President urges world to recognize Jerusalem, move embassies

By Raphael Ahren, Times of Israel— President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday called on the world’s nations to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move their embassies to the city. Minutes after the United Nations’ cultural agency voted on a resolution denying Israel’s ties to the city, the president told foreign ambassadors stationed in Israel that…

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Pence: Trump Giving ‘Serious Consideration’ to Moving Embassy

By Abra Forman, Breaking Israel News— Speaking at a Washington event for Israel’s 69th Independence Day on Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence said that President Donald Trump is still seriously considering moving the US embassy to the capital. “As we speak, is giving serious consideration to moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,”…

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Israeli minister calls to shut UNESCO’s Jerusalem office after contentious vote

BY STUART WINER AND RAPHAEL AHREN, Times of Israel— Israeli Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev is expected to demand that the offices of the UN’s cultural body in Jerusalem be shut following a controversial resolution passed on Tuesday denying Israeli claims to Jerusalem. Regev, of the ruling Likud party, will present her demand…

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Minister calls for annexation of Jerusalem-area towns

BY Mordechai Sones, Arutz 7— Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz calls on Israel to annex large parts of Judea and Samaria in response to UNESCO’s vote rejecting Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem. “The appropriate answer to UNESCO’s decision and to anyone else who doubts our right to sovereignty is to pass the ‘Greater Jerusalem Law’ that…

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Nation marks Israel’s 69th birthday by celebrating in the sun

By Times of Israel– Thousands of Israeli citizens and visitors gathered Tuesday at parks and beaches, at official ceremonies and even in the streets to celebrate Independence Day. The festivities began Monday night, in accordance with the Jewish lunar calendar, with parties, concerts and fireworks in cities across the country. Israelis visited museums and army…

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As UNESCO Rejects Israel’s Sovereignty in Jerusalem, what future does the capital face?

BY SETH J. FRANTZMAN, JPOST— In 1996, the PBS Frontline program aired a four-hour special on the Gulf War between the US and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. The program revealed how Hussein’s atrocities against Kuwaiti civilians were integral to building public support for the war. “This will not stand, this aggression against Kuwait,” George H.W. Bush…

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North Korea threatens Israel with ‘merciless, thousand-fold punishment’

By JPost— Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman hurt the “dignity of the supreme leadership” of North Korea, state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Saturday. The comment was in reaction to Israeli remarks on how the Jewish State is affected by North Korean tension with the United States. In an interview with Hebrew news site…

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All 100 US senators to UN: End ‘unacceptable’ anti-Israel bias

By Times of Israel— All 100 US senators signed a letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres Thursday demanding an end to the “unacceptable” anti-Israel bias in the international body. The strongly worded letter, authored by Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) and released on Friday, was signed by every member of the…

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President Trump proclaims May ‘Jewish American Heritage Month’

By JPost— President Donald Trump declared May to be Jewish American Heritage Month in a press release Friday. “During Jewish American Heritage Month, we celebrate our nation’s strong American Jewish heritage, rooted in the ancient faith and traditions of the Jewish people,” Trump said. Trump mentioned that the Jewish people have left “an indelible mark…

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Congressman: In Israel, Trump will announce embassy move

BY ERIC CORTELLESSA, Times of Israel— Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) said Thursday that US President Donald Trump will announce the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem when he visits Israel at the end of May, fulfilling a campaign promise he appeared to walk back after assuming office. Trump’s planned visit…

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Is Israel delaying the US embassy move?

By Ido ben Porat, Israel National News— Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein related this morning to the delayed transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem. Edelstein told Army Radio that “It had been the intention of the new administration in Washington to declare the transfer of the embassy at the very beginning of , but for understandable…

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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…

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Israel may lose Europe in Jerusalem sovereignty battle at UNESCO

By Tovah Lazaroff, JPost— Israel fears Europe might abstain or support a resolution that would reject Israeli sovereignty over all of Jerusalem, which UNESCO’s executive board in Paris is likely to vote on at its meeting on Tuesday, diplomatic sources told The Jerusalem Post. Representatives from European nations and Arab states held consultations in Paris…

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