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2 Israeli Soldiers Killed, 7 Wounded in Hezbollah Border Attack

iitnThe Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah fired a missile at an Israeli military convoy patrolling Israel’s northern border earlier this week, killing two soldiers and wounding seven others. The attack from within Lebanon was reportedly in retaliation for an Israeli airstrike in Syria earlier in the month that killed six Hezbollah members.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• On Tuesday, visitors gather at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Israel to observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
• House Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress is getting a mixed reaction from U.S. elected officials.
• The Jewish community in Ukraine is on edge as the city of Mariupol was hit earlier this week by a massive rocket attack. The Fellowship is providing funding to help Jews in the area.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and president Yechiel Eckstein on the U.N.’s hollow effort to commemorate the Holocaust.

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Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

11 Stabbed in Terror Attack on Tel Aviv Bus

iitnA Palestinian man, claiming revenge for the Gaza war, stabbed at least 11 people on a commuter bus in Tel Aviv this week. At least four were taken to nearby hospitals. After fleeing from the scene and stabbing more victims, the suspect was shot in the leg by police and taken into custody.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• In response to President Obama’s possible veto of more sanctions against Iran, U.S. Congressman Boehner invites Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress on Iranian threat.
• An Israeli airstrike on Hezbollah in Syria kills 7, including an Iranian general who was there to advise Syrian fighters.
• Ukrainian President Poroshenko says that as many as 9,000 Russian troops are in his country as fighting in Eastern Ukraine escalates.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein on hope for a unified fight against terrorism.

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Jewish Victims of French Terror Attack Buried in Israel

iitnAfter last week’s devastating terror attacks in Paris by radical Islamists, which included the murder of 12 journalists at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and a second attack on a kosher supermarket, the bodies of four victims of the supermarket attack — all of whom were Jewish — were buried this week in Israel.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• European anti-Semitism is on the rise, with more Jews seeking to immigrate to Israel.
• Violence once again erupted this week in Ukraine, with the U.S. placing the blame squarely on Russia.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yonit Rothchild on the hope that Israel provides to persecuted Jews.

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015 at 5:08 PM  | Stand for Israel

12 Killed in Islamist Terrorist Attack in Paris; Suspects Killed

iitnIslamist terrorists shot and killed 12 people at the Paris offices of the satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, in an apparent retaliation for cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet, Mohammed. One suspect surrendered to police, and two other gunmen were killed after a massive manhunt. A third terrorist was killed after taking hostages in a kosher supermarket in suburban Paris. Four hostages also were reported killed.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed outrage at the attacks and solidarity with the people of France.
• Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke for the first time about the attacks, saying that the “international jihadist movement has declared war.”
• Palestinian leaders are attempting to join the International Criminal Court and charge Israel with war crimes.
• A blizzard hit Israel this week, leaving tens of thousands without power, closing schools, and shutting down major roads.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yonit Rothchild on how snowstorms impact Israel and her people.

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Friday, January 9th, 2015 at 2:35 PM  | Stand for Israel

Resolution for Palestinian Statehood Fails in the UN

iitnA resolution to acknowledge Palestinian statehood and its claims to Israeli territories in the West Bank was voted down in the U.N. Security Council. The measure fell just one vote short of the number needed to pass. The U.S. had threatened to veto the resolution, which it considers biased against Israel and detrimental to the peace process.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• In Ukraine, 150 Ukrainian prisoners held by Russian rebels were released this week, while peace talks were scrapped with no word why.
• Israel provided thousands of Christian pilgrims access to the Palestinian-held holy site of Bethlehem during the Christmas season.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on the historic Freedom Flights that have rescued more than 400 Jews from war-torn Ukraine.

