Next Year in Jerusalem?

By James S. Robbins, U.S. News— In his March 2016 speech at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference, then-candidate Donald Trump promised that his administration would “move the U.S. embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.” Last week, ambassador to Israel designate David Friedman said he looks forward to working…

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Priests Partake of Leviticus Showbreads in Preparation for Third Temple

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, BIN— Last Saturday, a Shabbat reenactment of a Temple ritual took place in the holy city of Hebron, giving participants a taste of the Temple service as it was in Biblical times while taking a practical step towards preparing for the Third Temple. More than 80 participants were greeted in Hebron…

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Change is coming and change can be good

By Shoshana Bryan, Jewish Policy Center— President-elect Trump’s choice of David Friedman as Ambassador to Israel appears to be an excellent decision. It has already brought howls of protest from people invested heavily in the Oslo and subsequent accords, the “peace process” and the concept of the United States as an “evenhanded” broker between Israelis…

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Trump Advisor: West Bank Belongs to Israel

By Israel Today— A senior official in US President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team visited this week and stated that the so-called “West Bank” clearly belongs to Israel. Becky Norton Dunlop (pictured) was touring the areas known biblically as Judea and Samaria when she told reporters: “Anyone who comes and visits Judea and Samaria sees that…

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Trump’s envoy to Israel is ready to slay some sacred cows

By Jeff Jacoby, The Boston Globe— DAVID FRIEDMAN avidly supports expanding Israeli settlements in the West Bank, unequivocally rejects a “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and strongly believes the US embassy in Israel should be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Those positions put Friedman — Donald Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer and close friend —…

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Dermer calls on Trump to move embassy to Jerusalem

By Michael Wilner, JPOST— Israel’s Ambassador to the United States on Tuesday called on President-elect Donald Trump to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv, where it has been since the early days of the state, to Jerusalem. At his annual Hanukkah receptions Ambassador Ron Dermer said that such a move “would be a great…

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12 dead, 50 injured as truck plows into crowd at Berlin market

By Israel Hayom— A truck plowed into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin on Monday evening, killing 12 people and injuring 50 others in what Germany’s interior minister said looked like a terrorist attack. Local media reported Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, but security sources said those claims were still being…

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No Holds Barred: Tillerson can influence Arab governments to recognize Israel

By Shmuley Boteach, JPost— The pro-Israel community should welcome Tillerson’s appointment. President-elect Donald Trump has nominated ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of state. Given his extensive involvement in the Middle East with the Arab oil producers and seeming lack of exposure to Israel, the immediate response of some in the pro-Israel community has…

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Former Israeli Defense Minister Outlines ‘Grand Proactive’ Middle East Strategy for Trump Administration

By Barney Breen-Portnoy, Algemeiner— US President-elect Donald Trump will need to “formulate a grand strategy for the Middle East” with the primary question being “whether the United States intends on playing a more active or even more proactive role” in the region than it did during outgoing President Barack Obama’s time in office, a former…

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Trump taps adviser Friedman as ambassador to Israel; he expects to work from Jerusalem

BY ERIC CORTELLESSA, Times of Israel— President-elect Donald Trump will nominate his adviser and long-time friend David Friedman to be the next US ambassador to Israel, his transition team announced Thursday, in a statement that quoted Friedman predicting he would work from “Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.” The 57-year-old bankruptcy attorney, a Hebrew-speaker, served along with…

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Incoming ambassador says looking forward to working from ‘Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.’

By i24News— President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday nominated David Friedman — an attorney and campaign adviser who backs moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem — as ambassador to the Jewish state. “The bond between Israel and the United States runs deep, and I will ensure there is no daylight between us when I’m…

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