Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the first Israeli leader to officially visit Brazil, that it was a question of ‘when rather than if’ he moves the Latin American country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro told him that it was a matter of “when, not if” he moves his country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
The far-right Bolsonaro, who takes office on Tuesday and is hosting Netanyahu and the leaders of other counties for his inauguration, has said he would like to follow the lead of US President Donald Trump and move the embassy. Continue Reading »
Report: Honduras ready to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – but for a price.
By David Rosenberg
Honduras is prepared to relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – but at a price – according to a report by Channel 2 Sunday evening.
Lawmakers in the Central American nation of nine million backed the embassy move in April, passing a non-binding resolution calling on President Juan Orlando Hernandez to follow the US and Guatemala in moving their embassies to Jerusalem.
Netanyahu meets with President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández – Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO
According to Channel 2 Sunday, the Hernandez administration is prepared to move the Honduran embassy to Jerusalem, and as has even drawn up a plan for undertaking the move, with a possible site already chosen for a Jerusalem embassy. Continue Reading »
Arab League tells President-elect Jair Bolsonaro that relocating the embassy to Jerusalem would be considered a ‘violation of international law’ and could harm relations with the Arab world. • Brazil’s halal meat exporters’ lobby opposed embassy move.
By Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff
The Arab League has told Brazil’s right-wing President-elect Jair Bolsonaro that moving Brazil’s Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would be a setback for relations with Arab countries.
Such a move by Bolsonaro, who takes office on Jan. 1, would be a sharp shift in Brazilian foreign policy.
Brazil’s new President-elect Jair Bolsonaro – Photo: agenciabr
Ambassadors from Arab nations are expected to meet in the capital Brasília on Tuesday to discuss Bolsonaro’s plan to follow U.S. Continue Reading »
It has been publicly exposed that the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has been waging a phone-campaign, calling central and eastern European leaders who were seriously considering relocating their embassies, from moving to Jerusalem and to preserve Obama’s Iran nuclear deal.
The founding director of the European Coalition for Israel in Brussels, Tomas Sandell, announced in a shocking video message on Thursday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel waged a campaign to prevent central and eastern European countries from moving their capitals to Jerusalem to preserve the Iran nuclear deal.
This is not the Germany we once knew. This is not the even Angela Merkel we once knew when she was elected.
“These are provocative and illegal steps that will only destabilize security and stability in the region,” Ashrawi, a member of the PLO executive committee, told AFP.
Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro (left) and PLO official Hanan Ashrawi (right) – Photos: Wikimedia
“It is very unfortunate that Brazil has joined this negative alliance against international law,” she said, referring to a small number of countries supporting the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its embassy there. Continue Reading »
John Bolton, President Trump’s National Security Adviser said the U.S. was withdrawing from the Optional Protocol of the Vienna on Diplomatic Relations to undercut litigation by the “so-called state of Palestine” at the International Court of Justice.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has withdrawn the US from an international agreement currently serving as the basis for a Palestinian lawsuit against Washington at the International Court of Justice.
US national security adviser John Bolton told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that the president authorized withdrawal from the Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations— while remaining party to the overall treaty— in order to undercut “politicized litigation” from the “so-called state of Palestine,” currently challenging the US for its relocation of the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci said that if Israel recognized Kosovo, Kosovo would open an embassy in Jerusalem, Kosova Press media outlet reported.
Located in the Balkan Peninsula, the Republic of Kosovo unilaterally declared itself independent from Serbia in 2008. With a majority ethnic Albanian Muslim population, it remains the subject of territorial dispute between the two countries. In 2013, the two governments established the Brussels Agreement, mediated by the European Union, for normalizing their relations. Continue Reading »
To the chagrin of the European Union, whose position on Jerusalem’s status is to be the capital of a probable, future Palestinian state, the Czech Republic’s PM Andrej Babis and President Milos Zeman, along with prominent ministers of gov’t, signed a statement for “the plan to move the Czech embassy to Jerusalem.”
