The ‘Palestinian Exception’, practiced by the previous three US Presidents, involved allowing the PLO, PA and their supporters a ‘free-pass’ for behavior that would have otherwise been acknowledged as illegal, but ignored simply because the perpetrators were Palestinians or activists in their stead.
By CAROLINE B. GLICK
When Rosh Hashanah ended on Tuesday evening, Jews discovered that over the holiday, the Trump administration had enacted two policies – one foreign and one domestic – that on their face, don’t appear to be connected. But actually, they stem from the same rationale. And both together and separately, these two policies give Jews much to be thankful for. Continue Reading »
Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin warmly welcomed John Bolton to Jerusalem, saying how much he personally appreciated all that he’s done for Israel over the years, “and we know that you’re going to do more.”
By GREER FAY CASHMAN
United States National Security Advisor John Bolton received an especially warm welcome when he called on President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday.
Rivlin is always happy to welcome visitors to “Jerusalem the capital of Israel, the eternal capital of the Jewish People,” but in Bolton’s case, it was also with the knowledge that Bolton is “a great friend of the State of Israel and the Jewish People.”
Rivlin told Bolton how much he appreciated all that he has done to date for Israel, “and we know that you’re going to do more.”
Bolton said that it was a great honor to meet Rivlin in Jerusalem, and underscored that the meeting took place during challenging times for both the United States and Israel. Continue Reading »
A White House spokesman: With Obama no longer framing Netanyahu (Israel) as a threat that’s undermining Obama-Kerry foreign policies, better ties have blossomed with Israel, so now the U.S. is ‘beloved’ around the world.
Improved ties with Israel proves that the United States is more “beloved” around the world than under the previous administration, a White House spokesman said.
He also said that Israel was “virtually” thought of as an enemy of the United States under the Obama administration.
Obama on the phone with PM Netanyahu. – White House photo
Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters aboard Air Force One on Tuesday that President Donald Trump is not concerned about seeing protesters during his scheduled trip to Europe next week. Continue Reading »
Blaming the ‘disproportionate focus and unending hostility towards Israel’, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, “We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.”
Slamming the United Nations Human Rights Council for hypocrisy, and “unrelenting” bias against Israel, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley announced on Tuesday the US quits the international body
“We take this step because our commitment does not allow us to remain a part of a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights,” she said. Continue Reading »
With mainstream media initially assuming the U.S. was responsible for the latest lethal airstrike in Syria, an American official is reported to have told CNN that Israeli jets must have “overcome significant logistical hurdles” to strike near the Iraqi border, far from Israel’s usual targets near Homs or Damascus.
By Erez Linn, Ariel Kahana, Daniel Siryoti, News Agencies and Israel Hayom Staff
Israel, not the U.S.-led coalition, was behind a series of airstrikes in northeastern Syria near the Iraqi border on Sunday night, an American official told CNN on Monday.
The Israel Defense Forces declined to comment on the strike. Continue Reading »
The report posted in The New Yorker speaks of how the White House was surprised with Israel’s unannounced insistence to sign secret agreement, following in the footsteps of President Trump’s predecessors.
By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
US President Donald Trump, like the three US presidents before him, signed a letter when he entered office, declining to pressure Israel to sign an international nuclear-nonproliferation treaty, according to a report in The New Yorker released on Tuesday.
The report claims Israel houses a nuclear facility near the Negev city of Dimona, something that Israel neither confirms nor denies, and presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Continue Reading »
In a New Yorker report, the article articulates Palestinians rejection of the ‘best possible deal’, details covert meetings between Israel and the Gulf States (that angered the Obama White House) and touches on President Trump’s new Middle East policy.
By Amir Bogen
The New Yorker published Monday an article thoroughly reviewing US President Donald Trump’s foreign policy regarding the Middle East, describing how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to forge a relationship with him prior to his ascent to the White House, and detailing Israel’s relationship with Arab states in a front against Iran.
The review by by Adam Entous examines the White House’s up to date strategy concerning Israel, the Palestinians, and the Gulf states. Continue Reading »
Looking for ideas for President Donald Trump’s U.S. border-fence with Mexico, US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen toured Israel’s Egyptian border on Tuesday, with an eye on the towering, sensor-rigged fence.
US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen inspected Israel’s fenced-off border with Egypt on Tuesday for ideas for the U.S. border with Mexico, where President Donald Trump has pledged to build a wall, Israel Radio reported.
