– US Embassy spokesperson: “The home of an entire family should not be demolished for the actions of one individual.” – Israel PM spokesperson: “The State of Israel acts solely in accordance with security considerations & the need to protect the lives of Israeli citizens.”
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett pushed back at the United States over its condemnation of Israel’s policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinians who are charged and or convicted for terror attacks that claim lives.
“The Prime Minister appreciates and respects the US,” his office said.
“At the same time, the State of Israel acts solely in accordance with security considerations and the need to protect the lives of Israeli citizens,” Bennett’s office stated. Continue Reading »
Palestinian minister submitted an “indictment” against the United States at the International Court of Justice on the 1st anniversary of the embassy relocation saying the State of Palestine will fight “against all illegal acts of aggression and shall not surrender to political bullying and extortion.”
The leading diplomat and official PA peace negotiation team leader urges the international community to boycott the new Palestinian Affairs Unit inside the Jerusalem Embassy, which was created to consolidate & expedite requests by taking over the responsibilities of the (now closed) U.S. Consulate, that was also located in the Israeli capital.
By Elad Benari
Top Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Saeb Erekat on Thursday urged the international community to boycott the newly created US Embassy unit that will handle relations with Palestinian Arabs, The Associated Press reported.
The US this week merged its embassy and consulate in Jerusalem. The move followed an announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in October that the US would be shuttering the consulate facility in eastern Jerusalem, and would incorporate the services provided there in the US embassy on Agron Street. Continue Reading »
Having become superfluous in East Jerusalem, closing the consulate which functioned as the de facto embassy for the Palestinians prompted their petulant official, Saeb Erekat, to say its closure was “the final nail in the coffin” for the US as a peace negotiator.
By The Associated Press
The United States on Monday officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the US Embassy to Israel.
For decades, the consulate functioned as a de facto embassy to the Palestinians. Now, that outreach will be handled by a Palestinian affairs unit, under the command of the embassy. Continue Reading »
US decision to merge its Jerusalem embassy and the consulate that was primarily used by the Arab residents, is not tied to a change on Jerusalem’s final status, but rather, “to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our [State Department] operations.”
By JTA, Arutz Sheva Staff
The U.S. embassy in Jerusalem and the U.S. consulate in eastern Jerusalem, which primarily serves Palestinian-Americans, will merge, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. – Photo: U.S. Department of State
The diplomatic mission will be located at the embassy site on Agron Street in the center of Jerusalem, according to the announcement issued on Thursday. Continue Reading »
John Bolton, President Trump’s National Security Adviser said the U.S. was withdrawing from the Optional Protocol of the Vienna on Diplomatic Relations to undercut litigation by the “so-called state of Palestine” at the International Court of Justice.
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has withdrawn the US from an international agreement currently serving as the basis for a Palestinian lawsuit against Washington at the International Court of Justice.
US national security adviser John Bolton told reporters at the White House on Wednesday that the president authorized withdrawal from the Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations— while remaining party to the overall treaty— in order to undercut “politicized litigation” from the “so-called state of Palestine,” currently challenging the US for its relocation of the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
Faltering Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas directs the PA to file superfluous charges at the International Court of Justice asserting President Trump’s order to relocate the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem was violating international law.
By Elad Benari
The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Friday filed a case with the Hague-based International Court of Justice, asking its judges to order Washington to remove the recently relocated US embassy from Jerusalem, The Associated Press reported.
The court said that the PA’s case asks its judges “to order the United States of America to withdraw the diplomatic mission from the Holy City of Jerusalem.”
Special advisor to President Trump, Jared Kushner participated at the dedication of of the new United States Embassy in Jerusalem – the capital of Israel.
Watch Prime Minister Netanyahu acknowledging the historic moment saying, “What a glorious day. Remember this moment!” and thanking the United States President for delivering on his promise after others failed to relocate the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. -Watch President Trump’s speech.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
MAY 14, 2018
Sixty-nine years after Israel declared Jerusalem as its capital, and 23 years after the US Congress passed a law mandating that Washington move its embassy there, the US formally opened its embassy in the city on Monday afternoon, in a move Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called “courageous” and “momentous.”
Ahead of the US Embassy opening in Jerusalem in 3 hours, some 10,000 Palestinians have already gathered near Gaza’s border with Israel as Nakba Day begins with burning tires planting roadside bombs and clashes with IDF soldiers. – IDF sources say Hamas will try to carry out terror attacks amidst the chaos after their infiltration into Israel along with possible attempts to kidnap soldiers.
By Yoav Zitun, Elior Levy
Some 10,000 Palestinians gathered by the Gaza border fence Monday morning and clashed with IDF forces deployed in the area ahead of the US Embassy opening ceremony in Jerusalem and the Nakba Day events. Continue Reading »
American and Israeli firms will continue building the Jerusalem embassy and its compound over the next 6 years, with the planned inaugurated next week being mostly symbolic, since at first, only the U.S. Ambassador will be moving to the new capital building.
By Ofer Petersburg
While the new American Embassy in Jerusalem is expected to be inaugurated next week, the road to the diplomatic mission actually beginning operations is still a ways off.The current move, then, is mostly symbolic, including a changing of a sign and the move of the ambassador and his secretary, and possibly a visit from US President Donald Trump, who decided on the move to begin with. Continue Reading »
Construction Minister Yoav Gallant has instructed the top officials in his ministry to begin the process of planning and approving a new quarter for embassies from countries around the world that will be built in Jerusalem, he revealed on Thursday in an interview from New York, where he will be speaking at Sunday’s Jerusalem Post Conference.
Even before the progress made this week toward moving the embassies of the Czech Republic, Romania, and Honduras, Gallant had already sent a letter to Construction Ministry director-general Hegai Roznik and chief architect Vered Solomon-Maman last Friday, asking them to form a task force that will immediately begin working on finding an appropriate site for many embassies in the capital. Continue Reading »
Clashes erupted in Gaza and the West Bank earlier on Friday in a weekly protest against US President Donald Trump’s stance on Jerusalem, which has also angered Arab political and religious leaders across the region and dismayed European allies. Continue Reading »
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration plans to retrofit an existing facility in Jerusalem into an embassy with the goal of moving its staff there from Tel Aviv in 2019, US officials said on Thursday.
U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Israel – U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Israel Facebook page
The New York Times and Wall Street Journal quoted US officials on record, who said the State Department plans to reconfigure an existing consular facility that the US has operated out of Arnona in West Jerusalem since 1948. Continue Reading »
Testifying before the US congress, Israel’s former U.N. ambassador details the historic failures of the UN & Palestinians in protecting religious sites in Jerusalem, and pointed out “arrangements for the holy city that plainly have not worked in the past, will undoubtedly fail in the future… Only a free and democratic Israel will protect Jerusalem for all the great faiths.”
By Shlomo Cesana and Israel Hayom Staff
Dr. Dore Gold, president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and former Israeli ambassador the United Nations, addressed the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Security on Wednesday under the title of “Moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem: Challenges and Opportunities.” Continue Reading »
White House press secretary Spicer says President Trump has yet to make a decision on relocating the embassy to Jerusalem now, but a report in Israel indicated that Trump had decided and that the U.S. Embassy would remain in Tel Aviv, at least for the upcoming 6 months.
By Elad Benari
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump has yet to reach a decision on whether or not to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Haaretz reported.
Trump only has one day left to make a decision, before he will have to either sign or not sign a presidential waiver that will delay the implementation of a 1995 decision by Congress to move the embassy. Continue Reading »
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