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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

Operation Protective Edge Continues as U.N. Calls for Ceasefire

iitnOperation Protective Edge entered its third week with Hamas continuing to hide military assets in mosques, schools, and homes, causing hundreds of civilian casualties. Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council is considering a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire and for Israel to withdraw its forces from Gaza.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

  • Thousands of Israelis gathered this week to honor fallen IDF “Lone Soldiers,” who are among the more than 30 IDF soldiers killed in the conflict so far.
  • The U.N. Human Rights Council is calling for an investigation into alleged human rights violations committed by Israel — a move that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls “a travesty.”
  • Iran has the most to gain from Hamas’ improved weaponry, which is keeping Israel from focusing on its nuclear weapons program.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein, who is currently in the U.S. raising support for Israel. Yael shares her heart in this eyewitness account.

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Thursday, July 24th, 2014 at 3:58 PM  | Stand for Israel

Israel Forced to Launch Ground Incursion into Gaza

iitnOn Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces began a ground incursion of the Gaza Strip with a mission to destroy underground tunnels that reach into Israel. This comes after Hamas had rejected two proposed ceasefire agreements.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• In Gaza, the death toll rises as Hamas continues to use Palestinians as human shields.
• President Obama and other U.S. officials continue to express support for Israel and Operation Protective Edge.
• Meanwhile, the Israeli military campaign has sparked violent anti-Israel protests throughout the world.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on how The Fellowship is responding to the crisis in Israel through the generous support of Christians.

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Friday, July 18th, 2014 at 12:10 AM  | Stand for Israel

Terrorist Rocket Attacks Now Hitting Jerusalem, Tel Aviv

iitnSince July 7, more than 360 terrorist rockets from Gaza have been fired at Israel, with the threat expanding to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. This has been the heaviest terrorist assault on Israel since Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Israel’s sophisticated defense system, Iron Dome, is protecting citizens, who remain calm, but uneasy.
• The IDF has retaliated with a defensive military campaign called Operation Protective Edge, launching targeted airstrikes in Gaza.
• The U.S. State Department has affirmed Israel’s right to use military force to root out terrorists in Gaza.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein with an urgent plea for friends of Israel to pray for the country’s protection and an end to the senseless violence.

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Israel on High Alert as Rocket Attacks from Gaza Escalate

iitnWhile Israel is still reeling from the killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank, it is now dealing with an escalation in rocket attacks from Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has not decided on a large-scale retaliation yet, only striking at confirmed terrorist targets in Gaza.

Also this week in Israel in the News:
• The nation of Israel is in mourning as news broke earlier this week that the bodies of the three kidnapped Israeli teens were found in an open field in the West Bank.
• Tension and violence is building between Israel and Hamas in the wake of the teens’ deaths.
• Riots erupted in East Jerusalem after the body of an Arab youth was discovered. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly denounced the crime.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein with a somber call to continue praying for the families of the slain teens.

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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 at 2:03 PM  | Stand for Israel

Search for Missing Teens Continues As IDF Conducts Raids

iitnThe search for the three kidnapped Israeli students continued this week. The IDF also continued its raids on Hamas, with violent clashes erupting on Thursday between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians whose homes were searched. Israel blames Hamas for the kidnapping, which Hamas both praises and denies responsibility.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Violence in Syria spills over into Israel, prompting retaliation.
• The situation in Ukraine begins to cool as Kiev proposes a ceasefire.
• A large forest fire that threatened Jerusalem is now under control, though its source remains unknown.
• Israeli officials are watching the ISIS situation in Iraq with caution.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective discusses the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s unfair and unreasonable decision to divest itself from Israel.

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Thursday, June 26th, 2014 at 3:59 PM  | Stand for Israel
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Rabbi's Commentary
An Israeli Boy’s Dream of Peace

This weekend, I spent a wonderful day playing with some of my grandchildren – really, one of the most glorious days of my life. There is something about the innocence of children that reminds you that the most cherished and most beautiful moments of life are the simplest ones.


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