In light of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ recent anti-Israel speech, the U.S. has cut its funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) that provides aid to Palestinians displaced during Israel’s War of Independence. The U.S. announced it will withhold $65 million from its original plan to give the agency $125 million.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen, and a delegation of more than 150 U.S. officials will visit the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, on Monday. The Vice President is scheduled to address the group.
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a six-day visit to India this past week. Netanyahu called the visit “a dawn of a new era in the great friendship between India and Israel.”
- The Israeli press has reported that the Israel Defense Forces has destroyed a tunnel that Palestinian terrorists were using for smuggling. The IDF credited the detection and destruction of the tunnel to cutting-edge technology.
- Multiple arrests were made in Germany of ten people authorities said were spying on Israel on behalf of Iran.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas on the U.S. Vice President’s visit to Israel.