After the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history left at least 59 people dead and hundreds wounded, world leaders from Vladimir Putin to the Pope and the Queen of England responded with condolences for the people of Las Vegas and the U.S. ISIS has claimed responsibility, but the FBI has dismissed that assertion.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
- Also in response, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “the hearts of the people of Israel go out to the scores of innocent people murdered in cold blood.”
- Fellowship founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein released a statement, saying, “As Israelis, we understand the pain of terror . . . today, The Fellowship grieves with our beloved friends in the United States.”
- A U.S. court has ordered Iran to pay a massive settlement of $63.5 million to former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, who the court said was held for four years in a Tehran prison under false pretenses.
- After the terrorist group Hamas agreed to hand control of the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority, P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas said Hamas no longer would be allowed to handle security in Gaza or hold onto its arsenal of weapons.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas with reflections on Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles and the most joyous festival on the Jewish calendar.