Seeing Labour’s defeat a ‘milestone in the fight against hatred,’ Israel’s Foreign Minister applauds ‘British values’ as they voted against a leadership accused of facilitating systemic antisemitism.
By Arutz Sheva and AFP
Israel Friday hailed the election defeat of Britain’s Labour Party as a “milestone in the fight against hatred” after its leadership was accused of inaction against anti-Semitism in its ranks.
Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz – Photo GPO
“I congratulate British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the UK Conservative Party on a decisive victory,” Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz said.
“This is not just a political victory, it is first and foremost a victory of values.” Continue Reading »
The South Pacific nation of Nauru becomes the latest country recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital, just a few days after Honduras, following the lead of US President Trump, who ‘broke the ice’ standing against the Arab world.
By Itamar Eichner
The tiny Pacific island of Nauru has become the latest country to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, following in the footsteps of a number of countries, with the U.S. at their head.
The declaration came after diplomatic negotiations by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz and the Nauruan embassy in Israel, with the help of the honorary consul of Nauru in Israel, David Ben Basat. Continue Reading »
Following a report on Tuesday by Israel’s Foreign Minister announcing IDFs involvement in the US-led naval operation to neutralize the “Iranian threat” in the Strait of Hormuz, Iran’s Defense Ministry warned of “disastrous consequences” should it be true.
Iran’s Defense Ministry warned on Thursday that any Israeli involvement in a US-led naval operation into the Strait of Hormuz would have “disastrous consequences” for the region.
The warning comes as Washington ramps up pressure on the Islamic Republic following a string of incidents that have stirred tensions in the Gulf, including Tehran’s capture of a UK oil tanker last month and the downing of US drone over the Strait of Hormuz earlier in the summer. Continue Reading »
Israel’s new Foreign Minister, Yisrael Katz, scheduled to present a “national, diplomatic and strategic objective of the highest order” to the cabinet for the transfer of all foreign embassies currently in Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital.
– To promote the plan, Israel would give countries an aid package of about $14.2 million to ease moving expenses.
By Ariel Kahana
For the first time ever, the Israeli government is preparing an official initiative to relocate and open foreign embassies in Jerusalem. Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz will soon present his proposal to the cabinet to designate the transfer of embassies to Jerusalem as a “national, diplomatic and strategic objective of the highest order.” Continue Reading »
The publicly scheduled meeting in Washington with Israel’s Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz and Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifaand was hosted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
By Nitsan Keidar
Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz, who is visiting Washington, held a first public meeting with Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.
The public meeting and a joint photo of the two were coordinated behind the scenes by US State Department officials as part of a conference on religious freedom in Washington hosted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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Israel’s Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz in Abu Dhabi.
Israel’s new Foreign Minister Yisarel Katz, told an international security conference this week, “We must be prepared for this, and thus the State of Israel continues to devote itself to building up its military might for the event that it will have to respond to escalation scenarios.”
Israel is preparing for its role in a potential military escalation between the U.S. and Iran, Foreign Minister Yisarel Katz told an international security conference this week, suggesting the Islamic Republic may take a decisive step into the “red zone.”
“It should be taken into account that mistaken calculations by the [Iranian] regime…are liable to bring about a shift from the ‘gray zone’ to the ‘red zone’ – that is, a military conflagration,” he said in a speech on Tuesday at the 19th annual Herzliya Conference. Continue Reading »
President Trump’s special mid-East envoy Jason Greenblatt tweeted his support for the rail line Israel’s Minister of Transportation proposed during his historic visit to Oman, linking Israel’s ports on the Mediterranean to Jordan, Saudi Arabia & the Gulf States.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
The Trump Administration has backed an Israeli plan to link Haifa with Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, hinting that it was in line with the US peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
US Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt tweeted his support for the rail line as Israeli Minister of Transportation and Intelligence Israel Katz made a historic visit to Oman to present its details to an international transportation event, the IRU World Congress. Continue Reading »
Neglecting coordination with Israel, EU concocts plans connecting Judea and Samaria to Gaza airports, seaports, and railway hubs going right through Israel.
– Israel’s Transportation Minister rejects EU’s partisan methodology out of hand.
By Mordechai Sones
The European Union has formulated a plan to establish a transportation infrastructure to connect Gaza to Judea and Samaria without informing or involving elements in Israel.
According to today’s report on Reshet Bet as part of the plan it is proposed to build huge infrastructures also including “Area C” – places retained in the Oslo Accords under full Israeli control.
