Because many countries still refuse to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over all of Jerusalem, submitted legislation would prohibit all nations from unilaterally opening any diplomatic mission in Israel’s capital without official government consent.
By Israel Today Staff
Likud lawmaker and former Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat has introduced legislation that would ban any foreign country from opening a diplomatic mission anywhere in the Israeli capital without Israel’s consent.
That would seem like something of an obvious position. No other nation would let foreign countries open embassies and consulates in its capital without permission. But most of the world still doesn’t recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the entirety of Jerusalem. Continue Reading »
Either John Kerry is enormously & irresponsibly indiscreet, or he exposed American intel to an enemy state in order to attack Israel, an ally. Unfortunately, it looks far more like the latter, than the former.
By David Rutz
The New York Times is taking criticism for “burying” a report that former Secretary of State John Kerry told Iran that Israel had attacked Iranian interests in Syria at least 200 times.
The story focuses on leaked audio of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaking candidly about Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, the powerful branch of Iran’s Armed Forces and a U.S.-designated Continue Reading »
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis authorized the creation of the “Florida Stands with Israel” license plate on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. The designer suggested that “the license plate would make a great Hanukkah gift…Displaying it could make you feel proud, like the Maccabees.”
By HANNAH BROWN
The public design contest for the “Florida Stands with Israel” specialty license plate, sponsored by the Israeli-American Council (IAC), has ended and the winning concept — out of more than 100 submitted — was by artist Daniel Ackerman, a graphic designer from Boca Raton, Florida.
Ackerman’s design, which was unveiled on Tuesday, features an orange blossom and an orange with a blue Star of David in between them against a background of desert sand and sea, above the words, “Florida Stands with Israel.” Continue Reading »
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced termination of long-standing American foreign policy of not identifying an American born in Jerusalem as ‘Born in Israel’ in US Passport.
By Gary Willig
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday that ‘Israel’ will be permitted to be listed on the passports of citizens born in Jerusalem, reversing decades of US policy.
Until now, US passport holders born in Jerusalem could not list their country of birth as Israel even if they were born in western Jerusalem due to US policy that the status of Jerusalem was to be determined in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. Continue Reading »
Two Republican Congressmen sent a letter to Sec. Mike Pompeo asking why the US Department of State only reported 101 terror attacks of the 1,300-1,400 terror attacks reported in Israel throughout 2019.
By OMRI NAHMIAS
WASHINGTON – The Department of State should reexamine its human rights reports, saying they cite only a tenth of Palestinian acts of violence that official Israeli sources report for the same period, two Republican congressmen said.
Doug Lamborn and David McKinley sent a letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, indicating in their letter that according to the department’s 2019 report, Palestinians committed 101 acts of violence against Israelis in the West Bank. Continue Reading »
A Pew Research report exposes a partisan divide that has widened considerably, with support for Israel by Democrats plummeting to 27% while Republican support has risen to an all time high.
By David Lazarus
Support for Israel among US Democrats is dropping sharply, and the party once preferred by American Jews is quickly losing their support
According to a 2018 Pew Research survey, currently, 79% of Republicans say they sympathize more with Israel than with the Palestinians, compared with just 27% of Democrats.
Since 2001, the number of Republicans siding with Israel over the Palestinians has increased 29 percentage points, from 50% to 79%. Continue Reading »
The resolution states that Congress “commemorates the centenary of the Balfour Declaration; affirms its commitment to maintaining the strongest of bilateral ties with the State of Israel; and recognizes the importance of the establishment of the modern State of Israel as a secure and democratic homeland for the Jewish people.”
A bipartisan resolution to be introduced in the U.S. Senate will recognize the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.
Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., were to propose the resolution on Thursday. A concurrent resolution was to be proposed in the House of Representatives.
“It is entirely appropriate for the United States Congress to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a statement that ultimately led to the reestablishment of the State of Israel in 1948,” Lankford said in a statement. Continue Reading »
The Taylor Force Act, attached to the 2018 Foreign Operations budget in the Senate, was conceived to end decades of American taxpayers’ money given as aid to the Palestinians, but used by Abbas’ Palestinian Authority to pay terrorists, and their families, a monthly pension for killing Jews.
By Elad Benari
The Taylor Force Act was attached to the 2018 Foreign Operations budget in the Senate on Thursday, Haaretz reports.
