Jerusalem

United States | Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Trip to Beirut, Jerusalem, and Kuwait City

United States (STL.News) – MODERATOR: Thank you. Good morning, everyone. Thank you for joining us for today’s background call to preview Secretary of State Pompeo’s upcoming trip to Beirut, Jerusalem, and Kuwait City. For your situational awareness only and not for reporting, we are joined today by [Senior State Department Official], who will be referred … Continue reading United States | Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Trip to Beirut, Jerusalem, and Kuwait City

United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Beirut, Jerusalem, and Kuwait City

United States (STL.News) – Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Beirut, Jerusalem, and Kuwait City March 19-23. In Beirut, the Secretary will meet with Lebanese leaders to discuss the political, security, economic, and humanitarian challenges facing Lebanon. The Secretary’s visit will underscore U.S. support for the Lebanese people and Lebanon’s legitimate state … Continue reading United States | Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Beirut, Jerusalem, and Kuwait City

JERUSALEM | Netanyahu campaign draws accusations of incitement

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has run into political trouble in the past, he has lashed out at the media, the political opposition and Israel’s Arab minority with incendiary and divisive language to galvanize his nationalist base. Ahead of April 9 elections, Netanyahu has zoned in on prominent Arab lawmaker Ahmad Tibi. … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Netanyahu campaign draws accusations of incitement

US Department of State News: Merger of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem and U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem

WASHINGTON (STL.News) The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the following statement: On March 4, 2019, U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem will merge into U.S. Embassy Jerusalem to form a single diplomatic mission. This step follows Secretary Pompeo’s October 18, 2018 announcement that the two missions and teams would be combined. There will be complete continuity … Continue reading US Department of State News: Merger of U.S. Embassy Jerusalem and U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem

JERUSALEM | Battered by scandal, Netanyahu still poised for re-election

JERUSALEM (AP) — Just over a month before elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks more vulnerable than ever. Following a dramatic announcement Thursday by Israel’s attorney general, Netanyahu almost certainly faces indictment on corruption charges in the coming months. His main challenger leads him in the polls, and he is taking heat even from … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Battered by scandal, Netanyahu still poised for re-election

JERUSALEM | The Latest: Challenger calls on Israeli PM to step down

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on decision to indict Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges (all times local): 9:10 p.m. Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief challenger in upcoming elections is calling on the Israeli prime minister to resign to fight corruption allegations. Appearing on nationwide TV, Benny Gantz said Thursday that being prime minister cannot … Continue reading JERUSALEM | The Latest: Challenger calls on Israeli PM to step down

JERUSALEM | Israel’s Netanyahu defends partnership with far-right party

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister is defending his partnership with a small ultranationalist party despite local and international condemnation. Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted Saturday that the criticism, including from pro-Israel Jewish organizations in the U.S., was marked by “hypocrisy and double standards.” He accused leftist critics in Israel of having once acted “to put extreme … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israel’s Netanyahu defends partnership with far-right party

United States | Special Envoy To Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Carr Travels to Jerusalem

United States – Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr will travel to Jerusalem February 20-21. SEAS Carr will meet with Israeli government officials and members of civil society. He will also deliver remarks to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem. SOURCE: news provided by STATE.GOV on February … Continue reading United States | Special Envoy To Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Carr Travels to Jerusalem

JERUSALEM | Israeli band drops out of Eurovision contention over Sabbath

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli band has dropped out of the Eurovision Contest because it would force some of its observant members to perform on the Jewish Sabbath. The Shalva group says Wednesday it’s quitting Israel’s qualifying competition after the Eurovision organizers said it would make no exceptions for Israel’s ultimate winner. The competition is … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israeli band drops out of Eurovision contention over Sabbath

JERUSALEM | Israeli hard-line ministers to form new party ahead of vote

JERUSALEM— Two senior Israeli Cabinet ministers announced Saturday that they are forming a new party to run in April elections, hoping to present a hard-line alternative to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party. Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said they were leaving the Jewish Home party and would instead lead a … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israeli hard-line ministers to form new party ahead of vote

JERUSALEM | 2 Israeli ministers to form new party ahead of elections

JERUSALEM — Two senior Israeli cabinet ministers say they are forming a new party to run in April elections. Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked announced Saturday that they are leaving the Jewish Home party. The Jewish Home is a hard-line nationalist party that is especially popular with religious voters and West … Continue reading JERUSALEM | 2 Israeli ministers to form new party ahead of elections

JERUSALEM | Popular former military chief jumps into politics in Israel

JERUSALEM — A popular former Israeli military chief jumped into the political fray Thursday, announcing he would run for office in the upcoming election and instantly injected perhaps the strongest challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu‘s lengthy rule. Retired Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz has been polling favorably in recent weeks, emerging as a fresh, exciting … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Popular former military chief jumps into politics in Israel

