Tensions in eastern Ukraine are growing, once again drawing the attention of the international community to the region. Violence is escalating, and evidence is pointing to a possible Russian invasion. Over the last week, Russia has moved thousands of tanks and personnel to the borders and has started live-fire military exercises in the Black Sea.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
- In response to the situation in Ukraine, The Fellowship is working to put together emergency aid to help the 5,000 Jews still living in the Donbass region of Ukraine. Since 2014, The Fellowship has led a major immigration effort to bring more than 3,000 Jews from Ukraine to Israel through its On Wings of Eagles program.
- The manager of World Vision’s Gaza operations was arrested by Israel’s Shin Bet security agency and later indicted for siphoning funds to the Hamas terror group. Muhammed Halabi allegedly managed to steal more than $7.2 million per year over the past five years — money that reportedly was used to build terror tunnels into Israel, buy arms, and shore-up outposts.
- Egyptian judo fighter Islam El Shehaby was reprimanded and sent home from the Olympic games after refusing to shake the hand of his Israeli opponent, Or Sasson, after losing to him in a preliminary round.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on the threat of war in Ukraine.