Tag Archives: Jerusalem

Israeli minister Naftali Bennett praises Trump’s two-state statement

A far-right Israeli minister praised the end of the idea of a Palestinian state Wednesday, after US President Donald Trump said he could abandon a two-state solution if an alternative was found. “A new era. New ideas. No need for

Israel backs bill to mute Muslim call to prayer

Israeli ministers on Sunday endorsed a contentious draft bill which Muslims say is meant to silence the traditional call to prayer, information released by the justice ministry showed. A list of draft legislation put to the vote in the powerful

US blocks Palestinian from leading UN mission in Libya

The United States on Friday blocked the appointment of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad to be the new UN envoy to Libya. US Ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement that she did not “support the signal this appointment

Israel settlement growth not ‘good for peace’: Trump

US President Donald Trump does not believe Israeli settlement growth in Palestinian territories is “good for peace”, he told a paper Friday, in his most direct comments on the matter since inauguration. In the interview published in Hebrew by the

Netanyahu orders reprimand of Belgian envoy over meeting with rights groups

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday ordered the reprimanding of the Belgian Ambassador over a meeting between Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel with representatives of two Israeli rights groups. Israeli Channel Ten reported that Michel had met with representatives of

Israel says rockets fired from Egypt at resort town of Eilat

A volley of rockets was fired from Egypt’s Sinai peninsula late Wednesday at the southern Israeli resort town of Eilat, but without causing casualties, the Israeli army said. “Some of these rockets were destroyed in flight by Iron Dome batteries,”

Israel authorizes 3,000 West Bank settler homes

Israel announced Tuesday night the construction of 3,000 settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the fourth such announcement in the less than two weeks since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump. “Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Prime Minister

Moving US embassy to Jerusalem may change the course of action

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

By : Abdulrahman al-Rashed The United States’ decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Occupied Jerusalem is not a new measure. Although the US Congress ordered the move more than a decade ago, every president since then has

Israel approves hundreds of settlement homes in East Jerusalem

Israel approved building permits on Sunday for hundreds of homes in three East Jerusalem settlements in expectation that US President Donald Trump will row back on the previous administration’s criticism of such projects. The housing projects, on land that the

Israeli forces kill Palestinian who allegedly tried to stab soldier

Israeli forces killed a Palestinian who allegedly attempted to stab a soldier at a crossing in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, the army said, with no injuries reported among Israelis. “A short while ago an assailant, armed with a

Energy crisis leaves Gaza with barely 4 hours of power a day

For weeks, Gazans have been making do with less than half their usual electricity supply – barely a few hours a day – with no sign of the shortages alleviating anytime soon, fuelling distress and frustration among the population. Normally,

Israeli Arabs urge general strike after house demolitions

Israeli Arab leaders have called for a general strike in all their towns and villages in response to the demolition of 11 homes without proper permits by Israeli authorities. Lawmaker Yousef Jabareen on Wednesday called the demolition in the central

Israeli troops kill Palestinian in refugee camp

Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank shot dead a Palestinian during an operation to arrest suspected militants, the army said on Tuesday morning. A military statement said that no soldiers were injured in the incident at Al-Fara Palestinian refugee

Deadly attack as truck rams into Israeli soldiers

A Palestinian rammed his truck into a group of Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing four people and wounding 15 others, Israeli police and rescue services said, in one of the deadliest attacks of a more than yearlong campaign

Early release for ex-Israeli president from prison rape term

An Israeli parole board on Sunday ordered ex-president Moshe Katsav freed from prison after serving five years of a seven-year term for rape and other sexual offences, his lawyer said. “It was a very long journey,” Tzion Amir said in

Trump’s pick for envoy to Israel expects embassy in Jerusalem

President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday he will nominate bankruptcy attorney David Friedman as U.S. ambassador to Israel, and Friedman said he looked forward to taking up his post in Jerusalem, implying a move from Tel Aviv that would mark

Israel president decries bill to quieten mosques

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin spoke out on Tuesday against a controversial bill that would prohibit mosques from using loudspeakers to summon believers to prayers early in the morning. The draft law, which sparked outrage around the Arab and wider Muslim

Israeli air force strikes ISIS-linked group in Syria

Israel’s air force targeted gunman linked to the ISIS group in Syria overnight, the army said Monday, after they fired on an Israeli soldier in the occupied Golan Heights. “Overnight the (Israeli air force) targeted an abandoned UN building that

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