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ISIS Captures Ancient Biblical City of Palmyra

iitnThe Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) has captured the ancient biblical city of Palmyra in Syria, built by King Solomon, as well as the Iraqi city of Ramadi, as it continues its spread across the Middle East.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• The White House will give Congress veto power over any Iranian nuclear deal.
• A new study finds Christianity the most oppressed religion in the world, with over 100,000 Christians killed each year.
• The new Middle East envoy to the United Nations blasts Israel in his very first address.
• Palestinian officials call for Israel to be expelled from world soccer.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yonit Rothchild reflecting on Jerusalem Day, the celebration of the Jewish people’s nation being whole once again.

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Thursday, May 21st, 2015 at 3:52 PM  | Stand for Israel

Israel Commemorates Reunification of Jerusalem

iitnSunday marks Jerusalem Day in Israel which commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem under Israeli rule following the Six-Day War in 1967. From 1948 until 1967, the city was divided, with the Old City under Jordanian control and access to Christian and Jewish holy sites restricted.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• The White House sends its congratulations to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as his new coalition government is confirmed.
• Israel purchases new naval ships from Germany as the two countries honor 50 years of diplomatic ties.
• U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Russia’s President Putin to discuss apparent ceasefire violations in Ukraine.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas on Israel tending Syrians wounded in the ongoing civil war.

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Thursday, May 14th, 2015 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Israel’s UN Ambassador Honors 70th Anniversary of V-E Day

iitnThis weekend marks the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe, or V-E Day, when Nazi Germany officially surrendered, ending World War II. In his address to the U.N., Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor said the Jewish people learned from this conflict to never entrust Jewish lives to another people or nation.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• In eleventh-hour negotiations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu succeeded in forming a new coalition government, giving him a narrow majority of one seat in the Knesset.
• Protests are underway in Israel after police were caught on tape beating an Israeli Ethiopian soldier.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on the need to pray for our nations.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Death Toll Rises in Nepal; Israel Sends Aid

iitnLast weekend, a 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, and has now claimed more than 6,000 lives. That death toll is expected to rise, even as the devastated nation struggles to rebuild. Showing what Prime Minister Netanyahu called “the true face of Israel,” the Jewish state has sent five IDF planes and more than 250 soldiers to Nepal – to set up field hospitals, conduct rescue missions, and airlift those in need to Israeli facilities.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Four terrorists were killed by an IDF airstrike after clashes on the Israeli-Syrian border.
• PM Netanyahu’s Likud party has reached an agreement as Israel’s new coalition government begins to form.
• Russia was caught sending air-defense systems to rebels in Ukraine – a violation of the ceasefire.
• The nuclear deal with Iran has taken center stage at this week’s Republican Jewish Leadership Summit.

 

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yonit Rothchild on Israel’s aid to Nepal, and its commitment to being “a light unto the nations.”

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Thursday, April 30th, 2015 at 4:32 PM  | Stand For Israel

Israel Honors Fallen Veterans; Celebrates Independence Day

iitnThis week marked Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day, and Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day. On Wednesday, Israel Memorial Day, the nation of Israel paused to honor its fallen veterans and victims of terror with a moment of silence. That day is immediately followed by Israel Independence Day, marking the day 67 years ago when Israel received her statehood.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Negotiations for a nuclear deal with Iran are underway again with discussions aimed at completing a full accord by the end of June.
• International groups fear that the fragile ceasefire in Ukraine between Russian-backed rebels and government forces is breaking down. According to the U.N. more than 6,000 have died in the conflict this year.
• Re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been given an extension to put together a new national government. If he fails to do so, the president can ask another Knesset member to form a government.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yonit Rothchild on the “hidden heroes” who represent the freedom of living in Israel.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Holocaust Remembrance Day Observed Worldwide

iitnApril 16 was Holocaust Remembrance Day, and the observance was honored with ceremonies throughout the world. In Israel, traffic slowed to a halt as two minutes of silence was observed throughout the country in honor of the six million Jews who were murdered during the Nazi regime of terror.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• In his address on the Holocaust, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the proposed nuclear deal with Iran proves that the world hasn’t learned its lesson yet about genocidal regimes.
• The U.S. Senate will get 30 days to approve the terms of any nuclear agreement with Iran.
• Israeli raids have led to the capture of more than 25 Hamas operatives in the West Bank.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on learning from the Holocaust.

