In the wake of this week’s devastating earthquake in central Italy that left 250 dead, the Jewish community in nearby Rome is helping to set up blood donor centers and offer other services. In addition, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his condolences and rescue assistance to Italian Prime Minister Mateo Renzi.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
- A suicide blast last weekend in Turkey that killed at least 54 people attending a wedding is believed to have been the work of a child bomber. In what is a disturbing trend, more terror groups are looking to children — some as young as 11 — to carry out terror attacks.
- The American University in Afghanistan remains closed this week after three gunmen stormed the grounds Wednesday night, killing 13, including seven students.
- The Israeli Navy came under fire on Thursday during an operation to arrest a Palestinian boat in illegal waters. The ship was fired upon from a beach in the Gaza Strip.
- Israeli police, along with the Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet officers, conducted raids in Bethlehem and Hebron earlier this week, seizing dozens of illegal weapons. The raids were a culmination of months of intelligence gathering.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on the horrific terror attack in Turkey.