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Jeopardy! Producers: Bethlehem Question Shouldn't Have Aired

They say wrong version of game show was sent to TV stations

(Newser) - Producers of the game show Jeopardy! have apologized for a clue that waded into political hot water involving Israeli control of the West Bank, saying an incorrect version of the show was sent to television stations, the AP reports. A game shown last Friday asked contestants to identify the location... More »

'Original' Jesus Relic Arrives in Bethlehem

The pope returns it, 1,400 years later

(Newser) - A tiny wooden relic that some Christians believe to be part of Jesus' manger arrived Saturday in its permanent home in the biblical city of Bethlehem 1,400 years after it was sent to Rome as a gift to the pope, the AP reports. Sheathed in an ornate case, the... More »

Pompeo Announces Big Reversal on Israel Policy

US will no longer view West Bank settlements as violations of international law

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the US is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, the latest in a series of Trump administration moves that weaken Palestinian claims to statehood. Pompeo repudiated a 1978 State Department legal opinion that held that civilian settlements... More »

Trump Unloads on Jews Who Vote Democrat

The president says it might be a case of 'disloyalty'

(Newser) - Showing a fresh willingness to play politics along religious and racial lines, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." Trump's claim triggered a quick uproar from critics who said the president... More »

US Unveils $50B Palestinian Plan That Palestine Rejects

The Trump administration says this will make peace possible

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Saturday unveiled a $50 billion Palestinian investment and infrastructure proposal intended to be the economic engine to power its much-anticipated but still unreleased "deal of the century" Middle East peace plan, the AP reports. The scheme, which calls for a mix of public and private... More »

Netanyahu Makes Stunning Vow on Settlements

Israel's prime minister offers dramatic policy shift

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Saturday to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if re-elected, a dramatic policy shift apparently aimed at rallying his nationalist base in the final stretch of the tight race, the AP reports. Netanyahu has promoted Jewish settlement expansion in his four terms... More »

US Closes Jerusalem Consulate, Angers Palestinians

It served as de facto embassy to Palestinians

(Newser) - The United States has officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the US Embassy to Israel. For decades, the consulate functioned as a de facto embassy to the Palestinians. Now, that outreach will be handled by... More »

Israel, US to UN Agency: We're Outta Here

Now it's official: They're out of UNESCO

(Newser) - The US and Israel officially quit the UN's educational, scientific, and cultural agency at the stroke of midnight, the culmination of a process triggered more than a year ago amid concerns that the organization fosters anti-Israel bias, the AP reports. The withdrawal is mainly procedural yet serves a new... More »

CNN Pundit Used Phrase 'River to the Sea.' Now He's Canned

Marc Lamont Hill's contract nixed after controversial comments at the UN

(Newser) - A pundit who appears regularly on CNN made remarks at the United Nations Wednesday that apparently caused him to lose his gig at the network. "Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN," was the curt notice from a CNN rep to Mediaite , which first reported... More »

After Gaza Rocket Exchange, Israel Makes a Threat

Threats to Iranian forces add a new dimension to the conflict

(Newser) - Palestinian militants ceased rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel and relative calm prevailed Saturday afternoon after a night-long exchange of fire that prompted Israeli threats against Iranian forces in Syria, the AP reports. The Islamic Jihad group, a militant faction operating in the Hamas-ruled Gaza but that has close ties... More »

Trump Shares His Preference: 'I Like the 2-State Solution'

President wades into Middle East politics at the UN

(Newser) - President Trump waded into thorny Middle East politics while at the United Nations on Wednesday, endorsing the two-state solution to bring an end to the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, while poised to denounce the dangers posed by Iran. Trump, a day after being greeted with laughter by... More »

Trump Cuts More Than $200M in Aid to Palestinians

Money will be redirected to 'high priority projects elsewhere'

(Newser) - The Trump administration has decided to cut more than $200 million in bilateral aid to the Palestinians, following a review of the funding for projects in the West Bank and Gaza, the State Department said Friday. The department notified Congress of the decision in a brief, three-paragraph notice sent first... More »

Israel, Gaza Trading Heavy Fire

Militants are shooting rockets, mortar shells as Israel responds with airstrikes

(Newser) - Palestinian militants bombarded southern Israel with dozens of rockets and mortar shells Tuesday, while Israeli warplanes struck targets throughout the Gaza Strip in the largest flare-up of violence between the sides since a 2014 war. The Israeli military said most of the projectiles were intercepted, but three soldiers were wounded,... More »

Israelis Lose It After Eurovision Win

It was the first win for the country since 1998

(Newser) - Thousands of Israelis took to the streets early Sunday to celebrate their country's victory in the Eurovision Song Contest. Fans flooded Tel Aviv's Rabin Square in front of City Hall, with some euphorically jumping into a public fountain, after Netta Barzilai was announced the winner in Portugal with... More »

Deadliest Day in Gaza Since Autumn: 12 Dead, 1K Hurt

It started with the pre-dawn death of a farmer before Palestinian sit-ins

(Newser) - The Palestinian Health Ministry says the death toll in Gaza has risen to 12, with 11 Palestinians killed by Israeli army fire along the border with Israel and a farmer killed by pre-dawn tank fire in a separate incident. In the deadliest day in Gaza since last fall, the ministry... More »

1 Dead After Palestinian Boat Sails Beyond Fishing Zone

Israeli navy fired on boat

(Newser) - The Israeli military says it has opened fire on a Palestinian boat off the Gaza coast, killing one man who was on board, the AP reports. The military says the boat sailed beyond an Israeli-imposed designated fishing zone, ignoring verbal warnings and warning shots. It says naval forces then opened... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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