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…

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Israeli experts not expecting Trump to move embassy to Jerusalem

By Steve Leibowitz, World Israel News— There is a great deal of anticipation in Israel ahead of US President Donald Trump’s announcement due Wednesday regarding Washington’s policy toward Jerusalem. Trump surprised Israeli leaders and pundits last week when he called for action on his campaign promise to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to…

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Report: US Quietly Taking Major Steps Toward Moving Israeli Embassy

By Benjamin Kerstein, Algemeiner— With the world poised for President Donald Trump’s expected statement on Wednesday that the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, American officials are quietly taking major steps toward moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city, a leading Israeli publication reported. According to Israel’s Channel 2, sources have…

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Embassy waiver lapses – is embassy move underway?

By David Rosenberg The security waiver used by every president since Bill Clinton to avoid implementation of a 1995 law requiring the US embassy in Israel be relocated to the capital city of Jerusalem lapsed Monday night amid speculation President Donald Trump could officially recognize the city as Israel’s capital or even announce an embassy moveas early as this week.…

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Dermer: War on northern border could be just ‘weeks’ away

By Tal Polon, Breaking Israel News— The chances of war on Israel’s northern border could be “weeks” away, according to Israel’s Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer. In an interview on Monday with Politico touching on a wide range of issues, Dermer said that the chances of a military conflict taking place in the near…

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Trump to announce Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

By Michael Wilner, JPost— US President Donald Trump will announce that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, several US media organizations reported on Friday. The reports note that Trump will not accompany the announcement with a final decision to relocate the US embassy there from Tel Aviv. They do not detail whether Trump will explain…

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Saudis Fed Up: “Palestinians Milking Us for Decades”

By Basaam Tawil, Gatestone— A young Saudi man has posted videos on social media in which he calls the Palestinians “dogs” and “pigs.” The man says that Saudi Arabia has provided the ungrateful Palestinians with “billions of dollars” during the past few decades. “The Palestinians,” the Saudi man charges, “have been milking us for decades.”…

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Storm Clouds Gathering

By Isi Leibler, Israel Hayom— The Syrian civil war is almost over. President Basher Assad remains in power, and Iran and its proxy Hezbollah are the clear victors. Disconcertingly, the Americans and Russians have apparently agreed to let Hezbollah and Iranian ground forces remain, threatening Israel’s northern borders. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has given…

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Hezbollah Chieftain Nasrallah a ‘Target’ for Israel in ‘Next War in Lebanon,’ IDF General Says

By Ben Cohen, Algemeiner— The head of Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy Shia terrorist organization in Lebanon, will be a “target” for Israel in a future war on its northern border, an IDF General has stated in an interview with reporters in the southern port city of Eilat. “Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah is an IDF target…

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VP Pence: Trump Considering When and How to Move US Embassy to Jerusalem

By Herb Keinon, JPost— US President Donald Trump is “actively considering when and how” to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, Vice President Michael Pence said Tuesday, placing the issue back on the agenda six months after Trump signed a waiver keeping the embassy in Tel Aviv. Pence’s comment came at an event put on…

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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…

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