“The Jerusalem Assassin” book tour was scuttled. I’m now back in Jerusalem in quarantine for 14 days. Here’s what that really means and what I’m doing with my time.

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Mar 242020
 

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(Jerusalem, Israel) — The Israeli Foreign Ministry is urging all Israelis to come home ASAP or risk all flights being canceled and the doors to the country being closed indefinitely.

So, after several weeks in the States, I flew back to Israel and arrived Sunday afternoon. Thanks so much to the amazing pilots and crew of United Airlines who got us back safe & sound!

Obviously, The Jerusalem Assassin book tour had to be scrapped. (That said, I do hope you’ll buy, read and post your review of my new novel. You can download the e-book reader on a Kindle, Nook or iPad, or download the audio version directly to your phone.)

Now that I’m home, I’ve had to enter a 14-day quarantine period. I thought that meant just staying home in our apartment here in Jerusalem with my family. Didn’t sound so bad. My wife, Lynn, however, informed me just before I got back on the plane what was actually in store for me.

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She said that she and one of our sons would drive both of our cars to the airport. They would leave the keys to my car on the front seat and wave to me from the other car. I would not be allowed to hug them, or kiss them. Then, wearing a protective mask and plastic gloves, I would follow them back up to Jerusalem.

When we got home, I would have to proceed directly through our apartment without stopping, heading straight for the master bedroom, and locking myself in for 14 straight days. Lynn said she had cleared out all of her things from our room, and was moving into our guest room. She was giving me the master bedroom since it’s the only one in our small apartment that has an adjoining bathroom.

Every day, she or our sons set meals and bottles of water, and occasional mugs of coffee outside my door. They knock and back away. I can open my door just enough to get the food and drinks, then quickly shut it again. Crazy, but true. Here’s a photo of me goofing around with my family, they in the backyard of our garden-level flat, and me looking through the barred-window of our bedroom.

I’ve just begun Day #3, so I’ve got a long ways to go. Still, I’m very grateful to the Lord and my family for taking care of me. So far, I’m healthy and peaceful. I can study the Bible and pray for so many family, friends, leaders and all of you. I’m doing radio and print interviews by phone and Skype, doing conference calls and Zoom meetings, posting on social media and keeping track of the latest news. Not terrible.

And while I’m deeply grateful for your prayers, please pray especially for all the Israelis and Palestinians who are elderly and infirm, poor, shut-ins, single parents, and even single young people who have little or no human contact these days, have lost their jobs or are about to, and are growing worried about their future.

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By God’s grace, The Joshua Fundministry that Lynn and I founded in 2006 is delivering food, other practical supplies and encouragement to thousands of such people in Israel and the West Bank — and this work is more important than ever.

Unemployment here has shot up from 4% to nearly 20% in just a matter of weeks. About 500,000 people have applied for unemployment benefits just in March. The number of corona cases has shot past 1,600. Two Israelis have now died. And just like in many countries, anxiety — even fear — is mounting. These are the folks who really need our love, prayers and practical assistance.

May the Lord keep you and your family healthy and safe. In the meantime, I’ll do my best to keep you posted on the latest news and trends via this blog, Twitter and Instagram. Let’s pray this is all over soon.

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““But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.””

Are the Saudis getting ready to make peace with Israel? Here’s what I’m telling reporters as they interview me about #TheJerusalemAssassin.

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Mar 182020
 

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(West Palm Beach, Florida) — As you might have guessed, the book tour has unraveled. I was supposed to speak in Florida tonight and tomorrow but all events have, of course, been canceled.

That said, I’m doing TV and radio interviews about The Jerusalem Assassin, as well as about the coronavirus pandemic and its implications for the US, Israel and the Mideast.

A central theme of the novel: Are the leaders of Saudi Arabia getting ready to make peace with Israel, and if so, what might that peace process look like, and what new dangers might that set into motion?

Here are links to a few of the interviews. I hope you’ll take a look to get my answers. Then, as you read the book, please post your reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, GoodReads, other book sites and all social media. Would love to hear your thoughts — and please keep spreading the word about the book. Thanks so much, and I pray that you and your family stay healthy and safe.

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It’s Launch Day — and a former CIA Director says, “The Jerusalem Assassin is Rosenberg’s best thriller yet!” Get yours today and please let me know what you think. (Also, here’s a book tour update.

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Mar 172020
 

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(Virginia Beach, D.C.) — The Jerusalem Assassin is finally available in hardcover, e-book and audio formats. Please order your copy today online or go to your favorite bookstore!

Also, I’m thrilled to share with you this new endorsement:

“THE JERUSALEM ASSASSIN is Rosenberg’s best thriller yet! Once I started, I couldn’t quit. The way he weaves together highly creative fiction with underlying facts and faith produces dramatic credibility and a rapid pace. The story really gallops across today’s Mideast landscape to stunning finish. A standout winner!” — Porter Goss, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

When I first started writing political thrillers nearly twenty years ago, I never would have imagined a former CIA director reading — much less endorsing — my work. I’m deeply grateful to Porter and hope you enjoy the new book as much as he did.

BOOK TOUR UPDATE: I’m at the CBN News headquarters here in Virginia Beach to appear on a number of programs, including “The 700 Club.” At this point, I’m still planning to speak in Ft. Myers, Florida on Wednesday night, which will be webcast and broadcast on statewide Florida television. Some events on the tour have been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis. Other events are being changed into other webcasts. I’ll also be doing radio, TV, print and online interviews. For all the latest updates, please follow me on Twitter. Thanks, and please stay healthy and safe!

 

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