Tillerson has publicly contradicted Trump on the Iran deal in the past, including during the current negotiations, and has advised Trump not to rip up the nuclear accord outright, whereas CIA director Mike Pompeo, has disagreed, advocating for a full U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 pact led by former President Obama.
WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump unceremoniously fired his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, on Tuesday morning, in part over “disagreements” on the Iran nuclear deal and amid a critical negotiation with Europe over its fate.
Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State.
In 1992, bombers, allegedly linked to Hezbollah, attacked the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires killing 29, and 2 years later, an attack on a Jewish community center in the city left 85 dead. None of the bombers were ever convicted, but now, the US & Argentina are working together against Hezbollah to put an end to their military activities & drug smuggling.
The United States and Argentina are to work together more closely to cut off Lebanese Hezbollah’s funding networks in Latin America, both nations’ top diplomats said Sunday.
Argentina has a large Lebanese expatriate population and US authorities suspect groups within it of raising funds through organized crime to support the Iranian-backed armed movement. Continue Reading »
The U.S. State Department announced the inclusion of Hamas’ political bureau chief, Ismail Haniyeh on its international terrorist blacklist. – Secretary of State Tillerson: Since billionaire Haniyeh threatens the stability of the Middle East, he will be levied with sanctions, including having his assets frozen.
The United States on Wednesday put the head of the Hamas terrorist organization Ismail Haniyeh on its terror blacklist and slapped him with sanctions.
Responding to the decision, Hamas said it was “a failed attempt to pressure the resistance. This decision will not deter us from continuing the resistance option to expel the occupation.”
“Ismail Haniyeh is the leader and President of the Political Bureau of Hamas, which was designated in 1997 as a Foreign Terrorist Organization,” said the State Department’s announcement on the matter. Continue Reading »
While the lopsided report was based in part on work done during the Obama administration, much was added by department officials since Sec. of State Tillerson took charge. – The ZOA lambasted Secretary Tillerson over the report, demanding his resignation. – Illinois congressman slam State Department report for whitewashing, ignoring PA incitement.
By David Rosenberg
A new report published by the US State Department criticizing Israel and largely ignoring the Palestinian Authority’s financial support for terrorists sparked a bitter backlash, with some characterizing the document as “anti-Semitic”.
The State Department’s annual Country Reports on Terrorism for 2016, published last Wednesday, laid the blame for violence against Israelis at the feet of the Jewish state, while praising the Palestinian Authority for rarely making “explicit calls for violence against Israelis”. Continue Reading »
Issa Karaka, the head of Prisoner Affairs at the Palestinian Authority denies halting payments to terrorists’ families, saying Tillerson’s statement was ‘a declaration of war against Abbas and the PA’. MEANWHILE: A bill in Israel’s Knesset to deduct the amount of funds the PA pays prisoners and their families from money Israel transfers to the Palestinians, is advancing through committees.
By Elior Levy
The head of Prisoner Affairs at the Palestinian Authority, Issa Karaka, denied on Wednesday a claim by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that the PA has stopped paying salaries to families of terrorists.In a hearing at the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday, Tillerson said both he and Trump had directly discussed this with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and that he had received a report saying the Palestinians “have changed that policy and their intent is to cease the payments to the families of those who have committed murder or violence against others.”
Karaka dubbed such a demand as “a declaration of war” against Abbas and “an invitation for the dismantlement of the Palestinian Authority.”
He claimed it “would not lead to stability and would not serve a peace process in the region.”
Karaka explained this is an issue that touches almost every Palestinian family in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Continue Reading »
Secretary of State Tillerson reported in testimony during a Senate hearing that the PA, led by Mahmoud Abbas, has changed its policy of paying monthly stipends to families of convicted terrorists following pressure from President Trump.
By Elad Benari
The Palestinian Authority (PA) has changed its policy of paying families of convicted terrorists, and intends to stop supporting them as a result of pressure from the Trump administration, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday.
Tillerson’s comments came during a public hearing in the Senate on the State Department’s budget. He was quoted in a report in Haaretz. Continue Reading »
In anticipation to President Trump’s arrival, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan & Egypt claim to promote a peace deal at a meeting in Amman, and expressed opposition to “unilateral steps in Jerusalem,” but went on to declare east Jerusalem ‘capital of Palestine.’
By Roi Kais, Elior Levy and Moran Azulay
In anticipation of US President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia, pressure is mounting on him to start a diplomatic process and leave the American Embassy in Tel Aviv. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday told NBC’s Meet the Press that the though US Embassy would move to Jerusalem, the president wanted to know how such a move would affect the peace process. Continue Reading »
WATCH: Trump’s Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, blasts the Obama administration’s attitude towards Israel, telling the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Kerry’s speech criticizing Israel was “quite troubling.”
By Elad Benari
Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, on Wednesday stressed the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship, and condemned the outgoing Obama administration’s decision not to veto UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which criticized Israeli construction in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.
Speaking at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tillerson said the resolution was “not helpful” and “undermines” the conditions for peace talks to continue, reported The Washington Post. Continue Reading »
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