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Livni: Trump has more chances for peace than Obama

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Member of Knesset Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union) said on Tuesday that United States President Donald Trump has more of a chance than former president Barack Obama to advance the peace process with the Palestinian Authority.

Interview by Reshet Bet public radio, the former opposition leader said, "The Palestinians have begun to see very low expectations and low demands since Trump's election - they are ready to enter into negotiations."


Steinitz: Doubtful if the peace process can be renewed

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Tuesday that he doubted whether the peace process with the Palestinian Authority could be renewed at the present time.

Interviewed by Israel Defense Forces Radio, the Likud lawmaker said, "If they want to advance peace, first they must stop the incitement to destroy Israel and the encouragement and education for terror. When [United States President Donald] Trump visits Bethlehem and meets with Abu Mazen, we must not forget that we're talking about an Abu Mazen who is educating to destroy Israel."


Watch: Elderly Orthodox Jewish man brutally beaten in California

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
An elderly Jewish man is beaten on his way to a synagogue in Los Angeles. The attack is captured on a security camera.

Trump's Twitter header shows him standing at Western Wall

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
He is pictured wearing a black kippa and touching the wall as he prays.

Trump heads to Bethlehem for Abbas meeting

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
President Trump begins second day of Israel visit with an hour-long meeting with the Palestinian Authority leader in Bethlehem.

Jerusalem street closings for Trump's visit

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

For the next few hours, the following Jerusalem street will be closed at times due to the visit of United States President Donald Trump: David Remez, Derech Hevron to Rachel's Crossing, Keren Hayesod, Gaza, Herzog, Nayot, Bezeq, Bate, Ben-Zvi, Shazar, Weizmann and Ben Gurion. The public will have alternative routes on Agron, Haim Bar Lev, Jaffa Gate, Hebron Road - Hahasmonait, Keren Hayesod, Emek Refaim, Begin, Herzl, Bethlehem and Ramban.

It is reported that King David Street and the streets adjacent to the King David Hotel will remain closed until the end of the visit.


Rocket shot at Israel from Sinai

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A rocket was shot at Israel from the Sinai Peninsula on Monday morning. No injuries or damage were reported.

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Elkin pessimistic about the transfer of the US embassy

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Jerusalem-Affairs Minister Zeev Elkin said this morning that he is pessimistic about the transfer of the American embassy to Jerusalem.

Interviewed by Kol Berama radio, the Likud lawmaker said, "The voices that emerged from the White House on this issue left no room for optimism."


Nurse attacked in Afula hospital

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A nurse was attacked Monday evening at Ha'emek Hospital in Afula.

The suspect in the attack allegedly slapped the nurse during a visit. She was arrested and will be brought today for a hearing on the police's request to extend her detention.


Report: Abbas to discuss hunger strike with Trump

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said last night that he would discuss the hunger strike by security prisoners in Israeli jails with United States President Donald Trump, according to Yediot Ahronot.

Abbas met in Bethlehem with families of the hunger strikers. They handed him a letter intended for President Trump, detailing the situation of their sons.


Mortar attack on Eshkol region

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A mortar shell exploded this morning in an open area of the Eshkol Council region opposite southern Gaza.

No injuries or damage were reported.


Yemen: 7 killed in US raid on Al-Qaeda camp

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Seven gunmen were killed early Tuesday morning in a United States Army raid on an Al-Qaeda camp in Yemen.

US officials said the purpose of the raid was to gather information about the organization, and that the gunmen were killed during an exchange of fire and precision air strikes.


Gaza: Dozens demonstrate against Trump

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dozens of people demonstrated in Gaza last night against United States President Donald Trump during his visit to Israel.

Trump angered Hamas leaders after calling the organization a terrorist group during his visit to Saudi Arabia.


Report: Israel plans air strikes against Hezbollah

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Israel is planning air strikes in Lebanon and Syria against Hezbollah, according to a Tuesday-morning report by Maariv.

