Israel’s new Foreign Minister, Yisrael Katz, scheduled to present a “national, diplomatic and strategic objective of the highest order” to the cabinet for the transfer of all foreign embassies currently in Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital.
– To promote the plan, Israel would give countries an aid package of about $14.2 million to ease moving expenses.
By Ariel Kahana
For the first time ever, the Israeli government is preparing an official initiative to relocate and open foreign embassies in Jerusalem. Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz will soon present his proposal to the cabinet to designate the transfer of embassies to Jerusalem as a “national, diplomatic and strategic objective of the highest order.” Continue Reading »
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has repeatedly said he plans to move Brazil’s embassy to Jerusalem, is scheduled to visit Israel for 4 days one week before Israel’s elections and is likely to use the opportunity to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
By Ariel Kahana
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will arrive in Israel on March 31 for a four-day visit, Israel Hayom has learned, just one week ahead of Israel’s general elections on April 9.
In closed talks with Bolsonaro during a historic visit to the South American country in late December, the Brazilian leader reiterated to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu his intentions of relocating the Brazilian Embassy to Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
Jason Greenblatt mocks the Palestinian Authority for propagandizing U.S. officials’ tour of Jerusalem’s Western Wall, as a ‘violation of international law,’ tweeting, “Peace can only be built on truth and reality. You cannot wipe away truth, or history. Time to get serious!”
By Erez Linn
U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt slammed the Palestinian Authority on Tuesday, saying it has not come to terms with reality.
“PA officials criticize…@AmbJohnBolton and @USAmbIsrael visit to historic Jewish areas of Jerusalem. Will these officials ever realize that peace can only be built on truth and reality?” Greenblatt tweeted.
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With the newly elected Brazilian President promising the visiting Israeli Prime Minister that he intends to move the embassy to Jerusalem, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman threatened sanctions because such a move “will not help with peace, stability, security,” although, the Islamic republic’s relations with Brazil “will eventually be continued.”
By Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
Iran has denounced plans by Brazil’s newly elected president to move its embassy to Jerusalem.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Monday that such a move “will not help with peace, stability, security and retrieval of the Palestinian people’s rights.”
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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 »
On Saturday Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, announced that Australia now recognizes West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but will not relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv.
By Reuters, AP
Australia formally recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but will not move its embassy there immediately, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday.
“Australia now recognises West Jerusalem, being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel,” Morrison said.
The Knesset, located in Jerusalem, capital of Israel – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
“We look forward to moving our embassy to West Jerusalem when practical,” he told reporters in Sydney. Continue Reading »
Just one day after after The Australian published a report citing government sources that Scott Morrison’s Cabinet would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday, Australia’s Prime Minister told reporters that “when I’m in a position to make that announcement, I will.”
By SAM SOKOL/JTA
Australia’s prime minister appeared to quash reports that he would announce his government’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday.
Asked what decision the Cabinet had been reached regarding the the matter during a news conference in Adelaide, Scott Morrison replied that it was premature to discuss the issue, telling reporters that “when I’m in a position to make that announcement, I will.” 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 »
The TV station cited the daily, The Australian, that if the government’s decision is ratified by the cabinet on Tuesday after approval was made by the national security committee on Monday, an official announcement will be given on Wednesday.
By THE JERUSALEM POST Staff
Australia is reportedly set to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Australian public television station SBS reported on Tuesday.
The station cited local paper The Australian, saying that the decision is to be ratified by the cabinet at a meeting on Tuesday after its approval by the country’s national security committee on Monday.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison – Wikimedia
The move would be officially announced on Wednesday, according to the report. Continue Reading »
In Hanukkah greeting, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, rejected the U.N. General Assembly’s [non-binding] resolution denying the Jewish State’s claim to the ancient holy city.
• Envoy tweets: “The U.N. can’t vote away the facts: Jerusalem is the ancient & modern capital of Israel.”
• President Trump pledges further support for the Jewish community.
By Israel Hayom Staff
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman lambasted the United Nations on Monday over its anti-Israel bias, using the occasion of Hanukkah to highlight Israel’s legitimate claim to Jerusalem.
Friedman, the first U.S. envoy to serve in the recently opened embassy in Jerusalem, tweeted: “More than 2,000 years ago, Jewish patriots (Maccabees) captured Jerusalem, purified the Holy Temple and rededicated it as a house of Jewish worship. Continue Reading »
In a letter signed by Arab Ambassadors from 13 states, consequences were listed should Australia actually move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, as Australia’s new premier said he was considering.
By David Rosenberg
Diplomats from across the Arab world warned Australia on Tuesday that Canberra risked both its relations with Arab states as well as the viability of the peace process in the Middle East if it recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Ambassadors from 13 Arab states gathered in the Australian capital city of Canberra on Tuesday to discuss the new Australian premier’s decision to consider relocating his country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Ambassador to Guatemala Matty Cohen, along with Mayor Jorge Antonio Orellana Pinto, took part in the first such renaming ceremony on the main street of the southern city of Guastatoya.
• Evangelical Church suggests expanding initiative throughout Guatemala.
By Ariel Kahana
Israel and Guatemala’s close ties are on full display in the Latin American country, where as part of a new project, cities across the country are renaming streets and traffic circles “Jerusalem the Capital of Israel.”
The project is the initiative of Israel’s Ambassador to Guatemala Matty Cohen. On Friday, Cohen, along with Mayor Jorge Antonio Orellana Pinto, took part in the first such renaming ceremony on the main street of the southern city of Guastatoya. Continue Reading »
Photo essay as the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William began his first day of touring Israel, in it’s capital, Jerusalem, with visits to PM Netanyahu, Yad Veshem, where he laid a wreath honoring the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis and a ‘sit-down’ with Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin.
By Inbar Tvizer and news agencies
Prince William began his first day of touring Israel on Tuesday morning, kicking off his three-day visit with a trip to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, where he expressed his horror at the “terrifying” Nazi extermination of six million Jews.
Prince William arrives in Israel, on the first official visit by a senior member of the Royal Famil – Twitter, Kensington Palace
The Duke of Cambridge arrived in Israel for the first-ever official visit by a member of the British royal family on Monday evening, touching down in Ben Gurion Airport where he was greeted by Tourism Minister Yariv Levin and Likud MK Amir Ohana.His Continue Reading »
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.
By HERB KEINON
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 »
Israeli Knesset Member Yair Lapid claims PM Netanyahu has agreed to U.S. President Trump’s peace plan suggestion of making the Abu Dis neighbor of Jerusalem, the capital of the future Palestinian state.
By LAHAV HARKOV
The Abu Dis neighborhood bordering east Jerusalem will be the capital of a Palestinian state in US President Donald Trump’s planned peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid said Monday.
Israel’s security barrier (preventing entry to terrorists & suicide-bombers) separates Abu Dis from Jerusalem, Israel’s capital. – Photo: Yann/ Wikimedia
“Over the weekend, different sources began saying that in the American paper that will be presented next month, Abu Dis will be mentioned as the capital of Palestine,” Lapid said at a Yesh Atid faction meeting. Continue Reading »