Ancient Roman Theater Discovered Under Kotel Proves “Deep Connection of Jewish People to Jerusalem”

By Eliana Rudee, Breaking Israel News— In a surprising find by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), archaeologists have unearthed an ancient theater, the first ever found in Jerusalem, which proves Jewish heritage reaches back thousands of years. Dating back to the Roman period, the Western Wall Heritage Foundation and the Western Wall rabbi have deemed…

US leaves UNESCO, citing ‘anti-Israel bias’; Israel follows suit

By World Israel  News— The Department of State notified United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova of the U.S. decision to withdraw from the organization and to seek to establish a permanent observer mission to UNESCO, the State Department announced Thursday. “This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns…

Hamas, Fatah reach Palestinian unity deal at Cairo talks

By FARES AKRAM and MOHAMMAD DARAGHMEH, Times of Israel— Rival groups Hamas and Fatah have reached a preliminary, partial agreement that could pave the way for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to resume governing the Gaza Strip, a decade after Hamas overran the territory, officials close to Egyptian-brokered negotiations said on Thursday. Details of the…

The Trump administration is withdrawing from Unesco, the U.N. cultural organization, citing unpaid dues and the group’s “anti-Israel bias”

By GARDINER HARRIS and STEVEN ERLANGER, NY Times— The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it would withdraw from Unesco, the United Nations cultural organization, after years of the United States distancing itself because of what it called the group’s “anti-Israel bias.” The administration also cited mounting arrears at the organization as a reason for the…