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 & Palestinian women demand peace; Tables to Taiwan: Israel Update

UNESCO’s executive board approved a resolution Tuesday that denies the deep historic Jewish connection to holy sites in Jerusalem—leaving Israel’s government and many Jews around the world frustrated. It’s the latest of several measures at UNESCO over decades that Israelis see as…

UNESCO vote incites uproar; Uniting secular & religious Jews: Israel Update

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Thursday passed a contentious anti-Israel resolution denying Jewish connections to the Temple Mount and Western Wall in Jerusalem. In all, 24 UNESCO member states voted in favor, 26 abstained, and only six…

New Ethiopian Aliyah; Italian soccer antisemitism: Israel Update

The US administration published an unusually harsh statement on Wednesday against a plan to build an alternative settlement for residents of Amona. According to the plan, it will be possible to build up to 300 housing units and an industrial zone. The new settlement, which settlers say is…

World mourns loss of Peres; Netanyahu meets Trump & Clinton: Israel Update

Shimon Peres, one of Israel’s defining political figures and a Nobel peace prize laureate, has died at the age of 93, two weeks after suffering a stroke. Peres had twice served as prime minister of Israel and later as the country’s ninth president. In more than six decades of political…

Obama and Netanyahu meet; Israel Helps Syrian Children: Israel Update

US President Barack Obama said Wednesday he wants to ensure that efforts for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be kept alive beyond his presidency, as he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for likely the last time in his present role. Obama indicated…