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.

US Embassy in Jerusalem to open May 2018: Israel Update 

The new US embassy in Jerusalem will open in May 2018 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel declaring independence, two Trump administration officials said. The officials said Congress is being notified of the impending move and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signed off on the…

Tensions rise with Israel-Iranian flare up: Israel Update

A confrontation this past weekend in Syria has turned up the heat between Israel and Iran. The episode began on February 10, when an Israeli F-16 was shot down in Syrian airspace by the Syrian military. Both pilots managed to eject and were collected in northern Israel and taken to the…

Israel challenged by African asylum seekers: Israel Update

Israeli authorities have launched a major drive to deport the vast majority of the 38,000 African asylum seekers and migrants still in the country. Cincinnati Jewish leaders spoke out via a letter to Israel Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer. Many Israelis believe the country has a moral and…

Israel plans humanitarian aid for Gaza: Israel Update

Israel will submit a $1 billion plan for easing the Gaza Strip’s humanitarian crisis, which it will ask the international community to fund, at an emergency meeting on Wednesday of donor states. The plan’s centerpiece will be Israeli assistance in building infrastructure projects,…

Trump unsure of Palestinian commitment to peace: Israel Update

Meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Davos on Thursday, US President Donald Trump spoke unscripted about Israel and the Palestinians. In contrast to previous language last May, in Davos Trump was adamant that “Israel does want to make peace” but no longer…