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TRUMP announces Muslim majority Sudan to open ties with Israel


President Donald Trump’s decision to remove Sudan from the US terrorism blacklist initiated the momentum for this African country to become the third Arab state to reach a deal on normalization with Israel within mere weeks.



US President Donald Trump on Friday spoke with the leaders of Israel and Sudan as the two countries announced their plan to normalize relations, adding that he expected the Palestinians and other nations to also agree to closer ties in coming months.

In a telephone call with Trump held in front of reporters at the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also welcomed what he called a rapidly expanding circle of peace. Continue Reading »

Former Pakistani president calls for diplomatic ties with Israel

Speaking in Dubai, former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf, who established contact with the Jewish State in 2005 via Jack Rosen, a U.S. businessman, told a journalist that there is no harm in establishing diplomatic relations with Israel.

By Kaswar Klasra, The Media Line


ISLAMABAD — Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf believes it’s time for Pakistan to consider establishing ties with Israel.

He was speaking at a press conference on February 22 in Dubai, where he has been living in self-exile to avoid what he believes are politically motivated court cases back home.

Pakistan Passport, ‘not valid for travel to Israel’ – Twitter

“There is no harm to establish a relationship with Israel,” Musharraf said, adding that “it will help Pakistan counter India” by accessing an “elite club” of “influential” nations. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu secures new Islamic ties through strength, not political weakness

With PM Netanyahu’s breakthrough diplomatic achievements with Abu Dhabi and Oman under its belt, Israel’s gov’t is now looking to normalize an open relationship with Saudi Arabia.

By Ryan Jones


For decades it has been assumed that Israel must bend over backwards in order to convince the Arab world to make peace with it. Israeli concessions and “goodwill gestures” were always the order of the day when it came to negotiations, be they with the Palestinians, or other Arab neighbors.

But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has in recent years demonstrated that the above formula is not the only way forward. Continue Reading »

India’s PM Modi visited Israel never saying ‘Palestinians’ once… for a reason


Unlike many of the Western European countries, India does not engage in “megaphone diplomacy,” rather it deals with issues quietly, behind the scenes, not in the full glare of camera lights, and not hypocritically lecturing others in public.



Narendra Modi, who departed Israel on Thursday after being the first-ever Indian prime minister to visit, spent 49 hours in the country, participated in more than a dozen events, and spoke publicly five times.

And never once did he publicly utter the word “Palestinians.”

Modi and Netanyahu wading on the beach. – Photo- KOBI GIDEON/GPO

There are many reasons why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must have hated to see the departure of his Indian counterpart, the leader of the world’s largest democracy with whom he waded barefoot into the Mediterranean on Thursday. Continue Reading »

Israel’s ambassador to New Zealand returns to Wellington, ending diplomatic dispute


After the two leaders spoke on the phone earlier this week, New Zealand’s PM wrote in a letter to Netanyahu, “I regret the damage done to Israel-New Zealand relations as a result of New Zealand proposing Resolution 2334 at the Security Council.”

By Reuters


Israel said on Tuesday its ambassador to New Zealand will return to his post, ending a six-month rift in relations over a United Nations resolution against Israeli settlements on territory which Palestinians seek for a state.Israel recalled the ambassador in December after New Zealand, Malaysia, Venezuela and Senegal sponsored a UN Security Council resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlement activity .

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It’s Official: Israel and Guinea Finalize Diplomatic Ties!


With the intentions of supporting each other in world forums and on the war on terror, Israel’s Foreign Ministry Director General met with Guinea’s president to finalize ambassadorial appointments, a formality not undertaken since Guinea cut ties with Israel in 1967.

By Shlomo Cesana


Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold met with Guinean President Alpha Conde and 10 of his ministers, including the foreign, defense, finance, energy, and development ministers, in the West African country’s capital of Conakry on Monday.

Guinea - Google Maps

During the meeting, they finalized the process of appointing mutual ambassadors with government officials.

The meeting also focused on the war on terror and the two countries’ commitments to support each other in international forums. Continue Reading »

The Muslim African country of Guinea signs diplomatic relations with Israel


In a bi-lateral agreement signed in Paris, the sub-Saharan Muslim state of Guinea commenced diplomatic relations with Israel on Wednesday after severing ties in 1967.

By Michael Zeff/TPS


Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold and the secretary of the Guinean president signed an official agreement establishing diplomatic ties on Wednesday evening in Paris.

Foreign Ministry Chairman Dore Gold opened relations with the African nation of Guinea

The Republic of Guinea, a Muslim country in sub-Saharan West Africa, used to be a territory within French West Africa. The state was established in 1958 after it gained independence from France. Continue Reading »

Major shift against Palestinians seen in several international forums


view videoExcept for kick-starting the French initiative, which has of yet yielded any significant difference, the Palestinian leadership is experiencing a number of setbacks with a few of its international partners.



Since the failure of the latest round of peace talks in May 2014, the Palestinian leadership has renewed its international strategy to achieve statehood. Its efforts have focused on joining international institutions such as the International Criminal Court and gaining support abroad for its political positions. While the Palestinian leadership has achieved some successes, such as kick-starting the French initiative, more recently it has experienced a number of setbacks with its international partners. Continue Reading »

Only Out of Their Love For Israel – The Jewish State’s Honorary Consuls


Despite not being Israeli citizens, some 77 Jewish & Christian figures around the globe serve as honorary consuls for the State of Israel.

