This week, President Donald Trump held his first meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since being elected. In a joint press conference, the two allies pledged support for one another, reaffirming their commitment to the U.S.-Israeli relationship.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the Trump administration represents a renewed and stronger partnership between Israel and the U.S.
- During talks with the Israeli Prime Minister, Trump re-expressed his desire to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, saying, “We’re looking at it very, very strongly.”
- Also this week, the terror group Hamas elected a new leader, Yahya Sinwar, considered one of its most ruthless members. Sinwar had been released from an Israeli prison in 2011 as part of the prisoner exchange deal for IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.
- With negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis at a standstill, Netanyahu said Israel would only consider a two-state solution if the Palestinians recognized Israel as the Jewish state, and also accepted Israel’s security control over the West Bank.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on the solution to anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred.