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Eye to Eye Update: Massive tornadoes hit the heart of Dallas and Nashville in four months; two well-known Christian cities

By Bill Koenig 

Observing the devastation of Dallas (Oct 24, 2019) and Nashville’s (March 2) massive tornadoes it is hard to comprehend why these cities.

There are many “God fearing” Christians in both cities, and the headquarters of many national and international ministries and numerous Christian schools and universities.

A massive tornado hit Nashville and suburbs Tuesday at 2 am CST. It was a few hours after U.S. Ambassador David Friedman’s afternoon speech to AIPAC on the Trump “deal of the century” plan in Israel. Friedman was preceded earlier in the day by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s AIPAC speeches. Click here for the AIPAC Transcripts

The following are details about the two tornado strikes.


CNN reported the tornadoes that tore through northern Texas on Sunday, October 24 will be the costliest tornado outbreak in Texas history, according to the Insurance Council of Texas.

That historic bill is expected to be about $2 billion for the damage caused by the outbreak of at least nine tornadoes in northern Texas, council spokeswoman Camille Garcia told CNN.

The JCC (Jewish Community Center) sustained tornado damage, as well as the Federation building.

Completely leveled North Haven Gardens, which is next to JCC and is owned by the Pinkus family. … Lillian Pinkus is the former national president of AIPAC and now the chairman of the board of directors of AIPAC.

The United States-based AIPAC is a major promoter of the two-state plan in Israel. It is extremely rare for a tornado to strike in the heart of a major city. This tornado’s diagonal line (from southwest to northeast) just missed George W. Bush’s house. The tornado line just missed my previous home’s street by one and a half mile.


This week one of the main themes of AIPAC’s annual policy conference attended by 18,000 (March 1-3) was Trump’s “deal of the century.” It began with Netanyahu’s strong endorsement of the plan on Sunday and was followed by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman’s AIPAC address. The big news of the week was the coronavirus worries and the devastation to the US financial markets, the AIPAC Policy Conference and the massive Nashville (and area) tornado.

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) have their annual convention at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center; it has been the location for most years. The 2020 NRB was in Nashville, Feb. 25 - 28. 

Nashville and the state of Tennessee are major supporters of Israel and a city of many churches and Christians.

At least 48 structures collapsed around Nashville, according to the Nashville Fire Department. More than two dozen buildings and business were destroyed or damaged in the 2:00 am CST time frame Tuesday morning. In East Nashville, Main Street was closed following the storm and covered in half-fallen trees and other debris.

Tornadoes’ path and photos - USA Today

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