No history is so disputed as the history of Israel. Some see Israel's creation as a dramatic act of justice for the Jewish people. Others insist that it was a crime against Palestine's Arabs. Join us as we untangle the facts from the myths to reveal the truth about the Arab-Israeli conflict.
In 1965, our guest’s helicopter was shot down over North Vietnam. He was immediately captured and spent 7½ years confined in a filthy 5 x 7 cell at the notorious Hanoi prison camp. Thousands of miles from home and unable to communicate with his wife and children, he endured months of solitary confinement, suffocating heat, freezing cold, grueling physical and psychological torture, constant hunger, and unimaginable mental duress. And yet, time and again, the Light that darkness cannot overcome became his beacon of hope. Join us to hear the full story of his 2,703 days in captivity and what he learned about faith, hope, and the indomitable power of the human spirit.
David Brog is the director of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). Before CUFI, Brog worked in the United States Senate for seven years, rising to be chief of staff to Senator Arlen Specter and staff director of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He has also served as an executive at America Online and practiced corporate law in Tel Aviv, Israel and Philadelphia, PA. Brog is the author of Standing with Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State (2006), In Defense of Faith: the Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity (2010), and Reclaiming Israel's History: Roots, Rights, and the Struggle for Peace (2017). In 2007, the Forward newspaper listed Brog in its "Forward 50" most influential Jews in America. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
Captain Curtis was Senior Pilot of "Dutchy 41", a rescue helicopter participating in the SAR for ESSEX 04, an F-105D piloted by Captain Willis E. Forby, who was captured when his aircraft was hit by ground fire and crashed. After "Dutchy 41" crashed Captain Duane Martin (Pilot) evaded and made his way to Laos and was captured by the Pathet Lao. Captain Thomas Curtis and two enlisted crewman, Airman First Class William Robinson (Flight Mechanic), and Airman Third Class Arthur Black (Pararescueman) were captured after the crash and held in North Vietnam until they were repatriated on February 27, 1973, after seven years in captivity. All four members of the crew were awarded the Air Force Cross. Thomas Curtis retired as a U.S. Air Force Colonel on September 1, 1977, to pursue a second career teaching Spanish and World Geography in Texas Public Schools for 12 years.