Highlighting common interests with Israel, Saudi commentator Abdulhameed AlHakeem says Saudi Arabia needs to “eradicate the culture of hatred for Jews in the Arab world,” by establishing full diplomatic ties with Israel, leading to the opening of embassies in Riyadh and Jerusalem.
By Israel Hayom Staff
A senior Saudi commentator has called for establishing “peace with Israel” and ending the hatred of Jews in the Arab world, the Middle East Media Research Institute reported Thursday.
In a series of recent tweets, Abdulhameed AlHakeem, until recently the director of the Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Studies in the Saudi port city of Jeddah, expressed support for Israel’s right to exist, congratulated the Jewish state on its 70th anniversary and acknowledged Israel’s historical link to Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration plans to retrofit an existing facility in Jerusalem into an embassy with the goal of moving its staff there from Tel Aviv in 2019, US officials said on Thursday.
U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Israel – U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Israel Facebook page
The New York Times and Wall Street Journal quoted US officials on record, who said the State Department plans to reconfigure an existing consular facility that the US has operated out of Arnona in West Jerusalem since 1948. Continue Reading »
• Abbas spokesman confirms Trump informed PA autocrat of intention to deliver on campaign pledge.
• Abbas threatens ‘serious consequences’ for move.
• President Trump calls to inform PM Netanyahu of decision.
• White House spokeswoman said Trump informed Mideast Leaders.
A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday that President Donald Trump informed him in a telephone conversation that he intends to move the US embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, prompting the Palestinian leader to warn him of the “dangerous consequences” of such as step.
Trump planned to hold, or held, telephone conversations on Tuesday with a number of Middle East leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, in advance of his expected announcement about the US embassy in Israel.
Just a day before Israel’s TV News reported the White House may formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital early next week, U.S. Vice President Pence said that President Trump was ”actively considering” relocating the embassy to Jerusalem.
US President Donald Trump may formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital early next week and direct his staff to prepare for moving the embassy to Jerusalem, Channel 2 News reported Wednesday night.
VP Pence with President Trump. – Screen Shot: White House/YouTube
Testifying before the US congress, Israel’s former U.N. ambassador details the historic failures of the UN & Palestinians in protecting religious sites in Jerusalem, and pointed out “arrangements for the holy city that plainly have not worked in the past, will undoubtedly fail in the future… Only a free and democratic Israel will protect Jerusalem for all the great faiths.”
By Shlomo Cesana and Israel Hayom Staff
Dr. Dore Gold, president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and former Israeli ambassador the United Nations, addressed the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Security on Wednesday under the title of “Moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem: Challenges and Opportunities.” Continue Reading »
WATCH VIDEO: Head of Republicans Overseas Israel explains how President Trump’s first wants an opportunity for Israel and the Sunni states to get together against the Iranian threat, both on the nuclear level and on the geopolitical level, before ruffling Palestinian feathers.
By Eliran Baruch
Attorney Mark Zell, the head of Republicans Overseas Israel, said the US President Donald Trump still fully intends to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“He is probably the only president since President Clinton in the 1990s who is intending to move the embassy to Jerusalem,” he said.
“He also has to deal with reality as he finds it,” Zell said, explaining why the embassy has not yet been moved. Continue Reading »
Speaking with former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, Trump says he first wants to try and forge peace between Israel and the Palestinians before working on his campaign pledge to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. When asked about a timeframe, President Trump answered, ‘We’re going to make a decision in the not too distant future.’ – Watch entire interview.
President Donald Trump said in an interview broadcast on Saturday that he wanted to give a shot at achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians before moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
In June Trump signed a temporary order to keep the US embassy in Tel Aviv, despite a campaign promise he made to move it to Jerusalem.
In anticipation to President Trump’s arrival, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan & Egypt claim to promote a peace deal at a meeting in Amman, and expressed opposition to “unilateral steps in Jerusalem,” but went on to declare east Jerusalem ‘capital of Palestine.’
By Roi Kais, Elior Levy and Moran Azulay
In anticipation of US President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia, pressure is mounting on him to start a diplomatic process and leave the American Embassy in Tel Aviv. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday told NBC’s Meet the Press that the though US Embassy would move to Jerusalem, the president wanted to know how such a move would affect the peace process. Continue Reading »
According to Marc Zell, co-chair of Republicans Overseas in Israel, “there is no change in the President’s policy regarding the moving of the Embassy to Jerusalem,” adding that the Embassy move would happen in a quiet manner.
