In a diplomatic victory for Israel, the U.N.’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has shelved a vote to sever Israel’s ties to Jerusalem’s Old City. The resolution proposed by Palestinian and Jordanian representatives would have divorced the Temple Mount from its Jewish heritage and given full control of the site to Jordan.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
- Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry became the first Egyptian foreign minister to visit Israel since 2007. Shoukry met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the stalled peace process with the Palestinians.
- A Jewish couple were murdered in their home in Morocco earlier this week. The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, who had just met with Jewish community leaders there, called the murders “sad and shocking.”
- Archeologists unearthed an ancient Philistine cemetery in southern Israel this week. The discovery represents the richest find on the Philistine people to date. Little is known about the Philistines, the people of Goliath and Delilah, outside of biblical accounts.
- Debris from EgyptAir Flight 804, which crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on May 19, has washed ashore in the Israeli resort town of Netanya. Israeli authorities are sending the debris to Cairo for investigation.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on celebrating a milestone birthday.