Tag Archive for White House

White House seeks clarification on ethical, financial abuses at UNRWA

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 loses patience with Abbas: ‘Time has come to choose, hate or peace’

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 »

REPORT: White House to review ‘aid’ payments to Palestinians

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.

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Trump has till Thursday to determine fate of US Embassy location


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 »

Trump Administration disassociates itself from diplomat’s Western Wall comments


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 »

Sharp White House eyes save Trump from Palestinian ambush in “Pallywood production”


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 »

Netanyahu: We asked Trump to recognize Golan Heights as part of the State of Israel


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 »

Trump puts Iran ‘on notice’ about Ballistic Missile tests in defiance of UN resolution


“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.”



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: Obama orders NSA to spy on Netanyahu


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.”

By i24news


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 »

White House: No Pressure on Netanyahu during Washington visit


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 »

White House Defends Haj Amin al-Husseini by Condemning Netanyahu’s ‘Inflammatory Rhetoric’


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 on November 28, 1941, at the Reich Chancellory in Berlin - Photo: Heinrich Hoffmann Collection/Wikipedia

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 »

U.S. State Dept.: United States won’t protect Jewish towns from BDS boycotts

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 »

White House Supports Israel Over IAF Retaliatory Airstrike in Gaza

White House spokesman throws in support saying: “Clearly the U.S. stands with the people of Israel as they defend their people & their nation against these kind of attacks.”

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff


The White House on Sunday reaffirmed its support for Israel’s right to defend itself after Israeli aircraft struck the Gaza Strip in retaliation for a series of Palestinian rocket attacks.

An Israel Police explosives expert surveys site where a rocket exploded near Ashkelon over the weekend – Photo: Reuters

Late Saturday, a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in an open area in the Hof Ashkelon Regional Council in southern Israel. Continue Reading »

Obama’s conspiracy to oust Netanyahu serious display of hypocrisy

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.

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White House Yells ‘Foul’ Over Netanyahu’s Invitation to Address Congress

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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