By Benny Tocker
Marc Zell, the co-chair of Republicans Overseas in Israel, on Wednesday said there was no truth to the reports that President Donald Trump had decided that the United States Embassy in Israel would remain in Tel Aviv.
“According to my sources, there is no change in the President’s policy regarding the moving of the Embassy to Jerusalem, and according to what I know, there is no intention of extending the waiver ordering that the Embassy remain in Tel Aviv,” Zell told Arutz Sheva, adding that the Embassy move would happen in a quiet manner. Continue Reading »
Previous threats of violence from Palestinian and Jordanian leaders have not stopped moving the embassy, but could spark violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories, as a way the Palestinian leadership maintains the status quo.
An official United States delegation led by Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL) is briefly visiting Israel on Saturday and Sunday to study the possibility of relocating the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“The delegation is in Jerusalem to learn first hand what it will mean to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” said Ruth Lieberman, a friend of DeSantis and a political advisor in Israel. Continue Reading »
Sky News Arabic reported on Tuesday, that Morocco’s King Mohammed VI warned the U.S. that moving their embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would have “grave repercussions on security & peace” in the region and “the entire world.”
Relocating the embassy “would undermine efforts for the just settlement of the Palestinian issue, as well as result in disastrous repercussions on security and peace in the Middle East region and the entire world,” the King’s message said, according to the report.
The King also wrote a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, said Sky News, in which he vowed that Morocco holds a “deep belief in justice for the Palestinian cause and that what they have done to the city of Jerusalem is of utmost importance.” Continue Reading »
Although furious that the new US Ambassador plans to live in Jerusalem, the Palestinians hint at global terrorism should President Trump keep his promise to relocate American Embassy to Israel’s capital.
By Israel Today Staff
The new US Ambassador to Israel under President Donald Trump will reside and work in Jerusalem, even if the embassy is still officially in Tel Aviv.
David Friedman is yet to receive Senate approval for his new posting, but has already confirmed that he’ll spend most of his time in Israel’s real capital.
Contrary to previous US administration’s opinion, Jerusalem is not a ‘settlement’…but the eternal capital of Israel.
Jordan’s Information Minister warned moving the embassy could affect relations between the U.S. and Jordan, stressing the move would be a “red line” and there will be “catastrophic” repercussions if Trump moves the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
By Elad Benari
Jordan’s government spokesman warned on Thursday of “catastrophic” repercussions if President-elect Donald Trump follows through with his campaign pledge to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Current location of the Embassy of the United States in Tel Aviv, Israel – Wikimedia Commons
Trump repeatedly promised during the campaign to move the embassy if elected. Continue Reading »
As Palestinian leaders have been threatening the US with global “chaos, lawlessness & extremism” should the President-elect relocate the US Embassy to the Jewish Capital, a cross-section of Palestinians expressed overwhelming apathy, while left-wing Jerusalem bureaucrats are unimpressed with Trump, or his policy.
While much of the world expresses outrage that the US Embassy may relocate to Jerusalem under President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration, a cross-section of Palestinians outside the Old City’s Damascus Gate on Wednesday expressed overwhelming apathy.
Embassy of the United States in Tel Aviv, Israel – Wikimedia Commons
Indeed, more than two dozen Arab passersby of all ages entering or exiting the once volatile east Jerusalem entrance either said they were unaware of the proposal or simply did not care. Continue Reading »
Saeb Erekat continues to do what he does best – bully & threaten the world with “chaos, lawlessness & extremism.” This time, he says PLO will revoke its recognition of Israel, along with other harsh consequences, should Trump move the US embassy to Jerusalem.
Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat warned on Monday that if the US embassy will be moved to Jerusalem by the incoming Trump administration PLO will revoke its recognition of Israel and that other harsh consequences may follow.
According to The Times of Israel Erekat spoke at a conference call organized by the Wilson Center policy forum in Washington, DC regarding expectations from the Trump administration, and warned of the many consequences of President-elect Donald Trump’ honoring his campaign pledge and relocating the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
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