September 12, 2014
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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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I have seen something else under the sun (Ecclesiastes 9:11) An IDF soldier and his partner, Herman, watch the sun set over the Holy Land they serve and protect. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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