Israel Update

Our own, up-to-the-minute, weekly brief on Israel by Shep Englander, our CEO, and Jackie Congedo, Director of the JCRC. It's a five-minute-read; our goals are insight, objectivity, and careful curation of the most important, relevant, and current news.

Israeli help for Iraqi/Iranian earthquake victims refused: Israel Update

Cincinnati representatives including myself (Shep), along with 3,000 other leaders from Jewish Federations across the US, participated in the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA)'s annual conference in Los Angeles this past week. Throughout this year’s "General Assembly," we saw the…

Israeli shekel among world’s strongest currency: Israel Update

The spiritual leader of the Druze community in Israel, Shaykh Muwaffak Tarīf, said that the Druze expect the IDF to set a red line to the Nusra Front in the Syrian Druze village of Hader after a terror attack there claimed the lives of 18 people and wounded many others. "The Nusra Front…

JFNA Chief advocates with Knesset members on pluralism: Israel Update

The Israeli military detonated a militant tunnel on Monday that was dug from Gaza into Israel. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said that thanks to groundbreaking technology this "active tunnel," which was still being dug, was discovered, and forces blew it up inside Israeli…

Bipartisan legislation to block Hezbollah: Israel Update

The head of Hamas security forces in the Gaza Strip was injured Friday when his car exploded in what the Hamas Interior Ministry called “a failed assassination attempt.” The incident comes at a time of tension within Gaza as its Hamas rulers are to start handing over power to the…

Israel refuses to legitimize Hamas: Israel Update

Israel's Political-Security Cabinet decided that Israel will not negotiate with the Palestinians until Hamas is disarmed. The decision was made, unanimously, after the Hamas-Fatah recent reconciliation agreement did not broach the issue of Hamas disarmament. Despite claims that Israel…