U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced this week that the U.S. and Qatar have signed an agreement to fight terrorism. However, the small Arab nation has said it will not cease its support for Hamas, the terror organization which currently runs the Gaza Strip. Several Arab countries have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar because of its support for extremism.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
- In a controversial decision, the U.N.’s cultural body, UNESCO, voted to designate Hebron and the Tomb of the Patriarchs as Palestinian sites. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the resolution “delusional.”
- A terrorist car-ramming attack earlier this week left one Israel Defense Forces soldier wounded and the attacker dead. Security forces fatally wounded the attacker after he emerged from his car with a knife.
- The Fellowship is funding bomb-proofing renovations at the Sha’ar HaNegev Trauma Center, which is located just along the border with Gaza. The renovations will allow the Trauma Center to remain in operation during Code-Red alerts.
- Archeologists uncovered the oldest depiction of the biblical story of Jonah and the whale in a mosaic found at a fifth-century Roman synagogue in Galilee.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yonit Rothchild on the recent UNESCO vote.