The Israel Defense Forces retaliated this week after a number of rockets strayed from Syria into Israel’s Golan Heights, as tensions between Israel and Hezbollah in Syria and Lebanon increased. The IDF warned it would intensify its response to any Syrian fire, whether it’s a spillover from fighting across the border or not.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
- Elsewhere in Syria, ISIS has been driven out of its capital city, Raqqa, severely reducing its control of territory in that region.
- Despite negotiating a unity pact and ceding control of the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority, the terror group Hamas has refused to disarm itself. Both the U.S. and Israel have stated that no peace talks could take place with any government that refuses to disarm, renounce terror, and recognize Israel.
- Friday in Israel is Aliyah Day, a new holiday adopted last year that celebrates the immigration of Jews to their ancestral homeland, Israel. For 25 years, The Fellowship has helped nearly 750,000 impoverished Jews from 26 countries around the world start new lives in Israel.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Yechiel Eckstein on Aliyah Day.