Danon touts ‘covert relations with a dozen Arab states’

By Itamar Eichner, Ynetnews— Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, is holding covert contacts with ambassadors from 12 Islamic and Arab countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Israel, Danon revealed to Ynet in an interview. Danon described the contrast between the past and the present, saying that most of the ambassadors would…

Dermer: Israel hopes ‘dramatic change’ in US policy on Iran is weeks away

By Michael Wilner, JPost— The Israeli government hopes that the coming weeks “will bring about a dramatic change” regarding the Iran nuclear deal, Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer said on Tuesday before a room full of lawmakers and Trump administration officials. At his annual Rosh Hashana reception, the ambassador listed Iran as the greatest…

Netanyahu: Temple Mount will remain under Israeli sovereignty forever

By World Israel News— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Israel will never relinquish control over the Temple Mount and the Old City of Jerusalem. Speaking at the Knesset Wednesday during a special session in honor of Jerusalem Day and the 50th anniversary of the city’s reunification, Netanyahu acknowledged there are those who wish to…

Trump’s Visit to Western Wall Affirms That Land of Israel Is God-Given

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, Breaking Israel News— In an unprecedented and historic gesture on Monday, US President Donald Trump became the first sitting American president ever to visit the Western Wall, the last remaining remnant of the Jewish Holy Temple destroyed 2,000 years ago and one of the holiest sites in Israel. The visit deeply…

Palestinians Disappointed, Upset by Trump’s Silence on Two States in Abbas Meeting

By Valerie Locke, Breaking Israel News— Perhaps the most significant words in President Donald Trump’s joint statement with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday were the ones he didn’t say: two-state solution. Trump met with Abbas for the second time this month in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, outside Jerusalem, while on a diplomatic…

Israeli newspaper reports Trump will recognize entire Jerusalem as Israel’s capital during trip

By Sue Surkes, Times of Israel— US President Donald Trump will reverse longstanding US policy by officially recognizing the entire city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but will not implement his election campaign pledge to relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported Thursday. There was no confirmation of…

Jewish groups offer mixed responses to Friedman’s confirmation as Israel envoy

By JTA— Jewish groups offered varied reactions, including disappointment, tepid congratulations and enthusiasm, to the confirmation of David Friedman as US ambassador to Israel. On Thursday the US Senate confirmed Friedman, a longtime lawyer of President Donald Trump who outraged some Jewish groups with his broadsides against liberal Jews, in a 52-46 vote that hewed…