Tag: Israel

Waqf protests Israel has completely taken control of Temple Mount

The Waqf on Saturday protested that Israel had completely superseded its control over the Temple Mount, as Muslim anger mounted following Israel’s closure of the flash point holy site in the wake of the Friday terror attack there.   The Waqf — the Jordan-based Muslim organization that administers the Temple Mount — also said Israeli […]

‘We need to close the Temple Mount to Muslims’

Deputy Defense Minister Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan responded on Friday morning to the shooting attack at the Old City’s Lions Gate in Jerusalem.   “The Cave of the Patriarchs (Me’arat Hamachpelah), the Temple Mount, and Shechem (Nablus) are the three places the Bible tells us were bought at full price in Israel,” Ben-Dahan said. “These are […]

France calls on Israel to reconsider construction plans for settlements in east Jerusalem

France called on Israeli authorities to reconsider the recently granted approval of construction plans for more than 1,500 housing units in settlements in East Jerusalem.   According to a statement by France’s foreign ministry, the French government is also very concerned by information reporting additional plans that could be approved in the coming days, claiming […]

Israel slashes millions from UN budget

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has reduced the United Nations (UN) membership fees that his country contributes by $10m (£7.75m). His decision comes after the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decided to list the Old City of Hebron in the West Bank as an endangered Palestinian world heritage site – a move that […]

Trump is seeing how hard it can be to land the ‘ultimate’ deal between Israel and the Palestinians

President Trump boasted during the election that his real estate background could help him succeed where other U.S. presidents have failed in making what he calls the “ultimate” land deal — a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.Once he took office, he dived into the seemingly in­trac­table conflict immediately and personally, and named his […]

Sean Spicer ‘Not Aware’ of Tense Kushner Abbas Meeting on Israel, Middle East Peace

The White House press secretary said during a Monday press briefing he was “not aware” of reports that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, had a fractious meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday focused on the steps needed to restart Middle East peace […]

Israel and Syria Exchange Warnings

Tensions between Israel and Syria ratcheted up over the weekend after Syrian mortars landed in the Golan Heights, and Israel fired back on Syrian tanks. At least two Syrian soldiers were reported killed, prompting a Syrian warning to Israel. The General Command of the Syrian Army warned Israel overnight Sunday against what it described as […]

Palestinians disappointed after ‘tense’ meeting with Kushner

President Trump will reportedly receive a report about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process following a “tense” meeting between White House senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and leaders about the issue. The London-based Arabic daily al-Hayat reports that Kushner’s meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was “tense,” according to a translation from the Jerusalem Post, and Abbas was reportedly furious […]

Missiles and Threats Fly Over Syria, As Israel Responds to Syrian Mortar Fire

It’s been even more strained than usual these past few days in Syria, where the Assad regime on Sunday warned Israel of retaliation after Israeli jets targeted Syrian tanks in response to mortar shells from Syria landing on Israeli soil. The regime accused Israel of bombing a Syrian army position “in a desperate attempt to […]

Golan battles bring Hizballah near Israeli border

In the last 48 hours, Israel has conducted air strikes on and aimed tank fire at Syrian army positions near Quneitra’s northern suburb of Baath city, 3km from IDF Golan border defenses. (See map). Those positions were the source of the mortar shells that exploded on the Israeli Golan – 10 on Saturday, June 24 […]