Jesus Christ is "The Prince of Peace." He taught us that if someone strikes us not to retaliate. But what does the rest of the Bible add to this issue? Can we be peace-loving people and still act in self defense? Is there such a thing as a "just war," as philosophers and theologians have defined it? This is not an easy subject, but it is one each Christian should study and prayerfully decide. We will offer helpful news and commentary from various sources in the days ahead.

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In Nobel Speech, Obama Argues Policies Conform to 'Just War' Theory

Dec. 11, 2009 - At his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, President Obama said that the Afghanistan war conforms to the ancient philosophy of a "just war."
Augustine, a prolific fourth-century philosopher, is frequently cited as the father of just war theory, although the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy says its roots are a bit more convoluted.
Source: U.S. News and World Report

In a Surprise, Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Oct. 9, 2009 - Less than two weeks after taking office, President Obama was nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Even more surprising, he has been named the winner of the prize.
President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," the Norwegian Nobel Committee said, citing his outreach to the Muslim world and attempts to curb nuclear proliferation.
Source: TIME
Why Winning the Nobel Peace Prize Could Hurt Obama - Time
Peace Prize When There Is No Peace - Ron's Blog
President Barack Obama Receives Nobel Peace Prize - Voice of America
Arab Reaction Overwhelmingly Positive to Obama Nobel Prize - Voice of America

71 senators ask Obama to pressure Arab states

Aug. 11, 2009 - Seventy-one Democratic and Republican Senators signed a letter to US President Barack Obama, asking him to ...
... encourage and pressure Arab states to consider "dramatic gestures" toward Israel in order to show their commitment to peace with the Jewish state.
They would like to see other Arab leaders emulate the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in his historic visit to Jerusalem in 1977.

In the letter they mentioned that Prime Minister Netanyahu has publicly expressed support for the two-state solution and called for the immediate resumption of peace negotiations.

Source: YNet
Text of the Senate letter
Fatah: New leaders declare 'revolution' - YNet
Israeli FM: Mideast Peace Not in Foreseeable Future - Voice of America

US-Israeli talks make 'progress'

July 28, 2009 - US Middle East envoy George Mitchell met with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss how to revive the regional peace process. They claimed to have made "good progress," but no details were given.
There was no mention of Israel agreeing to halt settlement construction, a key demand the US has made of its ally. Mr Netanyahu has previously rejected such a freeze, saying "natural growth" of settlements must be allowed.
Source: BBC

US officials praise Netanyahu moves

July 18, 2009 - White House and State Department officials told The Jerusalem Post that they were pleased by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's actions that have eased life for Palestinians. His programs have lifted checkpoints in the West Bank and improved economic and living conditions among Palestinians.
The remarks came the same day that the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, penned an opinion piece in The Washington Post calling on Arab countries to reach out to Israel.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Netanyahu Calls for 'Two States for Two Peoples'

July 7, 2009 - On his 100th day in office, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that said the greatest achievement of his government, so far, is the agreement on the issue of Palestinian statehood. Voice of America reported:
Under pressure from the United States, Israel's hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used this formula on Palestinian statehood for the first time... "two states for two peoples."
Source: Voice of America

Obama, Putin Mend Fences, Cut Nuclear Arsenals

July 7, 2009 - A day after signing arms reduction treaty with Russian President Medvedev, President Obama met with Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The new treaty will reduce the American and Russian nuclear arsenals by one-third.
Together, the two countries control more than 90 percent of the world's nuclear weapons.
Source: CBN

Netanyahu accepts limited Palestinian state

June 15, 2009 - Apparently giving in to pressure by President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Sunday agreed that the creation of a limited Palestinian state could be considered, but it would have to be disarmed. He said:
"If we get this guarantee for demilitarization and necessary security arrangements for Israel, and if the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people, we will be willing in a real peace agreement to reach a solution ..."
Source: My Way
Netanyahu Backs Creation Of Palestinian State - YNetNews

Netanyahu: Peace talks can begin before PA recognizes Israel as Jewish

Apr. 21, 2009 - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he is willing to begin negotiations with the Palestinians without demanding they first recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
However, the sources added that Netanyahu would condition future developments for a peace settlement on this demand.
Source: Haaretz

Netanyahu to be 'partner for peace'

Apr. 8, 2009 - Israel's prime minister-designate said that his government will be "partner for peace" with the Palestinians.
"This means I will negotiate with the Palestinian Authority for peace," he said."I think that the Palestinians should understand that they have in our government a partner for peace, for security and for rapid economic development of the Palestinian economy."
Source: Good News Daily

Religious people less anxious, brain activity shows

Mar. 17, 2009 - A new study shows that religious people can handle their mistakes better than non-believers. They are less prone to second-guess their decisions.
"Religion offers an interpretative framework to understand the world. It lets you know when to act, how to act, and what to do in specific situation," says Michael Inzlicht, a neuroscientist at the University of Toronto, Scarborough, who led the new study.
Source: New Scientist
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