After a weekend of intense fighting and rocket barrages that left four Israelis dead, Israel celebrated her 71st Independence Day, Yom HaAtzamaut, beginning Wednesday night. A fragile ceasefire remains in place between Israel and enemy terrorist groups, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has keep troops near the Gaza border, saying the fight is not over.
- The Fellowship responded to last weekend’s rocket barrage from Gaza by providing eight mobile bomb shelters with plans for 53 more, and designating $100,000 for local emergency needs.
- One year after the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, Iranian leaders have threatened future compliance. U. S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the American goal is to keep Iran’s actions in check in accordance with global policies.
- Israeli President Reuven Rivlin addressed the nation of Israel on her Independence Day with thankfulness and pride, and a call for the future prosperity of the Jewish state.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features the Fellowship’s Ami Farkas on Yom Hazikaron, Israel Memorial Day, which immediately precedes Israel Independence Day.