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US, 5 Nations Approve Nuclear Deal With Iran

iitn While the United States and five other countries have approved the nuclear deal with Iran, Israel and many American pro-Israel groups remain strongly opposed. On Monday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously approved the deal. The U.S. Congress is expected to vote on the deal in mid-September.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Some international nuclear experts question the verification process included in the deal, saying Iran could still perform undetected small-scale weapons research.
• Israeli warplanes struck targets in the Gaza Strip after the latest barrage of rockets from Gaza.
• Lou Lenart, a U.S. Marine Corps pilot and Israeli war hero, died at his home in Israel at 94.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features Yonit Rothchild on speaking out in defense of Israel.

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 at 5:00 PM  | Tanaja Williams

Nuclear Deal with Iran Reached

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The United States and five other world powers have agreed to a controversial nuclear deal with Iran. Neighboring countries are now scrambling to develop their own nuclear programs.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls the nuclear deal with Iran “a historic mistake.”
  • ISIS is threatening Hamas for not closely following Islamic law and is trying to provoke them into another war with Israel.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on the Iran nuclear deal.

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Thursday, July 16th, 2015 at 5:00 PM  | Tanaja Williams

Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Extended Again

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Iran’s growing demands took nuclear negotiations past yet another deadline Tuesday. Iran is now asking for an end to UN missile sanctions with U.S. officials becoming critical of the protracted talks.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his growing concern on ISIS terrorist attacks that are increasingly coming closer to Israel’s borders.
• ISIS terrorists launch rockets into southern Israel as part of their attacks in Sinai.
• Israeli intelligence reported that Hamas and ISIS are now collaborating.
• Arial footage has revealed a large troop buildup in Russia along its border with Ukraine.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features Ami Farkas on fasting and waiting on God.

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Friday, July 10th, 2015 at 5:00 AM  | Tanaja Williams

The Fellowship Responds to Druze Refugee Crisis in Syria

iitn The Fellowship is providing aid to more than 50 Druze refugee families who fled Syria for Jordan to escape the violence. Founder and President of The Fellowship Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein says the Druze people are “true partners to Israel’s security and wellbeing.”

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Nuclear talks deadline is extended as Iran hardens its stance against inspections and research limits.
• NATO allies and the U.S. pledge support to defend Eastern Ukraine with plans for a “rapid response force.”
• Holocaust hero Nicolas Winton, who helped rescue hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis, died this week at the age of 106

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship‘s Yael Eckstein on a shared love for freedom.

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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 2:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

UN Report Accuses Hamas, Israel of Committing War Crimes in 2014 Conflict

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A controversial United Nations report on the actions of Israel and Hamas during last year’s war in Gaza has accused both sides of possible war crimes, but Israel says the report lacks credibility. The report said that the devastation caused in the 50-day conflict was unprecedented, claiming there were serious violations of international humanitarian law.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• An Israeli airstrike on Gaza reflects ongoing tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.
• This week, Prime Minister Netanyahu visited the grave of his brother, a fallen Israeli war hero.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on the recent killings in a Charleston church.

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Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 5:00 PM  | Tanaja Williams

Israel Releases Report Ahead of UN War Crimes Investigation

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Ahead of the U.N. report examining the 50-day war with Hamas in Gaza last summer, Israel released its own study of the conflict. During the war, more than 2,200 Palestinians and 73 Israelis were killed. Israel has long held that the U.N. is biased against the Jewish state.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Violence is brewing on Israel’s northern border with Syria in the Golan Heights.
• The Palestinian unity government has dissolved, leaving Hamas in sole control of Gaza.
• Russian President Vladimir Putin has responded to criticism over his country’s actions in Ukraine.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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Thursday, June 18th, 2015 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Israeli President Hosts US Officials over Iran Concerns

iitnIsraeli President Reuven Rivlin hosted the U.S. Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey to discuss negotiations over Iran. General Dempsey reassured Israel that the U.S. is looking out for their interests, as well.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• The U.S. Supreme Court this week issued a controversial ruling against using “Israel” on passports of Jerusalem-born Americans.
• A new study from a U.S. nonprofit research organization reported that both Israel and the Palestinians would benefit economically from a peace deal.
• This week, President Obama said G7 leaders strongly support Ukraine and warned that more sanctions are coming against Russia if a peace plan fails.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas on what can happen only in Israel.

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Thursday, June 11th, 2015 at 5:00 PM  | Tanaja Williams

Jewish WWI Vet Receives Posthumous Medal of Honor

iitnU.S. Army Sgt. William Shemin, a Jewish-American soldier who fought in World War I, received the Medal of Honor this week for his heroism during the war. Shemin passed away in 1973; he may have been denied the award during his lifetime for racial reasons.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• More rockets from Gaza were launched into southern Israel this week, prompting Israel to retaliate with airstrikes.
• An international report released this week indicated that Iran’s nuclear stockpile is increasing, while the U.S. and Israel disagree on whether military action against Iran is an option.
• The U.N. called for peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians to resume.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yonit Rothchild on the Jewish people’s connection to Israel as home.

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Thursday, June 4th, 2015 at 8:09 PM  | Stand for Israel

Rockets Fired at Israel from Gaza

iitnThe war last summer between Palestinians and Israel ended with promises of long-term peace, but earlier this week, rockets were again launched at southern Israel from Gaza. Israel retaliated with four strikes on terrorist targets. No casualties were reported.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• A report from Amnesty International has exposed war crimes committed by Hamas during last summer’s conflict.
• This week, President Obama defended his administration’s Israel policies at a Washington D.C. synagogue.
• France is considering blocking a proposed nuclear deal if Iran does not allow inspectors to access all its nuclear sites.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas on European powers’ threat to recognize a Palestinian state.

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Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 9:30 AM  | Stand for Israel

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