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On a different proposal: Israel’s Transportation Minister Israel Katz proposed a rail link plan beginning at Israeli ports to Palestinian industrial centers, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
As Air India Flight AI139 rolled to a halt at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz said,”This is a historic moment,” recognizing Saudi Arabia’s first official pro-Israel agreement.
Air India launched on Thursday the first scheduled service to Israel to be allowed to cross Saudi airspace, a sign of a behind-the-scenes improvement in ties between the Arab kingdom and the Jewish state.
Flight AI 139 landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport about 30 minutes after its scheduled arrival time of 1945 GMT.
An Air India Boeing 777-300ER – Photo: Wikimedia Commons
“This is a historic moment,” Israeli Transport Minister Yisrael Katz told AFP on the tarmac as the Boeing Dreamliner rolled to a halt. Continue Reading »
Israel allocates NIS 15 million for Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz’s ambitious ‘peace train’ to carry passengers & cargo from the Israeli Mediterranean coast to Jordan, or if there is a peace agreement between all the countries, on to Iraq & Saudi Arabia.
By Ofer Petersburg
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz’s ambitious plan to connect extend the railroad tracks from Beit She’an East to the Sheikh Hussein crossing at the Jordanian border was allocated NIS 15 million in the 2019 budget.
The funds will be invested in planning the extension of the tracks to the border crossing.
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Israel’s Transportation Minister Israel Katz proposes rail link to Jordan, Saudi Arabia.
In Tokyo promoting a tougher Iran nuclear deal, Israel’s Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz says that if the U.S. is unable to stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions, Jerusalem will take action “by itself.”
• Israel’s gov’t won’t allow Iran turn Syria into its military base, he added.
Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff
Israel is willing to resort to military action to ensure Iran never acquires nuclear weapons, Israel’s intelligence minister said on Thursday in Japan where he is drumming up support for U.S. President Donald Trump’s tougher line on Tehran.
On. Oct. 13, Trump said he would not certify that Iran is complying with an agreement on curtailing its nuclear program, signed by predecessor Barack Obama, opening a 60-day window for Congress to reimpose sanctions. Continue Reading »
Likud Minister Katz presents US officials with a stratagem to sever Iranian influence in Syria, that includes sanctions against Iran & Hezbollah, along with bilateral US-Israeli action to prevent Tehran from actualizing a presence on Israel’s northern border.
By Itamar Eichner
Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) suggested during his visit to the US that the Trump administration formulate a five-point US-Israeli memorandum of understanding (MOU) document to remove Iranian influence from Syria.
The document consisted of a series of key points designed to tighten the noose around Iran and its proxies in order to prevent its aggression in the region, particularly through the terror organization Hezbollah. Continue Reading »
India’s largest airline, Air India, announces three weekly direct flights between New Delhi, Tel Aviv to begin in May, to augment the only current direct Israel-New Delhi flights that are via El Al.
• Also, Tus Airways of Cyprus launches its new direct flights from Athens to Haifa.
By Ilan Gattegno, Daniel Siryoti & Israel Hayom Staff
India’s largest airline, Air India, on Thursday announced plans to launch direct flights between Tel Aviv and New Delhi, saying that it plans to have three weekly flights on the route, which is expected to become operational in May.
The route is expected to serve the increasing number of Indian tourists visiting Israel and Israelis traveling to India as a result of the strong ties developed between the two countries. Continue Reading »
The first tunnel boring machine, ‘Golda’, named after Israel’s first female Prime Minister, begins working on Tel Aviv’s light rail train route.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
The first excavation machine for the light rail route in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area has been named ‘Golda,’ after the late Prime Minister Golda Meir.
The excavation machine ‘Golda’ began work today (Sunday) to clear land for the laying of the tracks, which will serve Tel Aviv and surrounding parts of the Gush Dan region in the center of the country.
Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) digging planed underground electric light rail train route – [illustration] YouTube
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) said: “Golda Meir was the first [woman] to serve as Prime Minister, and was one of the six who laid the cornerstone here. Continue Reading »
Minister of Transportation Katz orders plans drawn for high-speed railway extension from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, allowing riders to get from an underground station in the Old City, close to the Western Wall, to Tel Aviv in under half an hour.
By Ofer Petersburg
Minister of Transportation and Road Safety Yisrael Katz has instructed the ministry’s staff to promote the planning of an extension to the upcoming high-speed railway line from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem so that it extends into the Old City, near the Western Wall. As part of the project, an underground stop will be built in the Western Wall area. Continue Reading »