Millions of Iranian citizens have taken to the streets in protest of the totalitarian regime, calling for economic and political reform. To date, the protests have resulted in more than 20 deaths with over 1,000 arrests. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei blamed the unrest on outside nations, specifically Israel, a claim Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called “laughable.”
Also this week in Israel in the News:
- Meanwhile, Israel’s Netanyahu also released a video statement this week, supporting Iranian citizens in their protest, and called out the Iranian government for its mistreatment of Christians.
- During 2017, The Fellowship brought a record-number 5,700 Jews to Israel as part of its Freedom Flights aliyah (immigration to Israel) program. The Fellowship was responsible for nearly 20 percent of the total aliyah effort this year.
- Despite the elevated tension between Israelis and Palestinians following President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the White House is still confident it can broker a peace deal between the two adversaries.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas with a plea to pray for the Iranian protestors.