Israel authorizes deducting $180 million from Palestinian Authority over ‘pay for slay’

The Israeli government led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has deducted more than $180 million from the funds it collects for the Palestinian Authority over its refusal to cease payments to prisoners and families of terrorists as part of a long-running campaign called “pay for slay.” Read more

Are Israel and Jordan ready to turn over a new leaf?

Jordan’s King Abdullah II has often described his country as being wedged between a “rock and a hard place,” referring to war-torn Iraq and the Israeli-controlled areas west of the Jordan River. Read more

Former ambassador Gold: World powers must work to prevent Iran’s quest for hegemony

“Iran will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch.” Read more

Israel worried about US return to Iran nuclear deal as its influence in Washington fades

In a press conference in Jerusalem on Tuesday evening, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken clarified the Biden administration’s stance on Iran and the nuclear deal—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. Read more

Former Secretary of State Pompeo blasts Biden team for ‘folly’ of appeasing Iran

Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo harshly criticized the Biden administration for its blatant efforts to appease Iran by going out of its way to avoid explicitly stating the Islamic regime’s involvement in the Hamas terror group’s firing of more than 4,000 rockets at Israeli civilians from its base in the Gaza Strip. Read more

US appeasement of Iran, misconceptions over facts linger in wake of Israel-Gaza conflict

The conflict in Gaza over the last two weeks highlighted a number of misperceptions and emerging trends between the United States and Israel. Read more

Faith-based legislators lobby governments against ICC war-crimes probe of Israel

Saying he is “appalled and shocked” by the war-crimes accusations made by the International Criminal Court against Israel, Josh Reinstein, head of the Israel Allies Foundation (IAF) and the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus (CAC), noted that it is “even more egregious since [the ICC] was started to stop atrocities like the Holocaust and rampant anti-Semitism.” Read more

Netanyahu touts achievements from record vaccinations to boosting regional ties, security

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made his case for why he believes—again, or rather, still—that he is Israel’s strongest candidate to head Israel’s next government in the fourth round of elections in two years. Read more

Will a US-Saudi rift affect Israel?

The Biden administration has distanced itself from Saudi Arabia, imposing sanctions on some Saudi officials over the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but stopped short of penalizing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) himself. Read more

Landmark decision recognizing non-Orthodox conversions performed in Israel sparks fierce debate

Israel’s Supreme Court handed down a bombshell decision on Monday recognizing Reform and Conservative conversions for those seeking to obtain citizenship. The result has caused an uproar in Israel and within the Jewish Diaspora, with some saying it crossed a red line while others affirming that it is a decision that is long overdue. Read more

Self-proclaimed ‘loyal student of Herzl and Jabotinsky,’ Sa’ar sees himself as Israel’s next premier

February 12, 2021 by  

For the fourth time in two years, Israel will go to elections on March 23 to elect its 24th Knesset. While early polling points to a similar inconclusive fate with the previous three, there have been some notable changes in this election cycle that could lead to a different outcome. Read more

Some Western leaders are ‘divorced from reality’ with regard to Palestinians, Iran

February 7, 2021 by  

Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi was sentenced to 20 years in prison this week for planning a bomb attack in Paris. Read more

Former Israeli official: Americans should not give Iranians leverage by easing sanctions

January 31, 2021 by  

As the new Biden administration takes shape, Israeli leaders in recent days have been outspoken in their warnings about Iran and its pursuit of nuclear weapons, hinting at possible military strikes if the Islamic Republic continues its path towards nuclearization. Read more

Panel discusses role of Anglos at diverse levels of Israeli decision-making

January 14, 2021 by  

Should Jews living in the Diaspora have a say in decisions made in Israel’s Knesset? Do Israel’s members of Knesset understand the importance of including the voice of Anglos living in Israel? Read more

What can Israel expect at the UN during a Biden administration?

January 13, 2021 by  

Despite efforts by its detractors, Israel has seen a steady improvement in its diplomatic standing around the world with breakthroughs in relations with Arab states, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Read more

With change rippling through the Middle East, where do the Palestinians stand?