Maariv cited Lebanese newspaper Al-Liwaa, which reported that the attack would take place simultaneously in both countries. "Army and infrastructure targets in Lebanon will be bombed, claiming that its president is an ally of the Shiite terrorist organization."


Histadrut voting underway

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The polling stations in the elections for the Histadrut leadership opened this morning at 05:00 and will close at 22:00.

More than half a million Histadrut members will decide between current chairman Avi Nissenkorn, and former Labor party chairwoman Shelly Yechimovich. The final results are expected to be published only about Thursday.


Trump to meet with Abu Mazen and visit Yad Vashem

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

United States President Donald Trump is scheduled to meet with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem on Tuesday.

Trump will then return to Jerusalem to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust and Heroism Memorial Museum. His last stop before leaving Israel will be the Israel Museum, where he is scheduled to speak.


British cabinet to hold an emergency meeting on blast

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The British government has scheduled an emergency meeting for Tuesday morning following the overnight bombing in Manchester in which 19 people were killed and about 50 wounded.

Prime Minister Theresa May announced that following the events she was suspending her parliamentary election campaign.


Report: Manchester suicide bomber identified

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Manchester law authorities have told CNN that the explosion in the auditorium is probably a suicide bombing.

According to the report, a man seen on the scene was apparently identified as the terrorist who carried out the attack.

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Foreign Ministry unaware of Israelis in Manchester

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday morning that it was not aware of any Israelis who were at the site of the explosion in Manchester, Britain, on Monday night.

19 people were killed and at least 50 wounded in the blast, which occurred after an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. Local police are investigating the explosion as a terror attack.


ADL: Rouhani's re-election shows little has changed

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Monday said the re-election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani does not change the imperative that the world must be vigilant and oppose the regime’s internal and external aggressions.

“This election reminds us how little has changed in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” said ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt.


Trump: Arab leaders ready to take steps toward Israel

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump told Israeli leaders on Monday that the Arab leaders he met with in Saudi Arabia are willing to take steps toward Israel if the Israeli-Palestinian Arab peace process makes progress, a senior Israeli official told Haaretz.

The official, who spoke on condition anonymity, is reportedly familiar with the details of Trump’s talks with both Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.


EU condemns latest Hamas death sentences

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The European Union (EU) Heads of Mission and the Head of Mission of Norway in Jerusalem and Ramallah on Monday condemned the three death sentences that were issued in Gaza against the suspected assassin and two suspected accomplices in the March death of senior Hamas terrorist Mazen Faqha.

“The Missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah recall their opposition under all circumstances to the use of capital punishment,” said the statement, as quoted by the Palestinian Authority-based Ma’an news agency.


Rouhani: We'll continue our missile tests

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday warned that his country would continue its missile tests.

Speaking to reporters in Tehran and quoted by AFP, Rouhani, who was just last week elected to a second term in office, ridiculed U.S. strategy in the Middle East, dismissing President Donald Trump's summit with Arab leaders as "just a show".


BDS fail: Canadian university rejects Israel boycott

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A union at a university in British Columbia, Canada, has rejected a motion to boycott Israel.

On Sunday, the Teaching Support Staff Union (TSSU) at Simon Fraser University announced the results of a referendum calling to support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.


'The Cabinet should've stood its ground'

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Avi Ro’eh, head of the Binyamin Regional Council and the Yesha Council, expressed his disappointment on Monday over the package of gestures to the Palestinian Authority (PA) that was approved by the Cabinet and which includes the approval of construction in Area C, which is under full Israeli security and civil administration.

"We are committed to hospitality. There is a visit by the President of the United States, which is a great ally and to which we are committed. But on the other hand, we cannot trust Trump, just as we could not trust Obama or anyone else. The people of Israel must make their own decisions on their own - and not be motivated by other considerations. I do not think it is necessary to pay in the form of gestures, if those gestures are contrary to Israel's interests,” Ro’eh told Arutz Sheva.


Update: 19 dead in explosion at Manchester concert hall

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
19 killed and 50 wounded in explosion following Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.

Sara and Melania bring gifts to sick children

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sara Netanyahu, wife of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, on Monday afternoon visited the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem together with the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump.

