Tag: Middle East

Ambassador Friedman in Washington to Plan ‘Peace Deal of the Century’

US ambassador to Israel David Friedman has been called for urgent discussions on the Middle East peace plan at the White House and will therefore be absent from a conference of the American Jewish Committee in Jerusalem, Israel Hayom reported Sunday night.Ambassador Friedman left a recorded greeting for the conference delegates, saying, “I’m sorry I cannot […]

Israel participating in two large scale military drills in Europe

Israel is participating for the first time in two simultaneous large-scale international exercises in Europe, the IDF Spokesperson’s Office announced on Monday.IDF paratroopers will participate in the Swift Response exercise, which will be held in Germany, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, with the participation of a paratroopers unit that will train with the 173rd Brigade of […]

Israel launches counterattacks in Gaza amid soaring tensions

Israel’s military has launched a series of air strikes on Palestinian positions in Gaza after a barrage of rocket fire – the biggest in years – from the Strip amid soaring frustration in the coastal enclave over a crippling 12-year Israeli-imposed siege.Israeli warplanes on Tuesday hit more than 35 targets belonging to Hamas and Islamic […]

White House pushes ahead with Mideast peace plan

The Trump administration is aiming to roll out its much-hyped but long-delayed Middle East peace plan next month amid signs it may further alienate the Palestinians by slashing millions of dollars in funding for humanitarian and development projects in the West Bank and Gaza.Five U.S. officials and a congressional aide say the administration intends to […]

Paraguay officially moves embassy to Jerusalem: ‘We have no better friend,’ Netanyahu says

Paraguay officially moved its country’s embassy to Jerusalem on Monday, with President Horacio Cartes in Israel for the ceremony, also attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Paraguay is now the third country to move its embassy to Jerusalem, following the United States and Guatemala. The inauguration ceremony took place at noon at the embassy’s new home […]

Jared Kushner Drafting Final White House Mideast Peace Plan

On the eve of the opening of the controversial new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is completing the administration’s peace plan and weighs releasing it to the public, according to an Axios report Sunday.Kushner arrived Sunday in Israel at noon local time with the U.S. delegation that included Deputy Secretary […]

Israel fears ‘explosion of violence’ as US prepares to open embassy in Jerusalem

Police in Israel have started patrols and security sweeps of a southern Jerusalem neighbourhood, anxiously preparing for a US embassy inauguration that Israelis and Palestinians fear may launch a week of violence.The move on 14 May will mark the start of a potentially volatile week when Israel will celebrate its 70th anniversary and Palestinians mark […]

Israeli official says Israel should welcome Trump peace plan

A top Israel official said Monday that his government has never had a more favorable ally in the White House than Donald Trump and therefore it should welcome his administration’s forthcoming peace plan regardless of its content.Michael Oren, the deputy minister for diplomacy in the prime minister’s office, said the U.S. president’s much-anticipated plan will […]

Israeli Source: Trump Will Unveil Peace Plan After Embassy Move

President Donald Trump will unveil his long-gestating peace plan after the U.S. opens its new embassy in Jerusalem, an Israeli source stated on Saturday.Media reports have indicated that Trump’s plan is finished, but until now there have been no indications as to when it might be made public.Israel’s Channel Two cites a “senior political source” saying that the […]

Israel ‘completely surprised’ to hear Trump may attend Jerusalem embassy opening

Israeli officials professed themselves “completely surprised” Saturday by US  President Donald Trump’s remark Friday that he might travel to Israel next month for the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem.Standing next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a White House press conference, Trump responded to a question from the Christian Broadcasting Network over […]