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Netanyahu Expands Coalition in Knesset, Pledges Peace

Bibi: “Those Who Don’t Condemn Terror Cannot Claim Innocence” Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has formed a broader coalition within the Knesset, giving his party more influence in Israel’s parliament. As part of the coalition, Avigdor Lieberman was named Defense Minister. Both Lieberman and Netanyahu reiterated their commitment to the peace process.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

  • Speaking at the Jerusalem Post’s annual conference in New York this week, Fellowship founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein urged nurturing and building alliances with Christians to fight the BDS (boycott, divest, and sanction) movement.
  • Iraqi forces, with support from U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, continued efforts to retake Fallujah, the last major ISIS stronghold in Iraq. At least 45 percent of ISIS-held territory has been recaptured by Iraqi forces.
  • The Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei said that the U.S. “can’t do a thing” about Iran’s ballistic missile program.
  • A Ukrainian pilot held in a Russian prison for two years was released this week as part of a prisoner exchange. Nadia Savchenko had become a symbol of Ukrainian nationalism in response to Russia’s aggression in the country.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on the value of Memorial Day.

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