December 31, 2020 by  

The winds of diplomatic change in the Middle East are blowing strongly, but which way will they move the Palestinian Authority? Read more

Observers say EU-funded review of Palestinian textbooks reeks of ‘incompetence, concealment’

December 15, 2020 by  

In a ground-breaking move and in response to the lack of change in the Palestinian Authority school curriculum and the continued insertion of anti-Semitism, hate and incitement to violence and martyrdom in its textbooks, the Norwegian parliament endorsed a complete cut last week in aid to the P.A. Read more

Transforming trauma: How Jewish voices from Iran and Arab lands can be a bridge for peace

December 4, 2020 by  

With just the clothes on their backs and a few belongings hurriedly thrown into a sack, thousands of Jewish families were forced to flee from their homes after the declaration of the Jewish state on May 14, 1948. Read more

More than meets the eye in secretive meeting between America, Israel and Saudi Arabia

November 26, 2020 by  

The private jet that took off from Israel on Sunday and banked south towards Saudi Arabia may have had some important passengers on board, but no one is talking about it. Read more

Can Biden renew foreign aid to Palestinians while still adhering to Taylor Force Act?

November 25, 2020 by  

The incoming Biden administration has made clear it intends to renew funding to the Palestinian Authority and reopen the PLO mission in Washington, D.C. In November, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris said in an interview, “We will take immediate steps to restore economic and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people, address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, reopen the U.S. consulate in East Jerusalem and work to reopen the PLO mission in Washington.” Read more

Biden’s foreign-policy appointments and what they might mean for Israel

November 24, 2020 by  

Former U.S. Vice President and President-elect Joe Biden has announced his choices for some of the key positions in his administration when he takes over in January. Read more

Will Biden follow Obama’s path on Iran or forge his own?

November 13, 2020 by  

One of the top foreign-policy issues President-elect Joe Biden will be forced to address upon taking office in January will be the Iranian threat. Read more

Biden administration will likely seek to make its own stamp on Mideast, say experts

November 10, 2020 by  

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s yet-to-be-confirmed victory over incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump has ushered in a flurry of questions in Israel over what a Biden-Harris administration would look like and how it would differ from the Obama administration specifically with regard to Israel. Read more

What the next US administration could mean for Israel and the Middle East

November 6, 2020 by  

With razor-thin margins separating U.S. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the contentious race for the White House has yet to produce a clear victor. Read more

Digital conference: Gulf Arabs emphasize rapprochement with Israel, disappointment with Palestinians

October 27, 2020 by  

Israelis are, of course, just getting used to the idea of having friendly relations with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain after signing normalization deals with each country in recent days. Read more

Could Lebanon’s first negotiations with Israel in decades lead to normalization?

October 18, 2020 by  

For the first time in three decades, Israel and Lebanon held the first of what is expected to be a series of negotiations over the next few months regarding the two countries’ shared maritime border. Read more

What has (and has not) changed in the 20 years since the Second Intifada

The jubilant crowd gathered around the el-Bireh police station in Ramallah on that fateful day of Oct. 12, 2000, cheered when a terrorist came to the window and held up his hands, bloodied from lynching to death two Israel Defence Forces’ reservists who had gotten lost and entered Ramallah by mistake. Read more

France looks to restore influence in Lebanon, but Iran isn’t budging

The multiple explosions in Beirut on Aug. 4 ravaged more than just part of Lebanon’s capital city. Read more

Palestinians continue to incite terrorism and violence in school curriculum, says watchdog group

A Palestinian student in fourth grade opens his math book and is asked to count the number of martyrs in Palestinian uprisings based on an accompanying photograph of raised coffins at a mass funeral. Read more

Will Kosovo and Serbia establish embassies in Jerusalem? Not if the EU has its way

September 17, 2020 by  

It’s easy to miss all of the announcements coming out right now by countries normalizing relations with Israel. Read more

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