U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addressed Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, on Monday — the first time a sitting Vice President has done so. In his speech, Pence reaffirmed U.S. support for Israel and the White House’s position that Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish state.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
- Following the Vice President’s speech, The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein called Pence “chief among [Israel’s] Christian friends.”
- Pence remained optimistic about Israeli-Palestinian peace talks despite the Palestinians calling the Vice President’s speech “a slap in the face.”
- In the wake of the U.S.’s decision to cut funding to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Belgium and the Dutch governments have pledged their ongoing support to the controversial agency. The U.S. and Israel have accused UNRWA of spreading anti-Israel propaganda.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Executive Vice President Yael Eckstein on the U.S. Vice President’s visit to Israel.