President Trump this week announced that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump said that recognizing Jerusalem is just acknowledging reality.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
- World reaction was swift as foreign officials in Europe and the Middle East warned that the President’s action could hurt peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians and lead to more violence. The terrorist group Hamas is calling for “days of rage” to protest the announcement.
- The Israel Defense Forces has not yet confirmed widespread reports in the Arab media of an airstrike on an Iran-controlled military installation under construction in Syria. Israeli officials in recent weeks have expressed fear that a war with Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah could be just weeks away.
- Following a spate of anti-Semitic attacks and vandalism in the Jewish community of Uzhgorod in western Ukraine, The Fellowship has funded security measures, including 24-hour armed guards. In 2017, The Fellowship has provided more than $3.6 million in security for at-risk Jewish communities from Argentina to Ukraine.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on President Trump’s “bold, courageous move” recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.