By Yossi Aloni


They are the long arm of Israeli diplomacy, and they aren’t even Israeli citizens. They help foster strong relations, and open doors that would otherwise be shut. They are motivated by love for Israel, and, no, they receive no monetary compensation. In fact, they invest much of their own time and money to fulfill their important diplomat mission.

Israel’s honorary consuls meet with President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem. – Photo: Chaim Tzach

Introducing the honorary consuls of the State of Israel, a total of 77 specifically accredited persons, many of them non-Israeli Jews, but also including a large number of Bible-believing Christians.

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Israeli Arab envoy to Norway calls for disbanding idea of ‘Nakba’ that stifles closure


Watch: Deputy Ambassador George Deek says, “To me it seems the Nakba has been transformed from a humanitarian issue to a political one, to perpetuate the current situation…. It is time to put the hatred and alienation behind us.”

By Shlomo Cesana


Israeli Deputy Ambassador to Norway George Deek is a Christian Arab has called on disbanding the notion of the Nakba, or “Catastrophe,” as many Arab nations refer to Israel’s establishment in 1948.

Israeli Deputy Ambassador to Norway George Deek – Photo: George Deek

Deek, the son of refugees from Jaffa, has lectured throughout Europe on his family’s history, and has called on others who left or were deported from Jaffa after 1948 to let go of the Nakba concept.

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Norwegian Foreign Minister & Lieberman run for shelter in Ashkelon as Gaza rocket explodes


Touring Ashkelon with Norwegian counterpart, FM Lieberman says Israel doesn’t need to control Gaza or build Jewish settlements, just eliminate Hamas.

By Itay Blumental, Attila Somfalvi


Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende were forced to run for cover Wednesday, when a rocket fired by Gaza militants struck a building in Ashkelon during their visit to the city.

Borge (left) and Lieberman tour Ashkelon (Photo: Yaron Sharon)

Borge (left) and Lieberman tour Ashkelon – Photo: Yaron Sharon

Lieberman had taken his Scandinavian counterpart to the city, which has been battered by rockets from Gaza, and the two top diplomats ran when the siren sounded. No one was hurt in the attack. Continue Reading »

Micronesia Presents Israel’s President with an Island


During a ceremony when President Peres received Letters of Credence from 4 new ambassadors, the Micronesian envoy gushed with love & praise for Israel.

By Yossi Aloni


New ambassadors from Hungary, Serbia Turkmenistan and the tiny island nation of Micronesia recently submitted their credentials to President Shimon Peres at an official ceremony in Jerusalem.

Micronesia Gives Shimon Peres an Island

Ambassador Asterio R. Takesy from Micronesia presents credentials to Israel’s President Shimon Peres – Photo: Mark Neiman/GPO

In light of the special frienship that has blossomed between Israel and Micronesia – which has a strong record of voting in favor of the Jewish state at the United Nations – Ambassador Asterio R. Continue Reading »

Netanyahu Angry over EU ‘Hypocrisy’ on Settlements while ignoring Arab Incitement

After Israeli envoys in Europe were called to explain new settlement construction, Netanyahu quips, ‘When did the EU summon the Palestinian ambassadors over their incitement calls for Israel’s destruction?’

By Gil Ronen and AFP


Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu slammed the European Union Thursday for summoning envoys over recently unveiled plans for some 1,800 new homes for Jews in the ancient Jewish capital of Jerusalem, and the Biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria.

“This is hypocrisy. The EU calls our ambassadors in because of the construction of a few houses? When did the EU call in the Palestinian ambassadors about incitement that calls for Israel’s destruction?” Continue Reading »

REPORT: Netanyahu & Abbas Holding Secret Back-Channel Diplomacy


Israel’s Daily Yedioth Ahronoth, reveals Israeli Prime Minister, Palestinian President have been engaging in back-channel dialogue through their perspective representatives in London for several years now.

By Nahum Barnea

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas have been maintaining a secret channel of talks for several years now, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Thursday.

Netanyahu and Abbas. Informal dialogue (Archive photo: Reuters)

Netanyahu and Abbas. Informal dialogue – Archive photo: Reuters

Attorney Yitzhak Molcho, Netanyahu’s confidant, has been traveling to London from time to time and meeting with one of Abbas’ associates. This back-channel diplomacy includes an exchange of messages and ideas and is aimed at solving problems troubling both sides. Continue Reading »

Bad news for Hamas: Egyptian gov’t designates Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group


New policy comes just days after suicide bomb that killed 16 at an Egyptian Police station.

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claims responsibility for this week’s attack.



The Egyptian government intensified its crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood on Wednesday, formally listing the group as a terrorist organization after accusing it of carrying out a suicide bomb attack on a police station that killed 16 people.

Muslim Brotherhood

The Brotherhood on Tuesday condemned the attack in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, north of Cairo. Earlier on Wednesday, a Sinai-based Islamist group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for the attack that also wounded some 140 people. Continue Reading »