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Netanyahu Reacts to Proposed Iranian Nuclear Deal

iitnIsrael is not happy with the proposed framework for a nuclear deal recently reached between Iran, the U.S., and five other world powers. While President Obama said the proposed deal will make the world a safer place, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal “poses a great danger” to Israel and the world.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• The U.S. also refused to make the recognition of Israel’s right to exist part of the deal with Iran.
• The leader of the terrorist group, Hezbollah, has said this week that another war with Israel could be near.
• The online group Anonymous carried out its annual cyberattack on Israel earlier this week. The attacks have occurred every April 7th since 2013.
• More than 130,000 tourists flocked to Israel this week for the celebrations of Passover and Easter.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s David Kuner on the need for Christians and Jews to stand against radical Islamic terrorists.

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Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 4:55 PM  | Stand for Israel

Preliminary Nuclear Deal Reached with Iran, World Powers

iitnAfter all-night negotiations, Iran and six world powers, including the United States, have agreed to preliminary terms of a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting of economic sanctions. Full text of the agreement is to be drafted by June 30.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Iran’s nuclear aspirations are part of its plan to control the Middle East.
• Meanwhile, at least one Iranian military leader has been quoted as saying that wiping Israel off the map was “non-negotiable.”
• The United States continues to provide aid to Ukraine with both military training and equipment during the ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed rebels.
• An Israeli doctor performed lifesaving surgery on the 18-month-old daughter of an Iraqi family fleeing from ISIS.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein on an important lesson we can learn from Passover.

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 at 8:43 PM  | Stand for Israel

Fellowship Freedom Flight Brings 110 Ukrainian Jews to Israel

iitn Earlier this week, 110 Jewish refugees from war-torn Ukraine arrived in Tel Aviv on a Freedom Flight sponsored by The Fellowship.These flights are part of an ongoing program to bring Jews wanting to flee the situation in Ukraine to their spiritual and historical homeland in Israel.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• The rift between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu widened this week because of remarks Netanyahu made about a Palestinian state prior to his re-election.
• Rebels in Yemen promise revenge for “Zionist” Saudi attacks as the U.N. predicts a full-blown civil war.
• Seven Orthodox Jewish children, killed earlier this week in a house fire in Brooklyn, were laid to rest in Jerusalem as hundreds of mourners came to pay their respects.
• A drunken mob of 20 stormed a synagogue in London this week, shattering windows and assaulting one worshiper.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yonit Rothchild on the one constant in Israeli life.

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Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Netanyahu, Likud Party Win Decisively in Israeli Elections

iitn In a race that many predicted would be neck-and-neck, incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won by a decisive margin, defeating his center-left opponent Isaac Herzog. With his Likud party appearing to win at least 30 of the 120 seats in the Knesset, Netanyahu will now work to form a coalition government.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Netanyahu’s promise on the eve of elections not to endorse a two-state solution with the Palestinians has elicited a wary response from the U.S. and negative reactions from others.
• A terror attack in Tunisia has left at least 19 dead, including 17 foreign nationals, after two gunmen began shooting at tourists getting off a bus at the Bardo National Museum.
• Iranian officials say they are close to a nuclear deal with the U.S. and other world powers, but U.S. officials are being more cautious. Talks are continuing between the two countries in Switzerland.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein on the election results and who really is in charge.

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Friday, March 20th, 2015 at 9:07 AM  | Stand for Israel