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The nuclear standoff with Iran has escalated, with the Iranian Navy reportedly warning foreign military forces to back off. The Navy just wrapped up a five-day exercise this week in the Straits of Hormuz.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• The Fatah Party celebrated its 48th anniversary with hateful messages against Israel.
• A top UN diplomat warns that Syria could become another Somalia if the international community doesn’t intervene.
• Israel nears completion of a 143-mile border fence with Egypt to control immigration and terrorism.
• Netanyahu warns against rushing into a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Jonathan Greenberg on what a true democracy looks like in the Middle East.