Israelis Prepare for Yom Kippur


The ICEJ News team would like to express our hopes for a wonderful Yom Kippur and Succot festivals for all of our readers. We will be on a holiday footing until after the Feast of Tabernacles and resume regular News updates on Monday, 22 October 2019.


Headlines from Jerusalem, 8 October 2019

“The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “On exactly the tenth day of this seventh month is the day of atonement; it shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls and present an offering by fire to the Lord” Leviticus 23: 26-27


Israelis Prepare for Yom Kippur

Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday and solemnly declared his observation of a “disturbing new situation in the Holy Land” including instances where the “historic rights of the Christian community are being undermined.”

Israel Closely Watching Events in Syria

In light of the announcement Monday evening by US President Donald Trump that he is pulling all remaining US military forces out of north-eastern Syria while warning Turkey that he is prepared to act against its economy if a threatened military invasion includes war crimes, Israeli officials hinted that they will seek closer cooperation with Russia. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on Monday about his recent phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying “We have great challenges around us, but we enjoy important cooperation and coordination with Russia, something that is critical for us, and which we will continue to deal with.”


Implications of a Turkish Invasion of Northeast Syria
Will Todman, CSIS

For months, U.S. diplomats and military officials have been seeking ways to reduce tensions between Turkey and the SDF. In August, the two sides agreed to jointly administer the border zone. The United States implemented a series of confidence-building measures with Turkey, including joint patrols and reconnaissance flights in the border area. The U.S. government also convinced the SDF to dismantle its defenses in the border area. The Turks have been unhappy with the implementation of the agreement, and President Erdogan announced the completion of preparations for a military incursion into northeast Syria on October 5.


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