Israel in the News features timely news stories, on-site reporting on a variety of topics, and weekly commentary by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ). Yael Eckstein, the rabbi’s daughter and Director of Project Assessment in The Fellowship’s Jerusalem office, will also contribute weekly commentary from her on-the-ground vantage point in the Holy Land.
The purpose of the show is to present listeners with an accurate and unbiased report on what is happening in Israel and the Middle East, as well as address other topics that are of significance to the Holy Land and the Jewish people. Through this weekly broadcast, which is now aired on more than 30 stations in the U.S. and abroad, The Fellowship hopes to increase positive public awareness and knowledge about Israel and counter the mainstream media’s lack of attention to the Holy Land and the often negative view of Israel and her people.
Rabbi Eckstein said, “Since the media plays such a critical role in determining how Israel is perceived, biased reporting — and there is much of it in the media today — can do great damage to Israel’s public image,” said Rabbi Eckstein. “This new effort will help ensure that the true story of Israel’s ongoing struggle for peace and security is told to the world.”
The Fellowship believes that media trends must be challenged or, whenever possible, supplanted by the real truth of what is happening in and around the Holy Land. A worldwide survey conducted by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) revealed that Israel ranks fourth as the most negatively perceived country in the world, slightly ahead of Pakistan, Iran and North Korea. One in five Americans indicates they do not have enough information to make a decision regarding their feelings toward Israel.
“Recent events at the United Nations with the Palestinian call for statehood, as well as the ongoing rebellions in Egypt, Syria, and other Arab countries, have sharpened the world’s focus on Israel and the Middle East,” said John LaRue, VP of marketing and strategic initiatives at IFCJ.
Founded in 1983 by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews works to promote understanding between Jews and Christians and to build broad support for Israel and other mutual concerns. Our goal is to advance a relationship, grounded in respect and cooperation, between Christians and Jews.
This organizational mission includes providing humanitarian assistance that has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of Jews living in Israel and around the world, supporting life-giving aid to Israel’s victims of war and terror, and much more.
Based in Chicago and Jerusalem, The Fellowship operates under Rabbi Eckstein’s leadership and is governed by an independent board of directors that includes leaders from both faith groups who share The Fellowship’s strong belief in building bridges between Christian and Jewish communities.