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Embassy Move to Jerusalem Coming Sooner Than Expected

As early as 2019, say US officials

(Newser) - Rather than wait three-plus years to build a new US embassy in Jerusalem, US officials are speeding up the move from Tel Aviv. A new, more affordable plan will see an existing consular building in the Arnona neighborhood of West Jerusalem converted into a new embassy, officials tell the New ... More »

'My Dad Made an Awesome Deal for Your Dad, Bro'

'And you can't spot me 400 shekels?' Netanyahu son asks tycoon's son

(Newser) - "Bro, you got to spot me. My dad made an awesome deal for your dad, bro," the son of Israel's prime minister says to the son of a gas tycoon in a recording that has caused an uproar in Israel. In the 2015 recording, made outside a... More »

Kushner's Israel Business Ties Raise Concern

Firm invested $30M before his Mideast trip

(Newser) - Jared Kushner's family real estate firm has continued to extend its business ties to Israel despite his role leading the administration's peace efforts in the Middle East, raising concerns that he may be breaking the spirit—though not the letter—of conflict-of-interest laws. The New York Times reports... More »

Company Develops 'World's Tiniest Tomato'

'It's clean, it's nice, it's sexy,' chef says

(Newser) - They say bigger is better, but in the succulent world of cherry tomatoes, one Israeli company is going smaller than ever before. The "drop tomato" is about the size of a blueberry, and the Kedma company in the country's southern Arava desert says it is the smallest one... More »

Trump on Palestinian Authority: US Gets 'No Respect'

President threatens to cut off aid

(Newser) - Acknowledging his push to broker peace in the Middle East has stalled, President Trump appeared to threaten to cut off US aid money to the Palestinian Authority Tuesday, asking why the US should make "any of these massive future payments" when the Palestinians are "no longer willing to... More »

Israel Charges 16-Year-Old Filmed Slapping Soldier

Palestinian girl's father says it's a 'political trial'

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl hailed as a hero by Palestinians for slapping and pushing Israeli soldiers was indicted Monday on 12 charges, including aggravated assault. In a Dec. 15 video that went viral, Ahed Tamimi; her mother, Nariman Tamimi; and 21-year-old cousin Nur Tamimi confronted the soldiers outside their family home... More »

Israeli Minister Demands NBA Remove Term From Website

Miri Regev didn't like seeing 'Palestine—occupied territory' on basketball site

(Newser) - The Israeli-Palestinian conflict isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks about the NBA, but the basketball association has found itself suddenly mired in the political due to one particular term on its website. The Times of Israel reports that a pop-up list for an... More »

French Kids Mag Lands in Hot Water With Israel

'Youpi' pulls issue after it printed blurb that said Israel isn't a real country

(Newser) - A French children's magazine has been withdrawn from newsstands after it admitted a "mistake" in writing that Israel wasn't a real country. The news editor for Youpi, a magazine for children ages 5 to 8, told the AP on Tuesday the January issue was being removed from... More »

Another Country Follows Trump's Lead on Israel

Guatemala says it also will move its embassy to Jerusalem

(Newser) - Guatemala's president says the Central American country will move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, becoming the first nation to follow the lead of President Trump in ordering the change, per the AP . Guatemala was one of nine nations that voted with the United States and Israel on Thursday... More »

Nikki Haley Warns Nations Ahead of UN Vote

US 'will be taking names' of those who criticize American decision on Jerusalem

(Newser) - Consider it a not-so-veiled threat. The UN General Assembly votes Thursday on whether to reject President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and US Ambassador Nikki Haley is warning that the US will be paying very close attention. "When we make a decision, at... More »

Jerusalem Decision Triggers 'Day of Rage'

At least one dead in protests over Trump's decision to recognize city as Israeli capital

(Newser) - Palestinians angry over President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital clashed with Israeli troops at 30 locations across the West Bank and Gaza on Friday, resulting in at least one death, reports the AP . One Palestinian was killed in skirmishes between protesters and Israeli troops along the... More »

After Trump's Israel Move, a Call for an Uprising

Meanwhile, US allies are speaking out

(Newser) - President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital is a "war declaration against Palestinians" who should rise up, Hamas leader Ismail Haniya said in a speech Thursday. Though Palestinian forces announced three "days of rage" beginning Wednesday, during which Palestinians are to protest at Israeli... More »

Palestinians: Trump Jerusalem Move a 'Declaration of War'

Israeli security forces braced for violent protests

(Newser) - President Trump is expected to announce Wednesday that the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital—and Israeli security forces expect massive protests to follow. Israeli forces are braced for violence in the West Bank, where Palestinian protesters burned photos of Trump Tuesday night, the Times of Israel reports. Trump... More »

Trump Gives Arab Leaders the News They've Dreaded

Tell them he plans to recognize Jerusalem as capital, though it's not official yet

(Newser) - President Trump spoke to Arab leaders on Tuesday and told them he's about to break with longstanding US policy and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reports Reuters . The controversial news comes not from the White House but from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah, who... More »

Diplomatic Furor Stirs as Trump Weighs Big Move on Jerusalem

Turkey, Palestinians threaten to cut off ties if Trump recognizes contested city as Israeli capital

(Newser) - Turkey and the Palestinians warned on Tuesday of dire diplomatic repercussions if President Trump goes ahead with a possible recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told parliament that his country's response "could go as far as us cutting diplomatic ties with Israel,... More »

Palestinian Leader Warns US About Jerusalem Decision

Abbas speaks as Trump considers recognizing city as Israel's capital

(Newser) - The Palestinian president has warned that the American recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital would jeopardize the White House's nascent Mideast peace efforts, the AP reports. According to the official Wafa news agency, President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital or moving the... More »

Tests Back Up Claims About Purported Tomb of Jesus

Old mortar at Church of the Holy Sepulchre goes back to AD 345

(Newser) - Millions of people flock to Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre each year. Many believe it to house the tomb of Jesus Christ, though scientists have thus far been unable to date the tomb to the time when the Romans built a church around it. Now, however, a new... More »

US, Israel Working to Prevent Publication of 'Blacklist'

List will name over 100 companies doing business in West Bank settlements

(Newser) - Weeks ahead of the expected completion of a UN database of companies that operate in Israel's West Bank settlements, Israel and the Trump Administration are working feverishly to prevent its publication, the AP reports. While Israel is usually quick to brush off UN criticism, officials say they are taking... More »

Want Storm Relief in Texas Town? Pledge Fealty to Israel

ACLU isn't happy about requirement for applicants seeking Harvey aid in Texas

(Newser) - A tweet from the ACLU Thursday noted an oddity taking place in the Lone Star State. "The city of Dickinson, Texas is requiring people applying for Hurricane Harvey aid to promise not to boycott Israel," the tweet read, leaving many commenters puzzled as to how potential financial assistance... More »

Netanyahu: Israel Has No Better Friends Than Christians

The Israeli prime minister was speaking at a Christian media event in Jerusalem

(Newser) - Israel's prime minister has told a group of Christian media professionals that Israel has no better friend than the world's Christian communities, AP reports. Benjamin Netanyahu spoke Sunday at the Christian Media Summit in Jerusalem, the first such event Israel says it has hosted. His comments and the... More »

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