The Azerbaijani leader reveled to a visiting American Rabbi that officials from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan “are looking for his guidance on how to navigate being a Muslim country committed to Islam, and at the same time reaching out and supporting Israel.”
By HERB KEINON
Saudi, Pakistani, Afghani and Emirati officials are asking Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev about how to balance their identities as Muslim countries with a relationship with Israel, the Azerbaijani leader told an American rabbi on Monday.
Rabbi Marc Schneier , who met with Aliyev in Baku, said the Azerbaijani leader told him – without going into names – that officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and Pakistan “are looking for his guidance on how to navigate being a Muslim country committed to Islam, and at the same time reaching out and supporting Israel.”
President Ilham Aliyev – Official website of President of Azerbaijan
Schneier quoted Aliyev as saying that he told the officials that it is possible to “do both, that you are not going to get punished – he used those words – that you can find the right balance, and that the fact that I am being asked about this is indicative of a certain movement of the Muslim world now toward Israel.”
Schneier said Aliyev did not provide specifics about the identity of the officials he was referring to. Continue Reading »
US President Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Middle East special envoy Jason Greenblatt lead conference of intel chiefs from moderate Arab countries, that included the head of Israel’s Mossad.
By Nitzan Keidar
Beneath the surface, relations between Israel and moderate Arab countries are growing, but a significant expression of this was given ten days ago at a secret and joint meeting of heads of intelligence agencies from all over the region.
The conference was initiated by senior adviser and son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, and Middle East special envoy Jason Greenblatt.
Palestinian Authority security chief Majid Faraj (left) and Mossad head, Yossi Cohen by Kobi Gideon,GPO
The conference was attended by Jordanian General Intelligence chief Adnan al-Issam al-Jundi, General Abbas Kamel, head of the Egyptian Mukhabarat, Khaled bin Ali al-Humaidan, head of the Saudi intelligence agency, and Mossad chief Yossi Cohen. Continue Reading »
Despite angry protests at home over his visit to Israel a top Muslim leader from Indonesia’s 60-million-member Sunni organization, Nahdlatul Ulama, is scheduled to deliver a message of tolerance in Jerusalem.
By The Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff
A leader of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization is visiting Israel this week, braving angry protests at home in order to spread what he calls a message of interfaith compassion.
Yahya Staquf, secretary general of the 60 million-member Nahdlatul Ulama, a traditionalist Sunni Islam movement, is in Israel to attend the American Jewish Committee’s international conference in Jerusalem.
The world’s largest Muslim country, Indonesia does not maintain diplomatic relations with Israel, and strongly supports the Palestinians. Continue Reading »
Israel sent a message to Amman that Jerusalem will not allow the Red-Dead Sea Canal Project to begin unless Jordan reopens the Israeli embassy, closed after an Israeli security guard shot dead a Jordanian who reportedly attacked him with a screwdriver.
Some three months after an investigation was opened after an Israeli security guard fired at an armed Jordanian citizen, Israel is threatening to take economic measures against Amman.
According to a report by Hebrew media outlet Maariv, Israel has sent a clear message to Jordan in past days that Israel will not go through with the terms of the Red-Dead Sea Conveyance Project unless Jordan reopens the Israeli embassy. Continue Reading »
Signed by Jordan in 2015, President Trump’s US envoy Jason Greenblatt hailed the Palestinian signing of the historic water/power agreement by saying this deal “will lead to economic improvement in the lives of the Palestinians.”
By HERB KEINON
US Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt announced Thursday that Israel and the Palestinians have reached an agreement concerning the long-discussed Red Sea-Dead Sea Canal, which includes the sale of 33 million cubic meters of water to the Palestinian Authority to relieve the water situation there.
Greenblatt, at a press conference with Regional Cooperation Minister Tzahi Hanegbi and PA Water Authority head Mazen Ghuneim, said this agreement and the accord signed Monday between Israel and the PA that will significantly increase the power supply to Jenin are examples of how the two sides can cooperate to improve Palestinian living conditions. Continue Reading »
According to the Hindustan Times, PM Narendra Modi will come to Israel in early July– the 1st-ever visit to Israel by an Indian prime minister.