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Thursday, January 1st, 2015 at 6:24 PM  | Stand for Israel

Push in UN to Force Israel from Lands Claimed by Palestinians

iitnThe United Nations Security Council is being asked to force Israel out of lands that the Palestinians have claimed for a future state. The nation of Jordan has taken up the push.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Syria claims that it shot down an Israeli drone.
• ISIS encounters its first major setback since it invaded Iraq.
• President Obama reopens relations with Cuba, with Israel to follow suit.
• A UNICEF report details the horrendous living conditions found in rebel-controlled Ukraine.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on the hardship and hope of the past year.

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 at 8:19 AM  | Stand For Israel

Palestinians Prepare U.N. Resolution to Force Israel from West Bank

iitnWhile several European powers have recently voted to recognize a Palestinian state — a vote that is largely symbolic — Palestinians are getting ready to ask the U.N. to vote on a resolution demanding that Israel vacate lands that they claim as theirs. If passed, the resolution itself would also be symbolic, but could allow the UN to dictate negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• The Israeli embassy in Greece was attacked this week in a drive-by shooting, but no one was injured in the attack.
• Unrest in the West Bank continues as Palestinians respond to the death of an official during a demonstration at an Israeli settlement building last week.
• Russia’s economy is on the brink of crisis — all because of Western sanctions due to its actions in Ukraine.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas on the pending elections of a new government in Israel.

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Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 8:16 PM  | Stand for Israel

Reported Israeli Airstrikes in Syria Target Terrorist Weapons

iitnVideo footage has been released online showing Israeli airstrikes in Syria targeting shipments of advanced weapons believed to be heading from Damascus to Hezbollah fighters in neighboring Lebanon. The Israeli government has neither confirmed nor denied the attacks, but Israel carried out similar airstrikes since the revolt against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad began three years ago.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• A Palestinian cabinet member has died in clashes between Israeli military and Palestinian protestors over Temple Mount access and other issues. The cause of death is being investigated.
• The Obama administration is backing away from earlier statements saying it was considering sanctions against Israel for settlement building.
• An Israeli student was stabbed earlier this week in a Jewish center in Brooklyn. The attacker was shot and killed by the NYPD after refusing to surrender his weapon.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yonit Rothchild on Hanukkah and its relevance to Israel today.

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

France Recognizes Palestinian State in Non-binding Vote

iitnFrance became the latest nation to adopt a non-binding resolution recognizing a Palestinian state, joining Spain, Ireland, and Great Britain. None of these votes officially recognize Palestinian statehood, but rather were adopted to put pressure on both Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace negotiations.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Terrorist attacks continued inside Israel this week with two separate stabbing incidents in the West Bank.
• Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two of his senior officials this week — a move which will send Israelis back to the polls for new elections.
• U.S. officials are considering supplying Ukraine with arms to fight pro-Russian forces.
• U.S.-led coalition to fight the terrorist group ISIS is now 60-nations strong, while Iran launched its own attack against ISIS.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yonit Rothchild on the current tensions in Israel.

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Thursday, December 4th, 2014 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

EU Vote to Recognize Palestinian Statehood Postponed

iitnA vote in the European Union to recognize Palestinian statehood has been postponed — thanks, in part, to the hard work by Israeli delegates who fought for more time to change minds. The vote will now take place in mid-December. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called recognition of a Palestinian state “a grave mistake.”

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• The deadline to reach an agreement between Western nations and Iran over its nuclear program was extended after talks broke down this week. The new deadline is set for the end of June 2015.
• The U.S. continues to pressure Russia to honor its side of the peace agreement it struck with Ukraine this fall by adhering to the ceasefire and removing military forces.
• With tensions mounting in the West Bank region, Hamas has reportedly test-fired rockets into the Mediterranean Sea — a move that some in Israel see as a show of force.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, with a message of thanksgiving for Christian support for Israel.

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Thursday, November 27th, 2014 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

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Rabbi’s Commentary
Terror Returns to the Holy Land — Again

Recently our attention has been focused on brutal terrorist attacks around the world. But with Wednesday’s attack on Israelis aboard a Tel Aviv bus, our focus returns to Israel, where we must continue to defend the society and the values we have taken so long to develop and build.


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