits into Bible Prophecy.

Who are the modern descendants of the ancient Israelites? History confirms this ancient people did exist and lived in area known as Israel today. Today, the state of Israel lives again, but are the Jews in the Middle East the Israelites? On today’s show, host Brent Nagtegaal looks into that question. He also reports on the discovery of an ancient Assyrian Palace uncovered by the Islamic State.

Critics claim that Daniel’s book is like a historical novel. Is Daniel simply a work of fiction? On today’s program host Brent Nagtegaal looks at the question of Daniel’s authenticity as the most simple way to either prove or disprove the Bible’s authority.

On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with United States President Donald Trump at the White House for the first time. Mr. Netanyahu was all almost giddy with excitement at the favor he seems to be receiving from Mr. Trump. And yet, as host Brent Nagtegaal covers in this program, there are many reasons to believe the Israel-American alliance will fray further under a Trump administration.