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.

Two IDF soldiers killed in terrorist attack: Israel Update

A Palestinian driver hit four Israeli soldiers with his car Friday afternoon, killing two of them and seriously injuring the others, outside the Mevo Dotan settlement in the northern West Bank. The military confirmed that the incident was a terror attack. The driver was injured and arrested…

Netanyahu at AIPAC; Israel US cooperate on defense exercise: Israel Update 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was welcomed with a resounding ovation at the AIPAC conference in Washington DC, where he gave a 30-minute speech on “the good, the bad, and the beautiful” in Israel and the region. Netanyahu steered completely clear of his legal woes piling up…

How schools in Israel keep students safe: Israel Update 

The US Department of Justice announced the indictment of JCC bomb threat perpetrator, Michael Ron David Kadar, who holds dual US and Israeli citizenship, in three jurisdictions for hate crimes and other offenses. The indictment from Florida charges Kadar with hate crimes as a result of…

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…