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Syrian Fighter Jet Shot Down in Israeli Airspace

iitnEarlier this week, a Syrian fighter jet strayed into Israeli airspace and was shot down. Israeli intelligence suspected it was attacking Syrian rebels near the Golan Heights region. Israel has made it very clear that it will not accept any violation of its borders.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• The U.S. and five Arab countries launched a first round of airstrikes against key ISIS targets in eastern Syria.
• The Hamas operatives suspected of kidnapping and murdering three Israeli teens were found and killed in a firefight with Israeli military.
• Israeli scientists have linked the use of artificial sweeteners to developing diabetes.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein with thoughts on the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Israeli Hospitals Treat War-injured Syrians

iitnThe ongoing civil war in Syria has spilled into Israel in more ways than one. Hospitals in northern Israel are now treating injured civilians who have fled the fighting. One 12-year-old boy arrived at the Israeli-Syrian border in serious condition resulting from a mortar shell that exploded near his home on the outskirts of Damascus.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• In the U.S., President Obama is proposing to fight the growing threat of ISIS by arming and training the Free Syrian Army.
• However, in the fight against ISIS, President Obama is not planning to include Iran in the broad coalition of allies to fight this terrorist group.
• Lawmakers in Ukraine are distancing themselves from Russia by approving a trade deal with the European Union.
• A stray mortar shell launched from Gaza landed harmlessly near Israel’s southern border this week — the first mortar launched since a ceasefire was reached with Hamas in late August.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas with his thoughts on this most recent incident.

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 4:45 PM  | Stand for Israel

Obama Proposes “Broader Coalition” to Counter ISIS Threat

iitnOn Wednesday, President Obama presented his plans on forming a broad coalition with U.S. allies to dismantle the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL). Israel is not part of the coalition yet, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to meet with the President in Washington after the High Holy Days.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

· U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has traveled to the Middle East to discuss the threat from ISIS with leaders there.
· A hostage who was held with Steven Sotloff, the American-Israeli journalist killed last week by ISIS, has identified one of his captors as Mehdi Nemmouche, the man accused of killing four in the Brussels Jewish museum shooting last May.
· In Ukraine, the ceasefire is holding as Russia removes troops from the country. Ukraine’s president is optimistic that the country can move forward.
· Thursday marked the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and Israel was among the many nations honoring the victims killed in those multiple attacks.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yael Eckstein on the lingering scars of the recent war with Hamas.

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Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 8:14 AM  | Stand for Israel

Second U.S. Journalist Beheaded by ISIS

iitnEarlier this week, the terrorist group ISIS released footage showing the beheading of a second U.S. journalist. Steven Sotloff, a Jewish native of Miami, FL, and grandson of Holocaust survivors, was also a dual citizen of Israel.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

· Syrian rebels have encroached in the Golan Heights on Israel’s border with Syria, wounding one Israeli soldier in the crossfire.
· President Obama was in Estonia this week, pledging to stand with the Baltic nations against the threat of Vladimir Putin’s Russian forces.
· No suspects have been found in the August 9 murder of a Florida rabbi, which is now being investigated as a hate crime.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas on the aftermath of the recent conflict with Hamas.

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Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Long-term Ceasefire Deal Reached; Hamas Claims “Victory”

iitnOn the 50th day of Operation Protective Edge — Israel’s campaign to destroy Hamas’ terrorist infrastructure — a long-term ceasefire deal was reached between the Israelis and Palestinians. Hamas claimed “victory,” although Israel finds that hard to believe after it destroyed Hamas’ terrorist tunnels and reduced its rocket arsenal from 10,000 to about 2,000.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• This is the 12th ceasefire proposal — Hamas either violated or rejected the other 11 — but observers say this one is likely to hold.
• Israelis near the Syrian border were evacuated as Islamic radical fighters overtook the U.N.-controlled border crossing.
• Ukrainian officials broke off peace talks with Russia as 1,000 heavily armed Russian troops are in Ukraine, aiding the rebel cause.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein with his thoughts on the tragic death of four-year-old Daniel Tragerman.

