Biweekly conversations with experts on Israel and the Middle East

hosted by CUFI’s Middle East Analyst Kasim Hafeez

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.

As the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States, with over 9 million members, Christians United for Israel (CUFI) is the foremost Christian organization educating and empowering millions of Americans to speak and act with one voice in defense of Israel and the Jewish people. CUFI is committed to confronting indifference and combating anti-Semitism in all its forms wherever it may be found.

Episodes

 

How Can You Make the Biggest Impact for Israel?

Date released: 1-06-2021

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.

 


 

On Mission for Israel

Date released: 12-23-2020

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.

 


 

Connecting with Your Identity and Making an Impact

Date released: 12-09-2020

On the latest 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.

 


 

Uncovering Israel with The Watchman

Date released: 11-25-2020

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 like The 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.

 


 

The Right Person at the Right Time

Date released: 11-11-2020

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.

 


 

Turkey Must Be Stopped

Date released: 10-28-2020

In this episode, Kasim sits down with Seth J. 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.

 


 

Peace is on the March

Date released: 10-13-2020

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.

 


 

Combating Anti-Semitism with Pastor John Hagee

Date released: 9-29-2020

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.

 


 

Introduction to CUFI’s Middle East Briefing

Date released: 9-29-2020

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.

 


 

Meet Your Host

Kasim Hafeez

Kasim Hafeez is a British citizen of Pakistani Muslim heritage who grew up being exposed to radical anti-Western, anti-Semitic, and anti-Israel ideas daily. During his teenage years, Kasim embraced a radical Islamist ideology and became very active in the anti-Israel movement. Thankfully, Alan Dershowitz’s book The Case for Israel challenged Kasim’s fundamental beliefs and caused him to undertake a period of research and reflection that led him to Israel in 2007. Witnessing the true nature of the Jewish state changed Kasim’s perception of Israel. He felt a moral obligation to publicly speak out for Israel and the dangers of radical Islam. He has spoken all over the world including the 2013 Global Forum on Combatting Anti-Semitism and before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Kasim has appeared on radio, television, and in print media. Kasim also appears alongside Holocaust survivor Irving Roth in CUFI’s forthcoming full-length feature documentary Never Again?. To learn more, visit neveragainthemovie.com.

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