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 visit to Yad Vashem began at 10:15am, where he met with Holocaust survivors and, donning a Kippah, laid a memorial wreath honoring the Jews murdered in the Nazi Final Solution. 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 »
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.
By Associated Press
Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes will open the country’s new embassy to Israel in Jerusalem on Tuesday, following similar steps by the United States and Guatemala.
Government spokesman Mariano Mercado said Cartes will leave for the trip to Israel on Saturday.The decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem has been controversial in Paraguay.
Paraguay’s President Horacio Cartes and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO
Last month, Cartes announced his intentions to move the Paraguay embassy from Herzliya to Jerusalem before the end of his government’s term on August 15. Continue Reading »
Although the new Guatemalan membassy will officially open on May 16, two days after the US inaugurates the relocation of its embassy to Jerusalem, residents of the Israeli capital were pleased to see the Guatemalan flag flying over the city.
Guatemala raised its flag at the site of its new embassy in Jerusalem on Tuesday, ahead of its official opening next week following the inauguration of the United States’ own new mission in the city.
Israel’s foreign ministry welcomes raising of Guatemalan flag at site of new embassy ahead of its May 16 opening Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Twitter
The official opening of Guatemala’s new embassy at the the Malcha Technology Park in Jerusalem will take place on May 16, two days after the US cuts the ribbon on its own new embassy on May 14. Continue Reading »
On-air controversy erupts on an Argentine TV game show when contestants are asked, “Tel Aviv is the capital of what country?”
• A contestant challenged the question, saying ‘Israel is probably what I should say, but that is not the correct answer.‘
By Shlomi Diaz
The popular Argentine game show “La Tribuna de Guido” outraged the local Jewish community last week when contestants on Friday’s show were asked, “Tel Aviv is the capital of which country?”
The program, which airs on the local Canal 13 station, pits contestants against each other with trivia questions, with the goal of winning a car. Continue Reading »