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ISRAEL – UN mulls over measure rejecting US decision on Jerusalem

The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution that would affirm that any change to the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and must be rescinded, in response to the US decision to recognize the city as Israel’s capital. Egypt circulated the draft text on Saturday and diplomats said the council could vote […]

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Turkey helps rebuild the liberated Syrian border town of Jarabulus

A year after it was liberated from Islamic State group control, the Syrian town of Jarabulus is rebuilding — thanks in large part to help from Turkey. The rebuilding of Jarabulus has begun. Apartment buildings are springing up, infrastructure is being restored, and Ankara’s influence is apparent everywhere. Even the fire engines are labelled, “Presents […]

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Mike Pence Won’t Be Welcome at Jerusalem Church

Vice President Mike Pence was snubbed Wednesday by the custodian of one of the most holy sites in Christianity when he was refused a welcome to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Israeli media reported that Adeeb Jowdeh al-Husseini, the Custodian of the Keys to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, said he […]

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New clashes as deadly fallout over Jerusalem continues

Palestinian protesters clashed anew with Israeli forces on Friday as the fallout continued from US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, with two Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in Gaza. Following Muslim prayers on Friday, Palestinians set fire to tires and threw rocks at Israeli soldiers, who responded with tear gas and […]

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US Jets Intercepted Russian Warplanes in Syria, Pentagon Says

Two U.S. warplanes intercepted two Russian jets over a part of Syria they were not supposed to be operating in, the Pentagon said Thursday. At one point during Wednesday’s incident, the American F-22 Raptor stealth fighters deployed radar and infrared countermeasures to try to persuade the Russian Su-25s to leave the area, and one U.S. […]

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Saudi Arabia: Trump serious about Israel-PA peace

Saudi Arabia”s foreign minister says he believes the U.S. administration is serious about getting a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs, but its proposed plan is still being put together. The minister, Adel al-Jubeir, made the comments in an interview with France 24 television and was quoted by Reuters. “We believe the Trump administration […]

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‘Wait, don’t go! I’m a Jew!’

A group of students from the Maalot hesder yeshiva in Israel’s north distributing menorahs, Hanukkah candles, and chocolate coins to local residents aroused dormant memories of a Jewish woman’s deceased grandfather. The students arrived at the woman’s home as part of a program from their yeshiva and the “Karov Lalev” organization, which aims to overcome […]

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With cameras and rocks: Arabs surround Jewish town

Arab shepherds with hundreds of sheep, goats, and cows on Friday morning neared the Jewish town of Maskiot in the Jordan Valley, in an attempt to provoke the Jewish residents. In recent months, Arabs have arrived daily at Maskiot, encouraged by extreme leftist activists. David Herzlich, who lives in Maskiot, told Arutz Sheva that the […]

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OpEd: Europe hates Israel–and itself

By Steve Kramer ALFE MENASHE, Israel — This week, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini “guaranteed” to the Palestinian Arabs, EU support for a divided Jerusalem. She rebuked Prime Minister Netanyahu, “You know where the European Union stands. We believe that the only realistic solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine is based on […]

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US Official Accuses Turkey of Pushing Extreme Islamist Ideology

An already tense relationship between the United States and Turkey appears to be under more strain after a top Trump administration official accused Turkey of spreading what he called extreme Islamist ideology around the world. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, General H.R. McMaster, said Tuesday that Turkey had joined Qatar as a prime source […]

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Nazareth Cancels Christmas Because Of Donald Trump

Nazareth, the mostly Muslim town in current-day Israel where Christians believe Jesus Christ was raised, canceled all Christmas celebrations this year, saying that President Donald Trump had taken the joy out of the holiday. The decision by Mayor Ali Salam to cancel festivities was made in protest of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the […]

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European leaders push back against J’lem declaration

Days after PM Netanyahu”s visits with European leaders in Paris and Belgium, French President Emmanuel Macron and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel are reportedly advancing an initiative pushing back against US President Donald Trump”s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. According to Channel 10, the proposal, to be presented at a summit of […]

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Israeli support for Trump surges after Jerusalem recognition

Support for President Donald Trump among Jewish Israelis soared following his recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital last Wednesday. According to a poll conducted by the Smith Research company on behalf of The Jerusalem Post, more than three-quarters (76%) of Israelis believe the Trump administration is solidly pro-Israel. A mere 2% believe the Trump […]

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Hamas chief calls for fresh protests against Trump Jerusalem move

The head of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas called Thursday for fresh protests across the world against US President Donald Trump’s controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “We demand the Islamic world make every Friday a day of anger and revolution in every capital and city until we bring down Trump’s decision,” Ismail Haniya said. […]

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