Trump administration to snap ties with Palestinians, no peace plan, no more monetary aid

By Debkafile— The White House has decided to quietly withdraw from all its ties with the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority and Mahmoud Abbas. DEBKAfile’s exclusive sources report that the Trump administration has resolved to scrap all ties with the Palestinian leadership in retaliation for its campaign against US President Donald Trump and his Jerusalem policy. Several…

Trump: Israel is not the cause of problems in the Middle East

By Associated Press— Prioritizing national sovereignty over alliances, U.S. President Donald Trump is poised to outline a new national security strategy that envisions nations in a perpetual state of competition, reverses Obama-era warnings on climate change, and de-emphasizes multinational agreements that have dominated U.S. foreign policy since the Cold War. The Republican president, who ran…

Saudi academic defends Trump’s Jerusalem move, saying Arabs should accept Israel’s ‘historic right’

By Alaraby— A Saudi academic has defended the controversial US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and called on Arabs to “accept” Israel’s claims to the holy city. Abdulhameed Hakeem, the head of the Middle East Center for Strategic and Legal Studies in Jeddah, made the remarks on US-based al-Hurra Arabic-language TV channel on…

What the war over Jerusalem is really about

By Daniel Greenfield— Hamas has announced that President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has opened the “gates of hell.” Its Muslim Brotherhood parent has declared America an “enemy state.” The Arab League boss warned that the Jerusalem move “will fuel extremism and result in violence.” The Jordanian Foreign Minister claimed that…

White House: Abbas’s rhetoric ‘has prevented peace for years’

By TOI Staff— The White House on Wednesday panned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s comments against the US and its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying such rhetoric “has prevented peace for years.” In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was “unimpressed” by Palestinians’ angry rhetoric over US recognition of the Israeli capital.…

This Year In Jerusalem

By Gary Bauer It is hard to adequately express my happiness today.  Overcoming foreign threats and dissent within the U.S. government, President Trump today formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and began the process of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. I am proud of this courageous act by President…

Israel braces for Palestinian backlash following Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem

By Israel Hayom— Hours before an expected announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and declaring a clear intent to relocate the American embassy there, the Israeli defense establishment braced for potential Palestinian backlash. Israeli defense officials did not take lightly Palestinian threats to stage “day of rage” demonstrations in…

From Mueller to Mandelblit

By Caroline Glick, JPOST— There are stunning parallels between US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of alleged collusion between US President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia and the ongoing criminal probes against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara. Monday, after a weekend filled with speculation due to an illegal media leak regarding…