For the first time in the nation’s history, Israeli leaders are calling for new elections as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed in his efforts to form a governing coalition. Elections will be held on September 17.
- Also this week, the U.S. continues to pressure Iran, this time in response to an attack on U.S.-bound oil tankers earlier this month.
- The Israel Defense Force (IDF) launched air strikes this week against Syria after an IDF fighter jet encountered anti-aircraft fire during a routine flight.
- Fires in southern Israel last week, some caused by incendiary balloons launched from Gaza, completely destroyed a village of 250 people. In response, The Fellowship has partnered with families to raise $325,000 to help rebuild the town.
- A rise in anti-Semitic attacks in Germany has led to calls for caution among its Jewish citizens.
- A group of teenage boys from a Jewish yeshiva high school in Boston aided in the rescue of a man who was drowning in a reservoir. The teens later discovered that the man had a tattoo of a swastika on his hand.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features Fellowship President Yael Eckstein on Jerusalem Day, which is Sunday, June 2.Tags: Israel in the News