Trump UN Envoy pick slams settlements resolution as ‘the ultimate low’

By Michael Wilner, JPost— President elect Donald Trump’s choice for ambassador to the UN vowed Wednesday a sharp pivot in US policy at the international body, questioning its bias against Israel and its inability to address the world’s most pressing crises. At her Senate confirmation hearing, Nikki Haley, who currently serves as South Carolina’s governor,…

Tillerson criticizes U.S. decision to abstain from U.N. Israel vote

By Steven Mufson and Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post— Rex Tillerson condemned the Obama administration’s decision not to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution critical of Israel’s development of settlements on the West Bank. The former ExxonMobil chief said the resolution was “not helpful” and “undermines” the conditions for peace talks to continue. He described Secretary…

Israel has a Trump card to play

By Earl Cox, Israel Always— In trade mark tyrannical fashion, lame-duck President Barack Obama betrayed Dec. 23 by instructing the U.S. delegation to abstain on U.N. Security Council’s Resolution 2334—a blatantly one-sided, anti-Israel move. His maneuver ignored the will of the American electorate, the bi-partisan consensus in Congress, and America’s historic record of support for…

Trump’s team to PA: ‘There is no Palestine, Jerusalem is not your capital’

By World Israel News— President-elect Donald Trump’s transitional team has recently been in contact with the Palestinians on how to proceed with diplomatic negotiations. Israel Radio, in a report on Tuesday, quoted sources within Trump’s team and among Palestinian Authority officials who affirmed that the contacts were taking place. In the report, an unnamed “senior…

US senators introduce bill to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, move embassy

BY ERIC CORTELLESSA, Times of Israel— Three US senators have introduced legislation that would commit the United States to moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a move US presidents have opposed for decades but which President-elect Donald Trump has repeatedly signaled he is willing to do. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R), Florida…

Trump ‘aggressively’ pursuing Netanyahu to attend inauguration

By Times of Israel-— Deputy Minister Michael Oren on Thursday slammed US Secretary of State John Kerry’s address on the peace process as historically inaccurate, offensive and dangerous, and called for a total reset of US-Israel ties. Oren, a former Israeli ambassador to Washington, also said that the outgoing administration’s critical view of the Israeli…

Trump Tightens Jewish Relations Ahead of January Inauguration

By Elizabeth Kratz/JNS.org President-elect Donald Trump, who frequently takes pride in his track record as a negotiator, this week named one of his campaign advisers on issues related to Israel as the incoming administration’s special representative for international negotiations. Real estate transactions lawyer Jason Dov Greenblatt, who alongside U.S. ambassador to Israel appointee David Friedman…