The move means the legislation is almost certainly assured of being enforced in the United States from next year.
The Taylor Force Act would cut U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until it ends its policy which distributes $300 million to terrorists and their families annually. Continue Reading »
Palestinian Authority autocrat Abbas tells the US that he will never stop the generous monthly payments to the families of prisoners and martyrs, “even if it means I lose my position.”
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told the United States that he will continue to pay terrorists’ families for terror attacks against Jews.
White House adviser Jared Kushner met Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. – Screenshot: Instagram/White House
“I do not intend to cease paying salaries to the families of prisoners and martyrs, even if it means I lose my position,” Abbas told Kan 11. Continue Reading »
In a rare moment of bipartisanship since President Trump took office, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act was jointly introduced by a House Republican and a Senate Democrat, with cosponsors from both sides of the aisle, yet free speech advocates are lining up to fight it.
By MICHAEL WILNER
WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, one of America’s largest civil liberties organizations announced opposition to a congressional bill that would target international efforts to boycott, divest and sanction Israel, setting up an uncomfortable fight between US-based Israel lobbies and free speech advocates.
The ACLU– a union at the forefront of several battles against the Trump administration over the rights of immigrants, refugees and minority groups facing systemic discrimination– said the bill would make worse a 1970s-era law that had already stymied the ability of individuals and companies to exercise their constitutional right to boycott. Continue Reading »
First orchestrated by outgoing Obama gov’t, now the US media run by Trump detractors are trying to make federal case on transfer of intel to Russia, saying US president could be ‘security risk for entire western world,’ when the exact opposite is closer to the truth.
Israel was apparently the source of the highly classified information that Donald Trump was accused of disclosing in a meeting with Russian officials on Monday, revealed a current and former White House official familiar with the situation to the New York Times on Tuesday.
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US President Donald Trump (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House in February.
President-elect’s aids warn Obama that he “shouldn’t go seeking new adventures, or pushing through policies that clearly don’t match Trump’s positions.”
By Chana Roberts
President-elect Donald Trump’s aides reportedly warned President Barack Obama not to “even think about” trying to push for progress on the Israeli-Arab conflict between now and January 20.
Politico quoted a “national security adviser” of Trump’s as saying Obama “shouldn’t go seeking new adventures or pushing through policies that clearly don’t match Trump’s positions.” This includes “efforts to bring peace to the Israelis and the Palestinians – even if those initiatives are symbolic at best…[Trump] has made it very clear he will support Israel and its preferences.” Continue Reading »
WSJ reports that under Obama’s direction NSA’s “targeting of Israeli leaders & officials also swept up the contents of some of their private conversations with US lawmakers & American-Jewish groups.”
Fearing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is working to derail the nuclear deal with Iran, the White House has authorized the National Security Agency to monitor the leader’s communications, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
Obama & Netanyahu – Photo : REUTERS
The report detailing the minutiae of NSA’s snooping and once more propelling into the spotlight Washington’s mistrust of the hawkish Israeli premier could usher in a new crisis in the already tense relations between Netanyahu and President Barack Obama’s administration. Continue Reading »
New State Department report calls Israel a “committed counter-terrorism partner” throughout 2014, detailing operations taken by the Israeli Navy and IDF.
By MICHAEL WILNER
WASHINGTON — Despite facing costly obstacles from the Syrian civil war, Iran continued its arming and funding of terror proxies targeting Israel throughout 2014 largely unabated, the US government found in a report released on Friday.
Iranian navy ship. – Photo: REUTERS
The State Department report— an annual accounting of organized terrorism worldwide— asserts that Iran has continued, if not expanded, its operations beyond its historical focus on Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon, to a limited number of operations in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as to “various groups throughout the Middle East.” Continue Reading »
WATCH: Israel’s PM Binyamin Netanyahu thanks U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey in a meeting in Jerusalem, for America’s men & women that are fighting for freedom around the world.
By Cynthia Blank
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Thursday morning in Jerusalem with US of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Jerusalem with US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey on 11, June, 2015 – Photo: Amos Ben Gershom, GPO
“You’ve been a wonderful friend and a grand champion of America and of America-Israel relations,” Netanyahu greeted Dempsey warmly. Continue Reading »