Israelis reacted with shock and empathy to news of the Orlando shooting in which 49 were killed and scores more were injured at a crowded nightclub early Sunday morning. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement, saying “We will not be terrified into submission. We will fight back. And we will triumph.” During the attack, the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen pledged his alliance to ISIS.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
- Following last week’s shooting at a Tel Aviv restaurant where four were killed by a pair of Palestinian terrorists, Israelis have experienced relative calm as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began.
- In France, a police officer and his wife were stabbed to death in their house outside Paris by an attacker who also pledged his allegiance to ISIS.
- The White House this week declared its opposition to a defense budget proposed by Congress that would increase funding for Israel’s missile defense program by $445 million.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein with words of comfort for the people of Orlando and victims of terror everywhere.