By HERB KEINON
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s long-awaited visit to Israel will take place on July 5-6, the Indian press reported on Thursday.
According to the Hindustan Times, Modi will come to Israel – a first-ever visit by an India prime minister – on his way to take part in the G-20 Summit in Hamburg on July 7-8.
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi welcomes Israeli President Reuven Ruvi Rivlin – Photo: מארק ניימן :PMO
The paper reported that G. Continue Reading »
The welcomed boom in tourism from China, with their increased spending over European tourists, have seen Israel’s hoteliers adapting, with changes in meals, accommodations, the color of flowers, and translated literature in the rooms to name a few.
By Amit Cotler
The Ministry of Tourism’s investment in promoting Israel in China has paid dividends, with a 68.6% increase from 2015 to 2016.
The ministry has invested nearly ten million shekels a year, and China’s largest private airline, Hainan, started offering flights to Israel.
A Hainan Airlines Airbus 330 – Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons/Paul Spijkers
The Ministry of Tourism’s data show that 79,268 tourists from China visited the Jewish state in 2016, but the ministry’s goal is to cross the 100,000 barrier in number of Chinese tourists per year. Continue Reading »
“Israel is a country in high demand, as you can see from my past visits to Washington, Moscow and other countries and now China,” PM Netanyahu said at Ben Gurion Int’l Airport, as he boarded his plane to Beijing.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in China on Sunday for a three-day visit aimed at boosting economic ties and marking 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mrs Sara Netanyahu are welcomed by an honor guard upon arrival in China. – Photo: Haim Zach/GPO
Netanyahu is scheduled to meet in Beijing with the country’s three senior-most officials: President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Li Keqiang, and China’s parliamentary head Zhang Dejiang. Continue Reading »
During PM Modi’s visit to meet with PM Netanyahu in Israel later this year, he is not scheduled for a courtesy stopover in the Palestinian territories.
– India’s Hindustan Times editorial also writes, Israel is “uniquely in the world, a partner in the development of India’s nuclear arsenal” and “strategically more trusted by India than any other country.”
By Erez Linn and Israel Hayom Staff
India’s Hindustan Times published an editorial on Monday praising Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intentions to strengthen overt ties with Israel.
Modi is expected to visit Israel later this year in a historic trip the newspaper says reflects the “sea change that has taken place between India and Israel” since the countries formalized relations in 1992. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Finance minister says bilateral construction labor deal with China will help address housing shortage by bolstering undermanned construction sector, facilitating shorter construction time that translates into lower prices.
By Israel Hayom Staff
Israel’s construction sector, which has long suffered from a lack of sufficient manpower, received a boost on Wednesday after an Israeli delegation signed a bilateral agreement with the Chinese government to bring more than 6,000 Chinese laborers to Israel in the next half year.
The agreement, which was signed following protracted negotiations, is slated to be made official in late February, the Israeli news portal Walla reported. Continue Reading »
Israelis are working with Muslim scientists on a landmark science project, and their collaborating colleagues are from Pakistan and Iran!
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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta commits to upgrading Israel’s status in the African Union since ‘it was critical for Africa to re-evaluate its relationship with Israel in order to better enable Africa to deal with common challenges in security & counter-terrorism.’
By HERB KEINON
NAIROBI — Kenya will work to restore Israel’s observer status at the African Union because Israel is a critical partner in the battle against terrorism, the most serious challenge facing the world today, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Tuesday.
Kenyatta said that the upgrading of Israel’s status in the pan-African body is critical not for Israel, “but for all those who see this [terrorism] as a common challenge. Continue Reading »
Following request from Cypriot government, PM Netanyahu dispatches Israeli firefighting aircraft to assist in dousing blaze.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Israel said Saturday it was sending firefighting planes to a blaze in Cyprus, returning the neighboring island’s helping hand when the Jewish state suffered a devastating forest fire in 2010.
A plane filmed battling the Carmel Forest fire in 2010. – Photo: יחידה אווירית
“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered that firefighting planes be sent to Cyprus to help put out a giant fire that is raging in Paphos,” on the island’s west coast, Netanyahu’s office said.
It said the decision followed a formal request from the Cyprus government. Continue Reading »