JERUSALEM  | Former military chief jumps into politics in Israel

JERUSALEM  — A popular former Israeli military chief says he is running for office in the upcoming election. Retired Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz registered his new party, “Israel Resilience,” on Thursday. Gantz has been polling favorably in recent weeks, emerging as perhaps Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s strongest challenger. Even before officially entering the fray, polls … Continue reading JERUSALEM  | Former military chief jumps into politics in Israel

JERUSALEM | Israel launches operation to thwart Hezbollah border tunnels

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military says it has launched an operation meant to “expose and thwart” tunnels built by the Hezbollah militant group and stretching from Lebanon into northern Israel. The military says the tunnels are not operational and that its work to expose them, which began on Tuesday, was taking place in Israeli territory. … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israel launches operation to thwart Hezbollah border tunnels

JERUSALEM | Israeli firm rejects alleged connection to Khashoggi killing

JERUSALEM — An Israeli company known for its sophisticated phone surveillance technology on Monday rejected accusations that its snooping software helped lead to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The NSO Group has faced similar claims in the past that its products were used to stifle dissent in other countries. But the alleged connection … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israeli firm rejects alleged connection to Khashoggi killing

JERUSALEM | Damaging police report looms over Netanyahu re-election bid

JERUSALEM — Israeli police on Sunday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on bribery charges, adding to a growing collection of legal troubles that have clouded the longtime leader’s prospects for pursuing re-election next year. Netanyahu denied the latest allegations. But his fate now lies in the hands of his attorney general, who will decide … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Damaging police report looms over Netanyahu re-election bid

JERUSALEM | The Latest: Israeli PM Netanyahu takes over defense ministry

JERUSALEM — The Latest on the political developments in Israel (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Israel’s prime minister says he will also take over as defense minister and is rejecting calls to hold early elections. Netanyahu announced on national TV Sunday that he would take over the defense post following the resignation of Avigdor Lieberman. … Continue reading JERUSALEM | The Latest: Israeli PM Netanyahu takes over defense ministry

JERUSALEM | Handwritten Einstein letter auctioned off for nearly $40,000

JERUSALEM — A handwritten letter written by Albert Einstein warning of the dangers of growing nationalism and anti-Semitism years before the Nazis rose to power has been sold for nearly $40,000. The Kedem Auction House says the previously unknown letter, brought forward by an anonymous collector, fetched $39,360 in bidding in Jerusalem on Tuesday night. … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Handwritten Einstein letter auctioned off for nearly $40,000

JERUSALEM | The Latest: UN, Egypt working to end Gaza fighting

JERUSALEM — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local): 10 p.m. The United Nations says it is working with Egypt to broker an end to the latest round of fighting in Gaza. The office of the U.N.’s Mideast envoy, Nickolay Mladenov, said Monday that efforts were underway “to ensure that Gaza steps back … Continue reading JERUSALEM | The Latest: UN, Egypt working to end Gaza fighting

JERUSALEM | Israel holds municipal vote, Jerusalem chooses new mayor

JERUSALEM— Israelis are voting in municipal elections across the country. In the closest watched race Tuesday, four candidates are hoping to become the next mayor of Jerusalem — a city with great importance to billions of people around the world. Ofer Berkovitch, a young secular activist, is running against Moshe Lion, a longtime political activist, … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israel holds municipal vote, Jerusalem chooses new mayor

JERUSALEM | Signs of warming ties as Israeli ministers head to Gulf

JERUSALEM  — In an emotional scene, the Israeli national anthem was performed at a public sporting event in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday while two Israeli Cabinet ministers said they would soon head to the region in new signs of warming ties between Israel and the Gulf Arab states. The developments came days after … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Signs of warming ties as Israeli ministers head to Gulf

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.DeSantis, Gillum tackle Trump and more in Florida debate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Democratic candidate for Florida governor Andrew Gillum isn’t a big fan of President Donald Trump, but he said during a debate Sunday night that he’d gladly work with the president to bring money to the state for needed projects. “That’s just not the way it works,” said Republican opponent Ron DeSantis, who won … Continue reading TALLAHASSEE, Fla.DeSantis, Gillum tackle Trump and more in Florida debate

JERUSALEM  | Israeli leader delays demolition plan for West Bank hamlet

JERUSALEM  — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he has decided to postpone the planned demolition of a West Bank hamlet to allow time for a negotiated solution with its residents, in a move that appeared aimed at staving off the fierce international condemnation such a demolition would likely entail. Israel has come under … Continue reading JERUSALEM  | Israeli leader delays demolition plan for West Bank hamlet