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.

Bernie misstates; campus protestors fail to silence: Israel Update

MK and former envoy to the US, Michael Oren, called for Senator Bernie Sanders to apologize for the “Gaza blood libel” saying his claims of Israeli ruthlessness and inflated death toll endanger the Jewish state’s security. “He doesn’t mention the fact that Hamas hides behind…

US imposes sanctions on Iran; UN takes aim at Israel: Israel Update

Iran’s defense minister said he is “certain” the UN Security Council will not take any action over Iran’s March 8 and 9 ballistic missile tests despite a joint letter threatening UN sanctions from Britain, France, Germany, and the US. The UN letter comes on the heels of sanctions by…

OSU rejects BDS; AIPAC analysis; detained IDF soldier: Israel Update

The challenges of bipartisanship were on display at the AIPAC Policy Conference this week. Apologizing for the loud ovation given to Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s remarks excoriating President Obama, AIPAC’s new president, Lillian Pinkus, told delegates...

Iran likely to escape new sanctions; Israel happier than US: Israel Update

Iran will likely escape new United Nations sanctions, though the UN Security Council could issue a public reprimand for last week's launch of ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, diplomats said. The US has vowed to continue pushing for UN Security Council action for…

Vanderbilt student victim of attack; study on Jews in Israel: Israel Update

Taylor Force, 28 years old and one of 29 students from Vanderbilt University, in Israel to learn about global entrepreneurship, was tragically killed one mile from where Vice President Joe Biden was meeting with Shimon Peres. Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “Tonight in Jaffa, a…