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Thursday, August 28th, 2014 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Hamas Violates Another Truce; Fighting Resumes

iitnEarlier this week Hamas violated yet another ceasefire, firing at least 50 rockets into Israel and prompting a swift response from the IDF. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recalled the Israeli delegation from peace talks in Cairo – it is Israel’s policy not to negotiate while being fired upon.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Israel refuses to give in to Hamas’ demands for an airport and seaport, citing security risks.
• In Ukraine, civilian casualties are growing as the fighting intensifies between government and pro-Russian rebel forces.
• President Obama, Prime Minister Netanyahu react to the brutal beheading of a U.S. journalist by ISIS.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas on the recent events in Israel.

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Thursday, August 21st, 2014 at 9:40 PM  | Stand for Israel

Ceasefire Extended in Gaza; Talks in Cairo Continue

iitnA five-day extension of the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas appears to be holding – despite several rockets being fired into Israel before the extension went through. Talks for a long-term ceasefire are still ongoing in Cairo.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• A Fox News poll shows that the majority of Americans supports Israel and feels the Obama administration isn’t supportive enough. This as relations between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu are deteriorating.
• The U.N. has accused both Israel and Hamas of human rights violations and is sending a delegation to investigate — a move that Israel calls a “travesty.”
• Russia has sent what it is calling an aid convoy to help civilians in Ukraine, but Ukrainian authorities remain skeptical of its purpose.
• Meanwhile, violence in Ukraine is on the rise with nearly a million refugees trying to flee from the eastern portion of the country.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Yechiel Eckstein on IFCJ’s efforts to help the embattled Jewish community in Ukraine.

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Thursday, August 14th, 2014 at 4:32 PM  | Stand for Israel

IDF Pulls Out of Gaza; Terror Tunnels Destroyed

iitnIsrael has pulled out its troops from Gaza after another tense truce was put into place earlier this week. This comes on the heels of another ceasefire last week that had collapsed only hours after it had begun. IDF officials reported that all terrorist tunnels leading into Israel have been destroyed.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Skies over Israel and Gaza were quiet for the first time in nearly a month, allowing citizens in Gaza to return home.
• At peace talks in Cairo, Israel has said that the only way to a lasting peace is demilitarization of Gaza — terms that Hamas is unlikely to accept.
• In Ukraine, The Fellowship is working to airlift hundreds of Ukrainian Jews from the area to Israel as pro-Russian rebels and Kiev military are poised for battle.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features Yael Eckstein, The Fellowship’s senior vice president, as she shares how The Fellowship is meeting the needs of those most impacted by the war.

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Thursday, August 7th, 2014 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Hamas Breaks Ceasefire

iitnLess than two hours into a three-day truce in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas, Israeli soldiers doing demolition work on one of Hamas’ cross-border tunnels were ambushed by terrorists. Two IDF soldiers were reportedly killed and a third captured in the attack.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• The IDF soldier, identified as 23-year-old Hadar Goldin, was kidnapped during the attack and dragged into the tunnel and back into Gaza.
• In response to Hamas’ attacks and breaking of the ceasefire agreement, Israel has responded militarily.
• Spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel honored the three-day ceasefire, which was designed to bring humanitarian relief to the people of Gaza.
• Hamas also broke the truce by firing rockets and mortars into Israel, prompting Israel to recommit itself to protecting her citizens.
• Meanwhile in the U.S. Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said there is no moral equivalency between Israel and Hamas.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Yechiel Eckstein, with information on a terror plot against Israel planned by Hamas for the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah.

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Friday, August 1st, 2014 at 2:43 PM  | Stand for Israel

Deal Reached for Mutual 72-hour Ceasefire in Gaza

iitnThe U.N. and the United States brokered a humanitarian 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. According to terms of the ceasefire, forces on the ground are to remain in place. The hope is that this temporary ceasefire will lead to a more lasting truce.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• With or without a ceasefire, the IDF said it won’t halt its ground operations in Gaza until the massive network of terror tunnels leading into Israel is destroyed.
• Meanwhile, Israel defended itself against accusations from the U.N. of committing war crimes.
• Previously, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought to involve Qatar in the peace negotiations, which Israeli leaders said was unacceptable.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on his eyewitness report from a recent visit to Israeli towns on the Gaza border.

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Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 10:25 PM  | Stand for Israel

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Rabbi's Commentary
To a Blessed and Sweet New Year

At Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), we look back on the past year and ahead to the year to come. I am grateful for and humbled by the generosity and kindness shown by The Fellowship’s friends, and ask that God will bless each of you in the coming days.


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