Ambassador David Friedman: Republicans support Israel more than Democrats

By Times of Israel— Republicans are undoubtedly better friends of Israel than Democrats are, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Wednesday, lambasting the Democratic Party for failing to sufficiently mobilize its constituents to support the Jewish state. “The argument that I hear from some Democrats that Republicans are seizing the pro-Israel mantle is true,…

Palestinians Attack American Delegation in Bethlehem

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, Breaking Israel News— A crowd of angry Palestinian protesters chased American diplomats out of Bethlehem on Tuesday, signifying a shift of focus in Palestinian anger, which is now directed at the United States and its president. Jerusalem, formerly the battlefield for the Muslim-Jewish conflict and directly north of Bethlehem, appears to…

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…