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Saudi diplomat slams Abbas’ rejection of Trump’s plans for statehood

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?”



“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 »

Israel arrests Norwegian embassy driver for attempt to smuggle out antiquities


Norwegian Embassy chauffeur, Issa Najam of East Jerusalem, was stopped and arrested while attempting to leave the country, while driving a senior Norwegian diplomat in official diplomatic vehicle.

By i24news


Hidden Antiquities found in a Norwegian diplomatic vehicle on May 31, 2016, at the Allenby – Israel Tax Authority

A chauffeur for Israel’s Norwegian Embassy was arrested last week at the Allenby Crossing to Jordan for allegedly trying to smuggle 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of antiquities out of the country, the Times of Israel reported on Monday, citing a Tax Authority statement.

The driver, named as Issa Najam of East Jerusalem, was stopped at the crossing while in an official diplomatic vehicle and accompanied by a senior Norwegian diplomat, according to the Times of Israel. Continue Reading »

Jordanian diplomat nabbed smuggling into Israel month after EU diplomat caught


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

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.
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Israel customs officials discover EU diplomat’s car with smuggled gold bars and steroids




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 »

REPORT: European Diplomats urge Hezbollah to reconsider attacking Israel in revenge for Kuntar


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.

By i24news


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 »

Jerusalem appoints female chargé d’affaires to Israel’s embassy in Turkey

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.

Amira Oron

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.

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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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Erdoğan: Agreement with Israel almost reached; normalization a matter of days, weeks

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.

Turkish PM Erdogan

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 »

Dutch ambassador summon to Foreign Ministry to explain ‘pro-boycott atmosphere’ in Holland

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.

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 »

1st Israeli Gov’t Minister Enters Turkey Since 2010


Israeli Minister Amir Peretz flies to Turkey to attend the United Nations sponsored conference about Mediterranean marine & coastal environmental issues.

Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz flew to Istanbul on Wednesday, becoming the first Israeli cabinet minister to visit Turkey since ties ruptured in 2010 over a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla.
Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz - Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post

Environmental Protection Minister Amir Peretz – Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post

An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters Peretz was attending a four-day UN sponsored conference about Mediterranean marine and coastal environment issues.

Confirming a report on Israel’s Channel 2 television, the official said Peretz was the highest-ranking Israeli in Turkey since ties soured after IDF commandos killed nine Turkish activists three years ago when their vessel violated an Israeli blockade on Hamas Islamist-ruled Gaza.

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Renegade French Diplomat Recalled After Striking Policeman


Recalled to France: Envoy wasn’t being diplomatic when she punched Border Policeman after being pulled from truck delivering U.N. aid.





Israel and France have averted a diplomatic crisis by agreeing that a French diplomat, who hit an IDF soldier after she was dragged from a vehicle delivering aid to Palestinians, should return to Paris.

Renegade diplomat, Marion Castaing attacks Policeman

The incident in the West Bank one week ago had the potential to escalate, with Israel considering expelling her and aid groups privately pressing Paris and other European countries involved to protest at the treatment of their diplomats.

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IDF seizes EU diplomats’ supplies & French diplomat dragged out of truck

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.

By Reuters

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 »

Israel Assigns 1st all Female Ambassadorial Staff to Muslim Country

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

Carmela Shamir will become the first female Israeli ambassador to a Muslim state – Photo Israel Today

The appointment marks two historic firsts:

  • 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.
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