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Palestinians, Jordan bluffing on Israeli sovereignty, former US officials say

With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pushing ahead with plans to apply sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and parts of Judea and Samaria, there are concerns being raised that it could ignite tensions with the Palestinians and neighboring Jordanians. Both outcomes are extremely unlikely, however, according to former senior US officials with vast experience in […]

Chabad rabbis hear the dangers of the US peace plan

Members of the Chabad Rabbinical High Court visited the city of Hevron last night to hold a prayer at for the health of Jews throughout the world in wake of the coronavirus. During the visit, the rabbis met with the heads of the local Jewish community, who presented them with the map of the “Deal […]

Shaked: Trump is a true friend of Israel

Yamina MK Ayelet Shaked emphasized that US President Donald Trump “is a true friend of Israel.” “We deeply appreciate all that he has done for Israel in the diplomatic, security & legal arenas- & so much more,” Shaked tweeted Wednesday evening. “We can debate when & how Israel should apply sovereignty. But Trump’s friendship & […]

Netanyahu urges doubtful settler chiefs to get behind ‘historic’ West Bank plan

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told recalcitrant settler leaders Tuesday they should get behind the “historic opportunity” to annex parts of the West Bank under the Trump administration’s peace plan. Netanyahu also said he is committed to negotiating with the Palestinians on the basis of the US proposal, his office said. The sides met at the […]

Can PM Netanyahu move on sovereignty without the Trump peace plan?

“The prime minister reiterates that he is committed to conducting negotiations on the basis of the Trump plan, and at the same time will continue with his sovereignty plan.” This statement was put out by Binyamin Netanyahu’s office on Wednesday, June 2. On Tuesday, he met with Judea and Samaria settlement leaders and other critics […]

Settler mayor: If Netanyahu won’t reveal annexation plan, we’ll ‘blow it up’

A prominent settler leader told The Times of Israel Wednesday that he and his colleagues are prepared to “blow up” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to annex their towns in the West Bank — if the premier persists in refusing to share a map a joint US-Israeli committee is currently drawing up to delineate the […]

US ‘highly unlikely’ to back July 1 annexation, ToI told; mapping far from done

The US administration is highly unlikely to approve an Israeli move to unilaterally annex parts of the West Bank by the July 1 date envisioned by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a well-placed source told The Times of Israel on Wednesday. In fact, it could take long weeks and possibly even several months before the joint […]

Behind the US peace plan: Why Mahmoud Abbas is in the ‘hot seat’

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been meeting with leaders of the Yesha Council in an attempt to resolve disagreements over the proposed map outlining the borders of a prospective Palestinian state. Netanyahu’s efforts come among stark interim opposition to the US peace plan, by some settler leaders, led by David Elhayani, Yesha Council Chairman, […]

Wisconsin city refuses to arrest rioters, but hands out hefty fines to churches with more than 50 worshippers

There have been violent riots in Wisconsin’s capital of Madison, where a group of about 150 demonstrators threw rocks at police officers on Saturday night, according to WITI-TV. At least 75 stores were damaged or looted overnight. Despite the bedlam and property damage, the Madison Police Department only made three arrests. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel politics and […]

Coronavirus: Trump terminates US relationship with WHO

The president has accused the WHO of failing to hold Beijing to account over the coronavirus pandemic. “China has total control over the World Health Organization,” the president said while announcing measures aimed at punishing Beijing. Washington will redirect funds to other bodies, he said. The WHO, a UN agency that helps countries promote healthcare […]