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."
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.