Palestinians called for a “day of rage,” and protests and violent clashes erupted throughout the Holy City in the wake of President Trump announcing that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Vice President Pence is scheduled to arrive in the Holy Land next week, but Palestinian leaders are now saying they won’t meet with him.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
• A would-be suicide bomber attempted a violent attack in a crowded New York City subway terminal earlier this week, but failed, inflicting only minor injuries in the blast. Akayed Ullah has been arraigned on a number of terror charges.
• Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the European Union this week, the first time in more than 22 years that an Israeli head of state has visited the headquarters.
• Following the release of its annual report on poverty in the Holy Land, which showed poverty levels falling by less than a percent, Fellowship founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein called on the government to “make eradicating poverty a top priority.”
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas on “Jerusalem, the heart of Israel.”