The White House requested to be updated on potential misuse of US funding of UNRWA; Switzerland suspended their aid with the Netherlands following suit in the wake of the UN report of sexual misconduct, corruption at the highest levels of the Palestinian refugee agency.
By Elad Benari
The White House is seeking clarifications from the UN on the investigation into alleged ethical abuses at UNRWA, the UN agency for “Palestinian refugees”, Israel’s Channel 12 News revealed on Friday.
A senior official told the channel that even though the US stopped contributing to UNRWA, they are concerned there was misuse of US funds. Continue Reading »
White House responds forceable to PA autocrat Mahmoud Abbas’ latest insults, saying time has come to choose between hate and peace, says Jason Greenblatt, President Trump’s special representative for international negotiations.
WASHINGTON — The White House forcefully pushed back on Monday night against a fresh round of insults from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas hurled at a senior member of the Trump administration, after remaining quiet for months through his attacks following their decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Since that December policy move, Abbas and his aides have repeatedly attacked President Donald Trump and his senior staff. Continue Reading »
Senior administration official says the White House on Friday will be looking into cutting its financial aid to Abbas’ Palestinian Authority, following President Trump’s tweets on the issue.
By Elad Benari
The White House is actively looking at cutting aid to the Palestinian Authority, and is expected to hold a discussion on the matter on Friday, a senior administration official told Haaretz on Thursday night.
The move follows President Donald Trump’s tweets earlier this week in which he expressed doubt over the usefulness of American aid to the Palestinians, given their refusal to resume peace talks with Israel.
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 »
White House issues prompt and decisive response: Remarks made earlier today by American diplomats in Israel that suggested the Western Wall is not part of Israel, “do not reflect the U.S. position, and certainly not the President’s position.”
By Nitsan Keidar
The White House on Monday disassociated itself from remarks by American diplomats, who told representatives of the Prime Minister’s Office that the Western Wall is not part of Israel but rather part of the “West Bank”.
“These comments, if true, were not authorized by the White House. They do not reflect the U.S. position, and certainly not the President’s position,” a White House spokesman told Haaretz. Continue Reading »
BUSTED: Officials working for the Palestinian Authority despot Mahmoud Abbas, connived in a covert photo-op ‘ambush’ of President Trump with the grave of arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat centered clearly in a propaganda inspired photograph.
By David Rosenberg
President Donald Trump is slated to visit Israel from May 22nd to 23rd, during celebrations for 50 years of Jerusalem’s reunification, his first state visit to Israel as president, during which time he is tentatively scheduled to meet with Palestinian Authority officials in Ramallah.
While state visits to the Palestinian Authority leadership in Ramallah have become an established feature of visits to Israel by senior Western leaders, PA officials apparently had something bigger and less innocuous planned than the typical meet-and-greet. Continue Reading »
In a historic departure from the dictated ‘Two State Solution’ Netanyahu, who also spoke with reporters after his meeting with Trump, did not mention it, rather touched on other subjects.
By Hezki Baruch,
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday held a press briefing following his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, in which he revealed that he asked Trump to fully recognize Israel’s presence in Golan Heights as part of the State of Israel.
He noted that Trump did not rule out the possibility and was not surprised by the request.
Netanyahu also hailed the friendship between the United States and Israel, saying, “I’ve felt quite a few miracles in my life and I can say that we have never had a greater friend than Trump. Continue Reading »
“The Obama administration failed to respond adequately to Tehran’s malign actions – including weapons transfers, support for terrorism & other violations of int’l norms,” said the White House Press Secretary, noting this White House was “not going to sit by and not act.”
By MICHAEL WILNER
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration sent a stark message to Tehran on Wednesday over Iran’s continued missile tests and support for proxy militia groups battling Saudi Arabian forces.
Speaking publicly for the first time since Donald Trump became US president, his national security adviser, retired General Michael Flynn, said the White House was putting Iran “on notice,” and vowed to act decisively in response. 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 »
Deputy national security adviser reported Obama will not pressure Netanyahu during his White House visit because no peace talks planned during Obama’s final year, as neither Israelis nor Palestinians have taken steps required for peace.
By Yitzhak Benhorin
WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama has ruled out the possibility of renewing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks before the end of his term in 2016, according to a statement Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes made while speaking to the press Thursday night.
Netanyahu during a previous visit to the White House. – Photo: Reuters
Rhodes’ comments come just days before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to arrive in Washington for talks with Obama, who the deputy said does not currently see any chance for a two state solution. Continue Reading »
Day after Israel’s Prime Minister clarified his comment, the White House spokesperson publicly attacks Netanyahu’s suggestion that [in 1941] Jerusalem’s Grand Mufti contributed to the Holocaust.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
The White House condemned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for “inflammatory rhetoric” Thursday after he said that a celebrated early Palestinian Arab leader played a central role in instigating the Holocaust.
Hitler hosts Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini at the Reich Chancellory in Berlin, 1941 – Photo: Heinrich Hoffmann Collection/Wikipedia
Netanyahu on Tuesday suggested Hitler was not planning to exterminate the Jews until he met Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini in 1941. Continue Reading »
White House takes issue with wording of recently passed Congressional trade legislation, stating the anti-BDS amendment “runs counter to long-standing U.S. policy” toward disputed territories claimed by the Palestinian Arabs.
By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
One day after U.S. President Barack Obama signed hard-fought trade legislation, his administration took issue with language meant to discourage boycotts of Israel.
An Israeli community in Samaria [Archive] – Photo: Reuters
The “fast-track” trade bill takes aim at boycott efforts against Israel. A bipartisan amendment — which drew comparatively little attention in Congress’ long, multifaceted trade debate — instructs U.S. negotiators to resist other countries’ actions that support the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel because of its policies in “Israeli-controlled territories.” Continue Reading »
Republicans say Obama’s former aid, who’s working for Likud’s opposition, reflects “White House hypocrisy”, noting how Obama is more than “quietly rooting” for PM Netanyahu’s defeat in the upcoming Israeli election.
By Dan Lavie
A former adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama is currently working to unseat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a New York Times headline suggested this weekend. The accompanying article detailed the efforts of Jeremy Bird, the architect of the Victory 2015 movement, to replace the existing Israeli leadership.
Former Obama aide Jeremy Bird – Photo: GettyImages
Bird is a founding partner of the political consulting firm 270 Strategies.
White House spokesman says PM Netanyahu’s address to Congress ‘departs from protocol’ after it says Jerusalem has not given proper notice of the invitation.
By Tova Dvorin
The White House gave an icy response to news that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was invited to address Congress next month, saying it was a departure from diplomatic protocol, according to AFP.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest – Reuters
“We haven’t heard from the Israelis directly about the trip at all,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. “The typical protocol would suggest that the leader of a country would contact the leader of another country when he is traveling there… So this particular event seems to be a departure from that protocol.”
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