Israel gears up for Jerusalem sovereignty fight in UNESCO

By Tovah Lazaroff, JPost— Israel is pushing to sway the 21 nations on UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee to reject a resolution disavowing Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, when the committee meets in Krakow, Poland, July 2-12. The diplomatic battle comes at the same time Israel is dealing with the American Jewish community over the centrality of…

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Washington Saying Ramallah Isn’t Giving Peace a Chance

By JNI MEDIA— The meetings last Wednesday and Thursday, between resident Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner and US special envoy to the peace process Jason Greenblatt with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and PLO chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, were described as “disheartening” by PA officials who spoke to Al-Hayat. According to the PA officials, the…

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US pressure on Israel? No need to panic!

By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, Israel Hayom— Can Israel afford to defy US presidential pressure to concede land, which is historically and militarily critical to the future of the Jewish State? US presidential pressure has been an integral part of the US-Israel saga since 1948. However, in retrospect, US pressure on Israel has been based…

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Israel, American Jewry and Trump’s God

By Caroline Glick, JPOST— Earlier this month Norway, Denmark and Switzerland did something surprising. Norway announced that it was demanding the return of its money from the Palestinian Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Secretariat, for the latter’s funding of a Palestinian women’s group that built a youth center near Nablus named for PLO mass murderer…

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Analysis: Time to recognize Israel as world’s oldest victim of ‘fake news’

By Judith Bergman, WorldIsraelNews— Academic and media professionals, journalists and diplomats, governmental, non-governmental and international organizations have been rewriting the history of Israel – both ancient and modern – for decades, portraying Israel as an abhorrent state, guilty of the lowest forms of crimes. The concerted and massive effort to denigrate a modern state –…

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‘Devastating’ survey shows huge loss of Israel support among Jewish college students

BY AMANDA BORSCHEL-DAN, Times of Israel— More than a decade ago, a diverse focus group of Americans was asked to describe a typical Italian house. Words like “lush, food, cooking, maternal, welcoming” quickly rolled of the tongue. The same group was asked about an Israeli home and a very different vibe was described: “concrete, strict,…

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Trump Envoy Greenblatt Meets With Netanyahu in Jerusalem, as US Seeks Renewal of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

By Algemeiner— Jason Greenblatt — US President Donald Trump’s international negotiations representative — met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Tuesday, but remained tight-lipped as to the substance of their discussions. Greenblatt said on Twitter that he “appreciated” the sit-down with Netanyahu and his staff in advance of further talks when Jared…

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‘Love of Christians’ touted as strategic asset for Israel at major policy conference

By Adam Abrams/JNS.org The strategic importance of Christian Zionism was featured this week at the 2017 Herzliya Conference, one of Israel’s most prominent annual policy summits. Organizers describe the conference, which is hosted by the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya research college, as a platform that “facilitates and encourages an informed…

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Palestinians praise terror attack

By Bassam Tawil, Gatestone— For many Palestinians, the stabbing murder of a 23-year-old Israeli Border Police officer in Jerusalem on June 16 is an act of “heroism” that proves that the “revolution against the Zionist entity will continue until the liberation of Palestine, from the (Mediterranean) sea to the (Jordan) river.” For many Palestinians, the…

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Bennett submits bill to make it ‘impossible’ to divide Jerusalem

BY RAOUL WOOTLIFF, Times of Israel— Education Minister Naftali Bennett formally proposed legislation Sunday that would require a special two-thirds Knesset majority on any decision to divide Jerusalem under a future peace deal with the Palestinians, saying that the bill would effectively make such a move “impossible.” Bennett, who leads the pro-settlement Jewish Home party,…

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Jared Kushner to travel to Mideast to advance Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts

BY RAPHAEL AHREN, Times of Israel— Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is to travel to the Middle East this week to meet with Israeli and Palestinian officials in an effort to advance peace efforts pursued by his father-in-law US President Donald Trump. Kushner will travel along with special envoy Jason Greenblatt to meet with…

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