The White House announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural body, citing its anti-Israel bias. Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to react, calling the decision a “brave and moral choice.” Israel now plans to withdraw from the UN agency as well.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
- Iranian leaders are promising a “crushing response” if the U.S. fails to recertify the Iran nuclear deal this week. U.S. allies in Europe are urging President Trump to stay in the deal.
- In Israel, the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) shelled a Hamas outpost in the Gaza Strip as retaliation for a terrorist rocket launched toward Israel. The rocket failed to reach the border.
- Israeli counter-intelligence efforts recently uncovered a Russian hacking operation aimed at top-secret American intelligence programs.
- Three years after ISIS swept across Iraq, they finally were defeated by Iraqi forces in their last stronghold – the city of Hawija, 135 miles north of Bagdad.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas with reflections on Simchat Torah, a celebration of the Torah.