In first, top US diplomat to join PM at Western Wall

By Raphael Ahren, Times of Israel— US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to visit the Western Wall on Thursday afternoon together with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in what could be seen as a tacit recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Jewish holy site. The visit would mark the first time that Washington’s top…

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How Iran is Preparing for War With Israel

By Yochanan Visser, Israel Today— Iranian leaders are very outspoken about their plans with Israel and have repeatedly warned that the ‘Zionist project’ or the Zionist ‘cancer tumor’ will be erased very soon. Already for a long time Israel’s political establishment realizes that this is not merely rhetoric but a very important part of Iran’s…

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Muslims Try to Plant Another Mosque on Temple Mount

By Tsvi Sadan, Israel Today— The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court has ordered the state to immediately shut the Bab el-Rahma structure that is facing the Golden Gate, or Gate of Mercy. A month ago, the Islamic Trust (Waqf) that oversees the Temple Mount decided to reopen the structure and turn it into yet another mosque, the…

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President Trump Accused of Meddling in Israeli Election with Pompeo Visit

By Michael Friedson, The Media Line— That skin gets thinner and nuance more pronounced when elections are imminent is apparent once again with Israel’s general election less than a month away. Arguably, the theme of the April 9th race is “Can anyone beat Bibi?” — the incumbent for the past decade. A recurring theme in…

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Iran Inches Closer to its Goal: “Wipe Israel off the Map”

By Majid Rafizadeh, Gatestone Institute— Iran’s military activities and clear public threats to annihilate Israel continue to grow in frequency and intensity. These moves not only instill fear, as they are doubtless meant to do; they also threaten to disrupt the international community. With such dire promises of conflict, it would be expected that the…

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Jerusalem court orders closure of disputed building on Temple Mount

By Times of Israel— A Jerusalem court on Sunday ordered the temporary closure of a building at the center of rising tensions on the city’s Temple Mount in recent weeks. The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court said the building known as the Gate of Mercy or Golden Gate on the Temple Mount should be closed while legal…

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Turkey’s Erdoğan renews verbal attack against Israel

By Israel Hayom—- The war of words between Turkey and Israel continued Friday when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan rebuked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son for suggesting Istanbul — formerly Constantinople — was under Turkish occupation. The Turkish and Israeli leaders have been trading barbs this week, with Netanyahu calling Erdoğan a “dictator” and criticizing…

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Evangelicals voice concerns with Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan at White House

By Samuel Smith, Christian Post— Evangelical leaders gathered last week at the White House to offer their concerns as the Trump administration will soon unveil its Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal that reportedly could give the Palestinians a capital in parts of East Jerusalem. Last Thursday, a group of conservative evangelical leaders met with Jason Greenblatt, President…

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State Dept: Golan Heights is Israeli

By Gary Willig, Arutz 7— US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released the 2018 Human Rights Reports on Thursday. The report included a section on Israel, the Golan Heights, Judea and Samaria, and Gaza. Notably, the report referred to the Golan Heights as “Israeli-controlled” instead of “Israeli-occupied,” and drops the words “occupied” and “occupation” from…

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US calls Golan ‘Israeli-controlled,’ drops all mention of West Bank ‘occupation’

By Eric Cortellessa, Times of Israel— For the first time, the Trump administration referred to the Golan Heights on Wednesday as “Israeli-controlled” and ceased to refer to the West Bank as “occupied” in the State Department’s annual report on human rights around the world. While last year’s report marked a departure from years of American…

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What’s Behind the Crisis Over the Temple Mount?

By Yochanan Visser, Israel Today— On Tuesday, Israeli police finally decided to close the Temple Mount in Jerusalem after a Muslim terrorist threw a firebomb at a station of the Border Police near the Al-Aqsa Mosque. One police officer was seriously wounded by the firebomb while Muslim worshippers engaged in a violent confrontation after police…

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