The Czech Republic’s prime minister and two senior ministers on Wednesday threw their support behind President Milos Zeman’s ambition of relocating the country’s embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
In April, just weeks before the United States relocated its mission to Jerusalem, Zeman announced a three-stage plan to rejig the central European state’s stance on the holy city, which ended in moving its embassy there.
Following a Bulgarian cabinet meeting last week, their government decided it would open honorary consulate in Jerusalem, giving “General Honorary Consul” jurisdiction over entire state, not just southern Israel.
Bulgaria will, “as a first step,” open an honorary consulate in Jerusalem that will not only deal with Bulgarian interests in the capital, but throughout the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.
Netanyahu made this announcement at Sunday’s cabinet meeting, saying he discussed the matter on Saturday night during a phone call with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, who was in the country earlier this month. Continue Reading »
Paraguay’s outgoing President Horacio Cartes fulfills promise to move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem before leaving office, with it’s official opening on Tuesday, following decisions of the U.S. and Guatemala. – President-elect Mario Abdo Benitez said he wasn’t consulted on the subject.
In a festive ceremony President Jimmy Morales says as Guatemala becomes 2nd country after the US to open an embassy in Israel’s capital, “We are brothers, Israel holds a special place in our hearts.” • PM Benjamin Netanyahu: We remember our friends and Guatemala is our friend.
By Shlomo Cesana, Mati Tuchfeld, Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff
Guatemala has opened its new embassy in Jerusalem, the second country to open an embassy in the Israeli capital after the United States.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales dedicated the embassy Wednesday, two days after a high-powered American delegation marked the transfer of the U.S. Continue Reading »
Watch Prime Minister Netanyahu acknowledging the historic moment saying, “What a glorious day. Remember this moment!” and thanking the United States President for delivering on his promise after others failed to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. -Watch President Trump’s speech.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
MAY 14, 2018
Sixty-nine years after Israel declared Jerusalem as its capital, and 23 years after the US Congress passed a law mandating that Washington move its embassy there, the US formally opened its embassy in the city on Monday afternoon, in a move Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called “courageous” and “momentous.”
Ahead of the US Embassy opening in Jerusalem in 3 hours, some 10,000 Palestinians have already gathered near Gaza’s border with Israel as Nakba Day begins with burning tires planting roadside bombs and clashes with IDF soldiers. – IDF sources say Hamas will try to carry out terror attacks amidst the chaos after their infiltration into Israel along with possible attempts to kidnap soldiers.
By Yoav Zitun, Elior Levy
Some 10,000 Palestinians gathered by the Gaza border fence Monday morning and clashed with IDF forces deployed in the area ahead of the US Embassy opening ceremony in Jerusalem and the Nakba Day events. Continue Reading »
Three eastern European countries take a principled stand with Israel by blocking a formal EU statement admonishing the U.S. over their upcoming Embassy move to Jerusalem on Monday.
The Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania have recently blocked a (EU) statement slamming the United States over its plan to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a spokesman said Saturday.
Once again the EU takes a stand against Israel’s sovereignty. – Wikimedia Commons
“The Czech Republic has protested against the planned statement,” Jiri Ovcacek, spokesman for Czech President Milos Zeman, told AFP.
“We appreciate that Hungary and Romania have taken the same principled stance,” he said, adding Zeman had agreed on the refusal with Prime Minister Andrej Babis and Foreign Minister Martin Stropnicky. Continue Reading »
To protest Trump’s relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, a PLO official announced plans to prosecute Israelis at The Hague, to encourage attacks on Israeli civilians, and the opening of a PA municipality for the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem to undermine Jewish sovereignty.
By David Rosenberg
Palestinian Authority leaders warned Tuesday they will organize mass protests and hold a “Day of Rage” next Monday in protest of the planned relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood.
According to a report by the PA-mouthpiece WAFA, Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) executive committee member Ahmad Majdalani listed a number of steps the PA is planning in protest of the Trump administration’s decision to move the US embassy to Israel’s capital city. Continue Reading »
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