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5 Killed in Terror Attack in Jerusalem Synagogue

iitnFour morning worshipers and one police officer were killed in a brutal daytime attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem earlier this week. The attack was carried out by two Palestinian terrorists armed with an axe, knife, and pistols. Police said it was the bloodiest day in Jerusalem in years.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• President Obama at a press conference reacted strongly to the attacks, calling them a tragedy for both countries. Three of the five killed were Americans.
• On the same day the attack took place, a study was released showing that globally, terrorist attacks are sharply on the rise.
• Despite recent media reports of friction between the U.S. and Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said his country’s relationship with America is “very, very strong.”

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, on these recent terrorist attacks.

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Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Violence in Israel Escalates with More Car Attacks, Stabbings

iitnAs tensions continue over access to the holy sites in Jerusalem, terrorist attacks against Israelis are also escalating, with car attacks and stabbings on the rise. Earlier this week, two Israelis were stabbed to death by Palestinian terrorists in separate attacks.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Responding to these attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has accused Palestinian President Abbas of helping to incite the violence.
• During a recent international summit in China, President Obama and Russian President Putin discussed the crisis in Ukraine with little progress.
• Israeli surgeons perform groundbreaking brain surgery that could benefit many.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, on Israel’s latest terror threat – the so-called “car intifada.”

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

1 Killed in Hamas Terrorist “Car Attacks”

iitnAn Israeli police officer was killed this week in the second of a series of Hamas terrorist “car attacks” in Jerusalem. A third attack in which a car slammed into several IDF soldiers on the West Bank is under investigation as to whether it was actually an accident.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• An assassination attempt on Israeli activist Yehuda Glick last week has sparked numerous protests on the West Bank and the Temple Mount. Glick is calling for Temple Mount access for Jews.
• After Israeli police shot and killed the suspect in the Glick assassination attempt, Palestinian protestors clashed with police over the Temple Mount access issue throughout the week.
• In the aftermath of reports on deteriorating relations between Israel and the U.S., Obama administration officials insisted this week that the relationship is strong.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas on why young Palestinian men may find a life of terrorism attractive.

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

U.S.-Israel Relations Called a “Crisis That Must Be Fixed”

iitnWhile the U.S. has historically been Israel’s closest ally, the Israeli press is reporting that the relationship has soured in recent weeks — enough so that Israel’s finance minister is calling it a “crisis that must be fixed.” The rift is growing wider as U.S. officials are denouncing Israel’s plans to expand construction in East Jerusalem.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• After recent attacks in Canada and the U.S., there is a growing concern among both governments of “lone wolf terrorists” who already live in their countries.
• Pro-Russian rebels plan their own elections after Ukrainian citizens elected a pro-Western parliament.
• An Israeli citizen was killed fighting alongside ISIS in Iraq.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas on the Palestinian Authority’s recent law banning sale and rental of property to its enemies.

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Two Dead in Canada from Attacks by Islamic Radicals

iitnTwo Canadians were killed this week in two separate attacks by Islamic radicals. In the latest incident, a guard was shot dead during a shooting spree at Canada’s National War Memorial and Parliament building. Earlier in the week, a soldier was killed in a deliberate hit-and-run. Both attackers were known affiliates of extreme Islam.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• In Jerusalem, an infant girl was killed and several others were injured when a Palestinian man with ties to Hamas drove his car into a train station. Officials are calling it a terrorist attack.
• Two IDF soldiers were wounded in the Sinai Peninsula after anti-tank missile and gunshots were fired by attackers from Egypt.
• The newly elected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko met last week with Russian officials during a diplomatic summit in Italy. Talks focused on a more solid peace pact.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein with thoughts on Israel’s unflinching kindness.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 7:49 PM  | Stand for Israel

British Parliament Votes to Recognize “Palestine” in Symbolic Vote

iitnThe British House of Commons voted in a landslide to formally recognize the state of Palestine in hopes that it will encourage a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians. Israel, however, has maintained that such a move “actually undermines the chances to reach a real peace.”

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• While the international community has pledged billions to rebuild Gaza, Israel remains wary of how the money will ultimately be used.
• The U.S. and other nations are refusing to acknowledge any independence referendum by pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
• The U.S. and its coalition partners continue the airstrike campaign against ISIS, yet the terrorist group continues its advances in Syria and Turkey.
• While President Obama says that the airstrikes are working, others are calling for more action on the part of the U.S. against ISIS.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas with reflections on Simchat Torah, a celebration of the gift of God’s Word to His people.

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Says ISIS Must Be Defeated

iitnIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking on CBS’s Face the Nation, said ISIS must be defeated because its ultimate goal is to try and dominate the world. However, Netanyahu also said that Iran is an even bigger danger than ISIS because of its nuclear ambitions and oil money.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• A deadly explosion occurred at Iran’s secretive Parchin military base just outside of Tehran this week. Two workers on the base were killed.
• At a meeting of airport security, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Homeland Security gave a stark assessment of the most pressing global terror threats.
• An attack by the terrorist group, Hezbollah, on Lebanon’s southern border with Israel wounded two Israeli soldiers.
• U.S. and European Union are hopeful that sanctions imposed on Russia in response to the crisis in Ukraine will cause them to withdraw from the conflict.
• E.U. officials threaten penalties against Israel over construction in East Jerusalem.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas with reflections on the Jewish holiday, Sukkot, which began this week.

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Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Warns U.N. to Take ISIS Threat Seriously

iitnIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the threat of militant Islam and ISIS before the U.N., urging the international community to take this threat seriously. He later met with President Obama to discuss this growing danger.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• An American Muslim was arrested in Oklahoma for beheading a coworker and severely stabbing another.
• Despite an official truce, the conflict in Ukraine with pro-Russian separatists has erupted again with 10 people killed in mortar attacks that struck a bus and a school.
• An Israeli woman was kicked off a Kuwait Airlines flight from New York because of her nationality.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on the anniversary of World War II and what, if any, lessons we have learned.

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 6:43 PM  | Stand for Israel

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

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Rabbi's Commentary
Clarity in a Confused World

In response to this week’s horrific terrorist attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded with a voice of moral clarity. We, as people of faith and conscience, must all cling to such clarity in a world so often ruled by moral confusion.


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