Tag: Israel

France pushing for tough EU response to any West Bank annexation

France is urging its European Union partners to consider threatening Israel with a tough response if it goes ahead with a de facto annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, three EU diplomats said. Belgium, Ireland, and Luxembourg also want to discuss the possibility of punitive economic measures during a foreign ministers’ meeting on Friday, the […]

Hamas MP says Israeli annexation ‘violates Allah’s will’

Hamas Parliament member and cleric Yunis al-Astal  said in a parliament session last week that Israeli annexation of parts of Judea and Samaria would constitute a crime against the will of Allah, and called for the parliament to recommend the murder of Jews “wherever they may be found.” In the May 6 session, which aired on […]

Opinion: What Pompeo’s High-speed Mid-pandemic Trip to Israel Is Really About

His own State Department remains on lockdown, with most employees working from their homes. The entire world is subject to a Level 4 “Do Not Travel” warning. White House officials who have attended West Wing  meetings with him have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days. Yet with all that, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will touch […]

Will EU sanction Israel over annexation plans?

The European Commission considers imposing sanctionson Israel if Jerusalem decides to advance its annexation plan this summer. Foreign ministers of the European Union are expected to discuss the issue at their next monthly meeting on May 15, one day after the swearing-in of Israel’s new government. According to the unity agreement between the Likud and Blue […]

Abbas: ‘If Israel annexes a single centimeter, all agreements with Israel, US canceled’

If Israel annexes “even a single centimeter” of land in Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley, the Palestinian Authority will consider itself no longer bound by any of the agreements it has signed with Israel or the United States, said P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas last week. In an address posted to Palestine TV’s Facebook […]

Pompeo visits Israel on the day its new government is sworn in

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is to pay a short visit to Israel on May 13, ending a pause in his international travels due to coronavirus. He will meet both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, an old friend, and Benny Gantz, the new “alternative prime minister,” on the day that the pair take office as […]

Close to half of Israelis back annexation, less than a third think it’ll happen

Slightly fewer than half of Israelis back plans to annex parts of the West Bank, and even fewer people think the government will actually go through with its annexation plans, according to a survey released Sunday. Asked whether they back annexation in the near future, 44.7 percent of respondents to an Israel Democracy Institute survey […]

Emergency Request Submitted to Allow Jews to Return to the Temple Mount

Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir submitted an emergency request on behalf of Jewish/Israeli Temple Mount activists Arnon Segal and Yehuda Etzion on Monday to Israel’s Supreme Court. The request demanded that they, and Jews in general be allowed onto the Temple Mount which was closed due to Health Ministry regulations. The signatories commit to observing all […]

US salutes Jewish People who ‘Demonstrate an unbreakable spirit’

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today issued a special announcement on the occasion of Jewish American Heritage Month in the United States. “In the centuries since the founding of our nation, Jewish Americans have enriched our country’s culture and character. As Jewish American Heritage Month commences, we reaffirm our support for the Jewish community […]

Emergency Request Submitted to Allow Jews to Return to the Temple Mount

Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir submitted an emergency request on behalf of Jewish/Israeli Temple Mount activists Arnon Segal and Yehuda Etzion on Monday to Israel’s Supreme Court. The request demanded that they, and Jews in general be allowed onto the Temple Mount which was closed due to Health Ministry regulations. The signatories commit to observing all […]