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Former Israeli Prime Minister, President, Shimon Peres, Dies

Peres lies in state Ashernet

One of Israel’s founding fathers, former Prime Minister and President of Israel Shimon Peres, died this week at age 93. Peres had suffered a massive stroke two weeks ago. World leaders gathered in Israel for the funeral of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, whose political career spanned almost the entire life of the modern Jewish state.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

  • Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama honored the life of Peres. Obama called Peres, “my friend.”
  • Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed the U.N. General Assembly last week for the first time since the ratification of the Iran nuclear deal. Netanyahu said other nations are now recognizing that Iran and ISIS are the world's common enemies.
  • The Fellowship recently partnered with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to establish a $52 million “lifeline fund” to help more than 100,000 elderly Jews and Holocaust survivors living in poverty in the former Soviet Union.
  • Dutch investigators are saying that the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014 was caused by a missile that had been brought into the country from Russia.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yonit Rothchild on celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which begins at sundown Sunday.

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