The two met with the medical staff of the hospital, and later visited the hospital playground, where they met sick children.


Senate intelligence committee disappointed Flynn won't testify

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The top two members of the Senate intelligence committee on Monday expressed their disappointment over the fact that President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and would not testify before the committee.

The two, Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Mark Warner of Virginia, said they would “vigorously pursue” Flynn’s testimony.


Netanyahu: Trump is a true friend of Israel

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday night hailed U.S. President Donald Trump as a true friend of Israel after hosting him and First Lady Melania Trump for dinner at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem.

“A very important meeting with President Donald Trump. I expressed my appreciation that he was the first sitting U.S. president who visited the Western Wall and touched the ancient stones that are the foundation of our existence. A true friend of Israel!” wrote Netanyahu on Facebook.


Report: Explosion heard during concert in Manchester

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Police in Manchester, Britain are investigating an “incident” at the Manchester Area following reports of an explosion there during an Ariana Grande concert.

Sky News reported that police have warned people to stay away from the area. There are no further details at this time.

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Mideast peace: President Trump’s ‘ultimate deal’?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Commentators discusses the President’s trip and whether he can help bridge divides in the Holy Land while sticking to his campaign promises.

Israeli arrested in Russia over unruly behavior on flight

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A 50-year-old Israeli was arrested late last week in Russia, on suspicion of unruly behavior during a flight between Tel Aviv and Moscow, during which he allegedly attempted to open the plane's door.

A Russian Interior Ministry spokeswoman told the Interfax news agency that the incident occurred on Friday, when airport security received a message from the pilot about a drunk passenger trying to open the plane door. On Monday, the Russian Interior Ministry filed an indictment against the man and he is now awaiting trial.


UN condemns North Korea's 'destabilizing behavior'

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The United Nations Security Council on Monday condemned North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch, expressing concern over the country’s "highly destabilizing behavior and flagrant and provocative defiance" of the 15-member body, Reuters reported.

North Korea said earlier on Monday it had successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile, adding the test was meant to confirm the reliability of the late-stage guidance of the nuclear warhead.


Man stabbed during fight in Jerusalem

Monday, May 22, 2017

A 44-year-old man was stabbed during a fight in Jerusalem on Monday evening.

He was brought to a local clinic, where he was treated by paramedics who then evacuated him in serious condition to the Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital.


Liberman meets Trump's National Security Adviser

Monday, May 22, 2017

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman met on Monday evening with U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who arrived in Israel with President Donald Trump.

The two discussed the security relations between Israel and the United States.


Trump in Israel - what about the peace process?

Monday, May 22, 2017
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Haredi MKs praise Trumps for observing Wall protocol

Monday, May 22, 2017

A number of haredi members of Knesset praised United States President Donald Trump and his wife for observing gender separation during their visit to the Western Wall of the Temple in Jerusalem on Monday.

MK Yisrael Eichler (United Torah Judaism) said, "Even if there is no political achievement in the president's visit to Israel, I am happy that the Reformers in America were forced to see how the Trump family respects the Western Wall in complete isolation - each in its place - with men or with women, according to the custom of the holy place."

MK Yaakov Asher (United Torah Judaism) noted, "How frustrating it is when the president of the United States and his wife respect the rules of the holy place for Jews, while the Reform and their aides trample them with a coarse foot." Both were critical of the Supreme Court on the matter.


Bureaucrat apocalypse: Shaked: 'Political power has passed to the bureaucrats'

Monday, May 22, 2017
Justice Minister tells the Bar Association conference, "Clerks conduct a political agenda under the guise of neutrality and professionalism."

Haredi draft protest broken up after disorder

Monday, May 22, 2017

Police broke up a demonstration by dozens of haredi-religious protesters on Sarei Israel Street in Jerusalem Monday evening against the backdrop of the arrest of a haredi for not reporting for duty with the Israel Defense Forces.

The police dispersed the demonstrators when some of them tried to block the light rail near Nordau Street.

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