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Melania Fails to Take Trump's Hand, and Internet Notices

First lady was apparently not interested on airport tarmac

(Newser) - Innocent flub? Public diss? Either way, President Trump and wife Melania provided an unintentionally buzzy moment upon their arrival in Tel Aviv. Watch it via this video clip from the newspaper Haaretz. It shows the president reaching back to take wife Melania's hand on the airport tarmac and then... More »

Trump on Iran: It Can't Ever Get Nukes

Plus he said he 'never mentioned Israel' to Russians

(Newser) - Standing alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Trump on Monday had a point to clarify for reporters about his White House conversation with Russian diplomats: "Just so you understand, I never mentioned the word or the name Israel in that conversation," he said, per CNN . Netanyahu quickly... More »

Trump's High-Stakes Israel Visit Has Amusing Start

His flight may have been first between Israel, Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - President Trump's visit to Israel started with an amusing moment Monday: After getting off Air Force One at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport and walking along a red carpet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump asked "What is the protocol?" and Netanyahu responded "I don't... More »

Trump's Foreign Trip Is Unlike That of Any Past President

Will visit 'homelands and holy sites of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths'

(Newser) - "No president has ever visited the homelands and holy sites of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths all on one trip," says National Security Adviser HR McMaster—and President Trump's critics say there are probably good reasons why. Trump departs Friday for an ambitious first foreign trip... More »

Sources: Info Trump Gave to Russia Came From Israeli Spy

And those sources say the intelligence wasn't supposed to be shared

(Newser) - President Trump won't be in Israel until next week, but he may have already angered his hosts: The classified information that he shared with Russian diplomats was provided by Israel, which is unlikely to be thrilled about information gathered by its spy network being given to a country with... More »

Israel: Videos Show Lead Hunger Striker Eating in His Cell

Palestinians say the videos are fake

(Newser) - Israel's Prison Service released footage on Sunday that it says shows the leader of a mass Palestinian hunger strike breaking his fast, a claim dismissed by the Palestinians as an attempt to undermine the open-ended strike, now in its 21st day. Assaf Librati, a spokesman for the prison service,... More »

Where Trump Is Headed on First Foreign Trip

Stops will include Israel, Vatican, Saudi Arabia

(Newser) - President Trump is taking his first foreign trip since his inauguration later this month, and his stops will include Israel, Saudi Arabia, as well as a trip to the Vatican in which he'll meet Pope Francis, Politico reports. Trump becomes the first Oval Office occupant since Jimmy Carter to... More »

Trump: Mideast Peace 'Maybe Not as Difficult' as We Think

President meets with Abbas, says he wants to be 'mediator' between Israel, Palestine

(Newser) - President Donald Trump expressed optimism for resumed peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel at the start of his Oval Office meeting with Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday in Washington, his first direct meeting with the Palestinian leader, the AP reports. Trump, who said he'll "do whatever is necessary" to... More »

Hamas Ditches Language Calling for Israel's Destruction

But still doesn't recognize its right to exist

(Newser) - The militant group Hamas on Monday unveiled what had been billed as a new, seemingly more pragmatic political program aimed at ending the group's international isolation. With the new manifesto, Hamas rebrands itself as an Islamic national liberation movement, rather than a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has... More »

Israel Approves First New Settlement in Decades

More of this won't 'advance peace,' White House says

(Newser) - Israel's government approved the first West Bank settlement in two decades Thursday, creating the first serious test for President Trump's new foray into Middle East peacemaking. The White House pointedly avoided any specific condemnation of the announcement, although it said that further settlement activity "does not help... More »

19-Year-Old Israeli Busted in JCC Bomb Threats

Dual Israeli-American citizen arrested after international investigation

(Newser) - A Jewish teen with American-Israeli citizenship is behind dozens of threats made against Jewish community centers in the US, Israeli police say. The 19-year-old male living in the Ashkelon area of Israel was arrested Thursday after a months-long investigation involving the FBI, Israeli police rep Micky Rosenfeld tells CNN . Police... More »

Gere: Israeli Settlements an 'Absurd Provocation'

Actor was in Israel promoting new movie, does not mince words

(Newser) - Richard Gere has lashed out at Israel over its settlements in territory that Palestinians want for a state. The Pretty Woman star came to Jerusalem for the local premiere of a new film by Israeli writer-director Joseph Cedar in which he stars, reports the AP . A story in Sunday's... More »

As Netanyahu Visits, a Big Policy Shift Looms

White House distances itself from two-state solution

(Newser) - Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President Trump at the White House on Wednesday, with a potential shift in US policy seemingly in the works. The highlights:
  • An unidentified White House official suggested Tuesday night that the US will no longer push for a two-state solution, the idea of creating
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Burger King Offers 'Adult Toys' With Adults-Only Meal

Only available in Israel after 6pm

(Newser) - If you think Burger King isn't a romantic enough destination for a Valentine's Day date, it's willing to sweeten the deal with a couple of beers and a sex toy. In a deal being offered only in Israel, and only after 6pm on Tuesday, the chain is... More »

Dead Sea Scrolls Cave Discovered, but Someone Got There First

Looters got there 70 years before researchers

(Newser) - Israeli researchers have discovered what they believe is the first new Dead Sea Scrolls cave uncovered in more than 60 years—but looters got there long before them. The site at the Qumran cliffs, an Israeli-controlled site in the West Bank, has yielded artifacts including pieces of pottery, broken scroll... More »

Israel Passes Controversial Settlement Law

Parliament retroactively legalizes thousands of West Bank settlements

(Newser) - Israel's parliament on Monday passed a contentious law meant to retroactively legalize thousands of West Bank settlement homes built unlawfully on private Palestinian land, a step that is expected to trigger international outrage and a flurry of lawsuits against the measure, the AP reports. The explosive law is the... More »

Trump Makes Surprise Shift in Israel Policy

He warns that new settlements could undermine peace

(Newser) - President Trump made a foreign policy move Thursday almost as surprising as alienating Australians : He appeared to shift policy on Israel, taking a line closer to that of the Obama administration and warning the country that announcing new or expanded settlements is "undermining" peace efforts, the Jerusalem Post reports.... More »

Emboldened by Trump, Israel OKs New Settlements

Netanyahu regularly ran into friction from Obama White House

(Newser) - Israel said Tuesday it approved 2,500 new settler homes in the West Bank, a controversial moves that signals a major ramp-up of construction just days after the swearing-in of President Trump, whose election has emboldened the settlement movement, reports the AP . Trump is widely expected to be more sympathetic... More »

Truck Plows Into Group of Israeli Soldiers; Kills 4

At least 15 injured in attack that shattered relative lull in violence

(Newser) - A truck rammed into a group of Israeli soldiers who were disembarking from a bus in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing four people and wounding 15 others, Israeli police and rescue services said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the truck veered off course and rammed into the group in the Armon... More »

In Rare Case, Israeli Soldier Guilty in Death of Palestinian

Elor Azaria fatally shot assailant in March

(Newser) - An Israeli soldier was convicted of manslaughter on Wednesday in the deadly shooting of an incapacitated Palestinian attacker, capping a nine-month saga that has deeply divided the country, reports the AP . The verdict, which marks an extremely rare instance of an Israeli military court siding against a soldier over lethal... More »

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