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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

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

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Rejoicing in God’s Word

The festive Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah ends and begins the annual cycle of Torah readings in synagogue. It is God’s Word that offers comfort and hope to Jews and Christians alike, reminding us of His permanent presence in our constantly changing world.


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