US National Security Adviser John Bolton expressed security concerns to PM Netanyahu about Chinese technology and investments in Israel, particularly with Chinese companies building a new port in Haifa, where the US Navy’s Sixth Fleet would be using as a major berth for 25 years, beginning in 2021.
By Tal Polon
US National Security Adviser John Bolton raised concerns to Prime Minister Netanyahu about the use of Chinese telecommunications equipment in sensitive sectors in Israel, a US official told Reuters on Wednesday.
The senior administration official, who was briefed on talks between Bolton and Netanyahu over the weekend, said that talks addressed US concerns that Chinese involvement in certain sectors in Israel could enable intellectual property theft and intelligence gathering by China. Continue Reading »
In a Brasilia meeting with the Israeli leader, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo assured PM Netanyahu that the Trump administration is working on plans to make the American troop pull-out from Syria as non-disruptive for Israeli security as possible.
By Itamar Eichner
Israel got “almost everything it asked for” when U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo granted “seven out of eight” requests made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting in Brasília on Tuesday, according to a senior source in Jerusalem.
The prime minister told the press ahead of the meeting—held in Brazil’s capital after the inauguration of the country’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro—the main topics of discussion, the withdrawal of U.S. Continue Reading »
Retired American and Israeli defense & intelligence officials have raised security concerns over the upcoming Chinese management of the Port of Haifa beginning in 2021, as it might jeopardize U.S. Naval operations there.
By MICHAEL WILNER
WASHINGTON – The US Navy has acknowledged that its longstanding operations in Haifa may change once a Chinese firm takes over the civilian port in 2021, prompting Israel’s national security cabinet to revisit the arrangement, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
Haifa, the nation’s largest port city, regularly hosts joint US-Israeli naval drills and visits from American vessels. But a 2015 agreement between Israel’s Transportation Ministry and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) – a company in which the Chinese government has a majority stake – has raised intelligence and security concerns that are only now prompting an interagency review. Continue Reading »
Ambassador Haley reported that this year the US will vote “no” on the annual UN resolution that condemns the Israeli “occupation” of the Golan Heights, because “the atrocities the Syrian regime continues to commit prove its lack of fitness to govern anyone,” while endangering Israel’s security.
By Elad Benari
The US announced on Thursday that it plans to vote “no” on an annual resolution at the UN condemning Israel’s alleged “occupation” of the Golan Heights.
The annual resolution, entitled “The Occupied Syrian Golan”, is scheduled for a vote on Friday, November 16.
In the past, the US had abstained in the vote, but in a statement, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, explained why this year the American delegation would vote against the resolution. Continue Reading »
At the invitation of Gilad Katz, Israel’s consul general to the Southwest United States, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will lead a delegation of 2 dozen statewide business leaders to Israel this month to discuss trade prospects in water technologies & management, energy conservation, cybersecurity and more.
By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that he will travel to Israel later this month on an economic development trip that includes a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Democratic governor said the 24-person delegation will include business leaders and researchers in water management, logistics, higher education and cybersecurity. Continue Reading »
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 »