Tag: Israel

Thousands attend Israel’s gay pride parade

JERUSALEM ( June 13, 2014) – Shirtless Israeli men, colorfully dressed drag queens and others partied Friday through central Tel Aviv as tens of thousands of people took part in the city’s annual gay pride parade, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East.   Tel Aviv is one of the few places in […]

Livni Meets with PA Officials in London

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni ignored backlash from last month’s meeting with Palestinian Authority (PA) officials, Walla! News reveals Friday, and has met once again with Hamas-Fatah “unity government” representatives in London. Several senior PA officials told the Israeli daily that Livni has, in fact, been in constant contact with government ministers, mainly by telephone. Over the past […]

Israel’s new president: A one-stater, at last

“FOR the first time ever, we have a president espousing a one-state solution,” says a delighted Israeli minister. Choosing between one candidate aspiring to divide the Holy Land into two separate states for Jews and Arabs, and another who champions a single state with more or less equal rights for all, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, […]

Vision of State of Israel ‘not complete’ without Hebron, Nablus

The State of Israel without Hebron and Nablus, without Tel Aviv and Deganya, without Ofakim and Kiryat Shmona is not complete, Education Minister Shai Piron (Yesh Atid) said on Thursday. Speaking at a conference at Ariel University, Piron said: “We cannot reduce greater Israel, we cannot continue to agree to the shrinking and narrowing of […]

Israeli envoy to UN General Assembly: Israel is used to terrorist threats

Israel’s ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor spoke at the 94th plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly on Thursday afternoon, and touted his country’s accomplishments in fighting insurgency and terrorism. He also called out Iran, as he had in many previous speeches, for fulling the Syrian conflict and for being “the world’s primary sponsor […]

Jordan minister calls to ‘protect’ al-Aksa from ‘Israeli violations’

Hayil Abdelhafeez Dawoud, Jordan’s minister of Religious Affairs, called for a comprehensive Arab and Islamic plan in order to “protect” al-Aksa Mosque in Jerusalem from “Israeli violations.” Dawoud told the London-based Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat in an article published on Wednesday that Israeli violations “took a systematic and calculated form, and were no longer mere […]

Netanyahu, Rivlin vow to repair their strained ties

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President- elect Reuven Rivlin began working through their past problems and settling their differences in an effort to build a positive working relationship Wednesday in a meeting at Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem. The two-hour meeting was the first in more than a year between the two men. It came a day […]

Not Much Abbas Can Do About Rockets

The U.S. State Department condemned on Wednesday the rocket fire from Gaza, but also said that Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas cannot do much to stop the attacks, despite having signed a unity pact with Hamas. “We condemn all rocket fire from Gaza. It is unprovoked aggression against civilian targets and is totally unacceptable […]

Danon demands greater security for Jews going to Mount of Olives cemetery

Appalled by chronic attacks against visitors to Judaism’s oldest and largest cemetery, located on the Mount of Olives, Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon demanded greater safety measures during a tour of the holy site Wednesday morning. The cemetery, where four prophets, former prime minister Menachem Begin, Hebrew revivalist Eliezer Ben-Yehuda and leaders of revered rabbinical […]

Netanyahu’s bitter enemy to replace Shimon Peres after ugly contest for influential post

Israel’s parliament has elected Reuven Rivlin, an ardent Jewish nationalist with a reputation as a staunch democrat, as the country’s next president, replacing Shimon Peres, the internationally respected statesman who in recent years provided a dovish foil to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Mr Rivlin, a former speaker of parliament from the ruling Likud party, gained 63 […]