Trump has said the United States needs a wall along its 3,200 km (2,000 mile) southern border to prevent illegal immigrants entering from Mexico and that country should pay for the project. Continue Reading »
After rebuking Europeans over their acceptance of Hamas’ narrative of Gaza border riots, Europe’s defense of Iran’s nuclear deal, and their rejection of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, one EU official warns Israel to tread carefully, since Trump won’t always be President to protect it.
By Israel Today Staff
For once, the zeal of Washington’s support for Israel seems to match that of the American people. And the Jewish state is basking in the nearly-unquestioned backing of its policies, concerns and claims. So much so that Jerusalem has of late taken a somewhat more aggressive stance toward less cooperate allies.
According to a senior European Union official cited by Hadashot TV, Israel’s making a big mistake in that regard. Continue Reading »
White House and State Department officials have repeatedly warned the Palestinian autocrat Mahmoud Abbas to end his personal, crude attacks on American officials and now passed the Taylor Force Act, paving a new US policy of no longer remaining apathetic in the face of official Palestinian terror in any form.
By Israel Today Staff
Washington’s patience for the Palestinian Authority leadership is nearly spent.
Ever since President Donald Trump came to the White House, US-Palestinian relations have been tense, to say the least.
Trump’s overt affinity for Israel, and his unwillingness to tolerate the outrageous claims and demands of Palestinian leaders is, according to most Israelis, a breath of fresh air. Continue Reading »
Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Chris Coons: Mid-East tensions support added funding towards Israeli defense systems.
• Senator Lindsey Graham (Rep.) says certain aspects of Obama’s 2016 defense deal restricting Israel’s investment in its own missile technology were “shortsighted.”
By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff
U.S. senators who just returned from a trip to Israel called on Tuesday for an increase in the $38 billion in military aid the United States is currently providing Israel, signaling support for more funds for Israeli missile systems.
Israeli and American flags fly next to an Arrow missile battery. – Photo: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
Senators Lindsey Graham, a leading Republican foreign policy voice, and Chris Coons, a Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said they considered the provision of $38 billion over 10 years, “a floor.”
With the majority of both Israelis and Arabs rejecting the ‘2-state solution,’ PM Netanyahu suggested to the World Economic Forum in Davos a ‘new model’ for peace with the Palestinians, with Israel maintaining security control of the region, but allowing the Arabs to govern themselves.
– Netanyahu asserted: ‘There’s no substitute for the US’ as mediator.’
By The Associated Press, Reuters
Israel’s prime minister is suggesting a “new model” for peace with the Palestinians that would allow them to govern themselves but maintain Israeli control over security.
Speaking at a discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu declined to endorse a “two-state solution” favored by the Palestinians and most of the international community. Continue Reading »
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen, visit Judaism’s Western Wall in Jerusalem wrapping up the Vice President’s first state visit to Israel, before their flight home.
– Watch video of his visit.
By David Rosenberg
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem Tuesday afternoon, capping off the Vice President’s first state visit to Israel.
The Pences at the Western Wall, Jerusalem 23, Jan 2018 – Screenshot: YouTube
Pence, a long-time backer of the Jewish state, arrived in Israel for his fourth trip on Sunday, which was originally scheduled for mid-December. Continue Reading »
United States Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Jerusalem was highly anticipated in Israel but shunned by the Palestinians, who refused to meet Pence because of Trump’s decision.
– WATCH Joint Press Conference
By JPOST.COM STAFF
After United States President Mike Pence addressed the Knesset earlier today, the diplomat will deliver joint statements with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“With President [Donald] Trump in the White House, and with your strong leadership here in Israel, the best days of the U.S. and our most cherished ally, Israel, are yet to come,” Pence told Netanyahu.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Vice President Mike Pence deliver joint addresses in Jerusalem on January 22, 2018.- Screenshot: YouTube/WH.gov
In Knesset, Pence affirmed the US’s support of Israel and urged the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table, and said the “shehechiyanu” blessing to thank God for for the occasion. Continue Reading »
Welcomed on the tarmac by Minister Levin & US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, VP Mike Pence lands in Israel for a 3-day visit where he’s to have meetings on Trump’s peace initiative, Iran, regional security and deliver a speech to the Knesset, which is bing boycotted by the Arab Joint Knesset Members.
US Vice President Mike Pence began a visit to Israel on Sunday after being praised as a “great friend” by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and shunned by the Palestinians over US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Pence was welcomed at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport by Israel’s Tourism Minister Yariv Levin and US Envoy to Israel David Friedman and made no statement to reporters before travelling to Jerusalem.It is the highest-level US visit to the region since President Donald Trump made his Jerusalem declaration on December 6 and promised to begin the process of moving the American embassy to the city, whose status is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Continue Reading »