Monday, 29 May 2017 | The most iconic moment of President Donald Trump’s visit to the Middle East was not his “speech on Islam”; it was his visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The Western Wall is a contested space, and that controversy has bled outside Israel’s borders. U.S. Secretary of State Rex TillersonContinue Reading »
Friday, 26 May 2017 | The Palestinian Authority issued payments to terrorists and their families totaling more than $1 billion over a four year period, according to a recent study by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. The sum accounts for seven percent of the PA’s budget and is equivalent to 20 percent of theContinue Reading »
Monday, 22 May 2017 | The IDF’s Judea and Samaria Division has marked the coming month of June as a period in which a new wave of terrorism and unrest in the West Bank [Judea–Samaria] could surface once again with reinvigorated energy. The renewed fear stems from a combination of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan,Continue Reading »
Monday, 22 May 2017 | National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources [Minister] Yuval Steinitz expressed concern on Sunday morning regarding the massive arms deal signed between the United States and Saudi Arabia during US President Donald Trump’s visit to Riyadh. The military sales deal amounts to about $110 billion effective immediately, plus another $350 billionContinue Reading »
Friday, 19 May 2017 | As U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to hold his second meeting with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem next week, two Palestinian terror groups have announced that the new U.S. administration is planning to “liquidate the Palestinian cause.” The warning by Hamas and Islamic Jihad is directed notContinue Reading »
Friday, 19 May 2017 | Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stated in an interview with Arab media Wednesday that he has great faith in US President Donald Trump in ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while urging Israel not to “miss the opportunity to make peace.” When asked if there is any hope for a solution toContinue Reading »
Friday, 19 May 2017 | A delegation of Jordanian sheikhs representing several tribes across Jordanian society met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at the president’s residence Wednesday. Members of the Middle East Department, of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also participated in the meeting with the sheikhs. The sheikhs are visiting Israel for fiveContinue Reading »
Thursday, 18 May 2017 | Israel calls it HaKotel HaMa’aravi, the most significant and holy site in all of Judaism, the focal point of the Jewish faith for nearly 2,000 years. The Palestinians hail it as their inherited own and vehemently deny the plethora of evidence testifying to Jewish ties. The United Nations Educational, ScientificContinue Reading »
Thursday, 18 May 2017 | The Ministry of Construction and Housing is working alongside the city of Jerusalem to consolidate a construction plan to build over 28,000 apartments in the capital over the next decade. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to present US President Donald Trump with the plan at the latter’s visit toContinue Reading »
A quiet chuckle and a smile from Donald Trump stood out during his first face-to-face press conference with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in February. Of course, laughter can be the joint expression of joy or a false effort to appear humored—and relationships between Israel and the United States have sometimes felt like just that dichotomyContinue Reading »
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