Tag: United States

US envoy said to ask State Department to stop calling West Bank ‘occupied’

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has reportedly asked the US State Department to stop using the term “occupied” in official documents referring to Israeli control over the West Bank. According to a report by the Kan public broadcaster on Tuesday, the State Department refused.Get The Times of Israel’s Daily Edition by email and never […]

North Korea brands Trump’s US security report ‘criminal’

North Korea has branded a US security document citing the possible use of “overwhelming force” against Pyongyang as “criminal”, state media report.Its foreign ministry accused President Donald Trump of seeking “the total subordination of the world” with his new US national security strategy.Mr Trump said on Monday that Washington had to deal with the challenge […]

Trump officially recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, orders embassy move for US

President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying it’s time to “acknowledge the obvious” as he ordered the State Department to begin moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.“I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” the president said during a speech […]

US declares NKorea a terror sponsor; new sanctions expected

President Donald Trump announced Monday the U.S. is putting North Korea’s “murderous regime” on America’s terrorism blacklist, despite questions about Pyongyang’s support for international attacks beyond the assassination of its leader’s half brother in February. Trump said the designation as a state sponsor of terror was long overdue, and he promised a new wave of […]

NYC terror attack leaves 8 dead, several injured; suspect’s notes pledged ISIS loyalty

The man accused of plowing into New York pedestrians Tuesday had a printout of an ISIS flag in his car and left behind handwritten notes pledging his loyalty to the Islamic State, as a clearer picture emerged Wednesday morning of Sayfullo Saipov’s alleged links to the terror group.Saipov, 29, is originally from Uzbekistan and is […]

As North Korea threat looms, US Navy tests ballistic missile shootdown capability

More than a dozen NATO warships participated in the successful shoot-down of a ballistic missile target near Scotland on Sunday, the latest such test of defensive measures amid North Korea’s advancing nuke and missile programs.The live-fire exercise included 14 NATO warships, according to a statement from the U.S. Navy. During the maneuver, USS Donald Cook, […]

PA: Israel is thwarting Trump’s efforts to renew negotiations

The Palestinian Authority blamed Israel for continued “colonialist” activity on “occupied Palestinian land”, taking place in parallel with an “escalation” in statements from the Israel’s right-wing government supporting “settlements” and opposing peace.This policy, according to the PA, stands in stark contrast to the desire of the international community for peace, and expresses Israel’s continued disobedience […]

Israeli minister hits out at Trump for stalling on US embassy move

A senior Israeli minister has broken ranks to criticise Donald Trump for failing to deliver on his election campaign promise to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, after the Trump administration suggested over the weekend there was little chance of the mission being relocated in the near future.Ze’ev Elkin, minister for Jerusalem […]

Israel asks US to plumb real motive behind Sisi-sponsored Palestinian talks

Israel was startled by the Egyptian president’s comment that the Palestinian reconciliation process he is brokering would lead to peace with Israel.Abdel Fatteh El-Sisi put it this way in an interview on Sunday, Oct. 8: “The Egyptian moves aimed at helping the Palestinian brothers to start a new stage of unity of the Palestinian ranks […]

Khamenei: America and Israel seek to create ‘new Israel’

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Wednesday equated Kurdish independence with the establishment of a “new Israel” in the region.Speaking after a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran and quoted by Reuters, Khamenei said the two countries should prevent Iraq’s Kurdistan region from declaring independence.“Turkey and Iran must take necessary measures […]