An Israeli official testified this week before the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, that the Palestinian Authority has given more than $1 billion to terrorists in the past four years alone. While the P.A. claims the funds are social welfare benefits, Israeli officials say the money is effectively salaries for terrorists.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas conceded that reports President Donald Trump yelled at him during their meeting last week were true. President Trump reportedly yelled at Abbas for tricking him about the Palestinians’ commitment to the peace process.
- After a successful airstrike raid last week against Iran-backed fighters in Syria, a high-ranking Israeli Air Force general says he’s ready to strike again.
- After meeting with representatives from terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah, Iran’s newly elected president Hassan Rouhani agreed to send more funding to Hamas. According to a 2015 report, Iran sent tens of millions of dollars to Hamas that was used to purchase rockets and dig terror tunnels.
- The Fellowship is providing support and hope for hundreds of Israel Defense Forces soldiers suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through its Etgarim program, which uses sailing as therapy. Etgarim is Hebrew for “the boat is sailing.”
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yonit Rothchild on Judaism’s holiest site.