The Saudi official called Palestinian leadership “irresponsible” by ignoring President Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’, that includes a “clear path leading to complete Palestinian independence,” asking rhetorically, “Maybe it is hard for them to part with the character of the ever-suffering victim and they don’t believe they could survive without it?”
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“History and Allah brought a real opportunity,” a top-ranking Saudi diplomat told Israelis via an interview in Globes on Friday. “The blood conflict had lasted too long. Us Saudis and all Gulf States plus Egypt and Jordan realize that the age of going to war with Israel is over.” Continue Reading »
Jordanian diplomat caught ‘red-handed’ sneaking smartphones and gold bars through border with Israel, just a month after EU diplomat caught with near identical contraband.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Customs inspectors caught a Jordanian diplomat red handed trying to sneak dozens of kilograms of gold and hundreds of smartphones into Israel, in a near identical incident to a smuggling attempt in the car of a European Union (EU) representative just a month ago.
Smuggled smartphones – Photo: Courtesy Israel Tax Authority
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In the thwarted smuggling on Sunday, Israeli inspectors at the Allenby Bridge Crossing on the Jordan border near Jericho found the illegal goods in the private car of a Jordanian diplomat who serves at the Jordanian embassy, as he crossed in to Israel.
The hundreds of smartphones, undeclared gold bouillon, & illegal drugs were discovered by customs officials as the European Union diplomat and his driver attempted an impromptu entry into Israel from Jordan.
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A European Union diplomat was caught attempting to smuggled bricks of pure gold, jewelry, hundreds of smartphones, and dozens of kilograms of steroids into Israel on Thursday at Allenby Crossing.
Contraband seized from EU vehicle at Allenby Bridge. – Photo: CUSTOMS AUTHORITY
The goods were discovered by customs officials in the vehicle of the European Union representative, as the representative and his driver attempted to enter into Israel from Jordan by means of the Allenby Crossing, near Jericho. Continue Reading »
The report alleges European officials warned Lebanon’s Shiite Islamic group of Israel’s intent to respond heavily on Hezbollah, in Lebanon & in Syria, if attacked.
According to the report, a European official said that foreign officials had warned Hezbollah that Israel appeared prepared to deal heavy blows to the group in both Lebanon and Syria if the Jewish state was to come under attack.
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Monday declared that there was “no doubt” that Israel was behind the strike that killed Kuntar and accused Israel of firing guided missiles at the building in which the top commander lived, also killing eight additional people. Continue Reading »
New Israeli chargé d’affaires Amira Oron will have to deal with the country’s most sensitive situations: Israel’s assertion that Turkey is hosting Hamas officials, Erdogan’s accusations Israel is a terrorist state and the Mavi Marmara incident.
By Itamar Eichner
In an unusual move, the Foreign Ministry recently decided to appoint a woman as chargé d’affaires at the Israeli Embassy in Turkey.
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The diplomatic crisis between Israel and Turkey in the wake of the Mavi Marmara incident led then-Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to expel the Israeli ambassador and the Israeli embassy was downgraded to having a chargé d’affaires rather than an ambassador.
Turkish PM says in an exclusive interview with American journalist Charlie Rose, the only delay to assigning ambassadors & resuming diplomatic relations is final agreement on Turkish aide to Palestinians.
In an exclusive interview with American journalist Charlie Rose on Tuesday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that an agreement on compensation between Turkey and Israel had been reached and that normalization between the two countries was, “a matter of days, weeks” away. However, he also stated that discussions about Turkish humanitarian aide to Palestinians was holding up a finalization of the agreement.
Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan addresses members of the parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara on January 28, 2014 – Photo: Adem Altan /AFP
Israeli diplomatic officials disputed assertions by the Turkish media on Monday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was delaying approval of a compensation agreement with Turkey that would bring to an end the Mavi Marmara saga. Continue Reading »
Official protest over “ambiguous” remarks by Dutch gov’t comes day after Holland’s water-giant, Vitens, terminated cooperation agreement with Mekorot, Israel’s water corporation.
The Foreign Ministry summoned Dutch Ambassador Casper Veldkamp to protest what it said were “ambiguous” statements by the Dutch Foreign Ministry creating a pro-boycott atmosphere of Israel in the Netherlands, on Wednesday.
Dutch Ambassador Casper Veldkamp. – Photo: Courtesy
The protest came a day after the Dutch water-giant, Vitens, canceled cooperation with Israel’s water corporation Mekorot because of alleged infractions of international law.
Veldkamp met with Rafi Schutz, the Foreign Ministry’s deputy director-general for Europe. Continue Reading »
IDF reportedly drags French diplomat out of truck then seizes aid supply.
Reporter sees IDF soldiers throw sound grenades at group of EU diplomats, aid workers, & locals in West Bank.
Israeli soldiers seized on Friday a truck full of tents and emergency aid that European diplomats had been trying to deliver to Palestinians whose homes were demolished this week, Reuters reported.
French diplomat dragged out of truck – Photo: Reuters
Soldiers were reportedly throwing sound grenades at a group of diplomats, aid workers and locals in the West Bank, and pulling a French diplomat out of the truck before driving away with its contents. Continue Reading »
The 1st Israeli embassy in a Muslim country to be headed by all women mission will be in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
By Yossi Aloni
Two female Israeli diplomats will soon begin their mission in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, a Muslim state in central Asia.
Carmela Shamir will become the first female Israeli ambassador to a Muslim state – Photo Israel Today
The appointment marks two historic firsts:
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- Carmela Shamir will become the first female Israeli ambassador to a Muslim state;
- With her deputy, Hagit Muallem, also being a woman, the mission to Tashkent will become the first Israeli embassy in a Muslim state completely in female hands.