Israel marked 68 years of independence last week amid a new wave of Palestinian violence. Tensions increased with frequent clashes and several new attacks. In his Independence Day remarks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “We know that we cannot exist without a defense force.”
Also this week in Israel in the News:
- A high-ranking leader of the terror group Hezbollah was killed last week in an explosion near the Damascus airport in Syria. Mustapha Badreddine was reportedly the man behind the militant group’s involvement in the Syrian civil war.
- Senior diplomats from around the world met in Vienna this week to revive the Syrian peace talks. The negotiations are chaired by both the U.S. and Russia, who remain deeply divided over the war in Syria.
- As part of its mission to build bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews, The Fellowship is hosting key leaders from the National Baptist Convention of America on their pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
- The United Methodist Church at its General Conference this week voted against several resolutions in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, whose aim is to economically handicap Israel.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas on spirited public debate as a sign of a strong democracy.