The Pentagon announced Thursday that the U.S. Military launched retaliatory airstrikes at targets in eastern Syria after an American contractor was killed and 6 others injured, including 5 U.S. service members, in an unmanned aerial vehicle attack on a facility in the northeast part of the country. Meanwhile, according to the Israeli newspaper Maariv, satellite intelligence photos from an attack in Syria on March 12th show that the strike hit entrances to underground tunnels which housed the materials needed to make surface-to-surface missiles.
In a nationwide address Thursday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government will move ahead with judicial reform legislation despite weeks of nationwide street protests and warnings from defense leaders about divisions in the country. The prime minister acknowledged arguments on both sides of the battle and said would he seek calm in the process, but insisted, as he did in last year's campaign in which his party won the most seats in parliament, that his government would restore what he sees as a "correct balance" between the judicial and legislative branches of government.
This issue of A Public Witness scopes out the recent controversies in Russia and Ukraine about conscientious objectors before considering what lessons we might learn to see more clearly despite the fog of war.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded Wednesday to a chorus of concern from evangelical Christians in the U.S. and from believers in Israel related to a bill introduced by two ultra-Orthodox of members of Israel's Knesset . The bill would have made it a criminal offense to persuade anyone to convert to another religion. In a tweet, Netanyahu declared in Hebrew and in English, "We will not advance any law against the Christian community." The prime minister's announcement allayed fears that the bill proposed by two members of the coalition government would become law.