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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated U.S. President Barack Obama for winning a second term, saying that the strategic alliance between their two countries is “rock solid.”

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Netanyahu vowed to take whatever measures available to stop Iran’s nuclear program despite what the U.S. does.
• Syrian tanks entered Israel’s Golan Heights last weekend, prompting Israel to notify the U.N. peacekeepers about the breach.
• Syria’s president sounded defiant in a rare TV interview, while the Red Cross said the situation is worsening for war refugees in that country.
• Israeli newspaper reports of secret talks between the U.S. and Iran.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Jonathan Greenberg on the recent presidential election — and its impact on Israel.