Posts Tagged ‘Jerusalem’


Recognizing Jerusalem is in America’s National Interest

editor 17 May 2018

By Greg Roman.. When US President Donald Trump vowed during his election campaign to put ‘America First,’ many commentators mocked him for what was a very reasonable policy. Moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem isn’t putting Israel first, it’s putting America first. [Photo top right: Pres Donald Trump At Kotel | Photo credit: Nati Shohat/Flash90].


Don’t think the U.S. Embassy belongs in Jerusalem? Get over it.

editor 17 May 2018

By Naftali Bennett.. Naftali Bennett is Israel’s minister of education and minister of diaspora affairs. He has been a member of the security cabinet since 2013 and has led the Jewish Home party since 2012. The inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem is an important recognition of Israel’s inherent right to govern itself. It is also the start of a new era, one in which the international community’s relationship is based on reality and fact, not fantasy and fiction. [Photo top right: Seal of a US Embassy].  (more…)


Excitement in Israel as Countries Prepare to Raise Flags at New Embassies in Jerusalem

editor 9 May 2018

By Jonathan Benedek.. “And the many peoples shall go and say: “Come, Let us go up to the Mount of Hashem, To the House of the God of Yaakov; That He may instruct us in His ways, And that we may walk in His paths.” For instruction shall come forth from Tzion, The word of Hashem from Yerushalayim.” Isaiah 2:3. With the Guatemalan flag already hoisted at the location of its new embassy in Jerusalem, there is a palpable mood of excitement among Israeli officials to see other countries doing the same very soon. [Photo top right:Guatemala’s flag was raised at the location of its new embassy in Jerusalem on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (Capture/YouTube].  (more…)


US envoy says Jerusalem under Israel is ‘model for coexistence in the world’

editor 27 April 2018

By Raphael Ahren.. David Friedman says Trump’s recognition of holy city as Israel’s capital was meant to ‘extend an olive branch to all major religions’. Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty is a “model for coexistence” among the three major monotheistic religions, the US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Monday (April 23, 2018). At a panel discussion in the capital, the envoy also said intelligence cooperation between the two countries has saved American lives. At the same time, he expressed concern over young Americans’ weakening connection to Israel. [Photo top right: US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks during the 6th Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism conference, at the Jerusalem Convention Center, on March 19, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)].  (more…)


Israel70 | Celebrating the argument

editor 19 April 2018

By Einat Wilf with Shany Mor.. Zionism and the State of Israel are unique examples of a movement of national liberation, and a state, established as ongoing debates, claim Einat Wilf with Shany Mor. Democratic debate about the character and future of the state has been at once a necessity, a virtue, a strength and a saving grace; in fact it has defined who we are. Here’s to the next 70 years of the argument. [Photo top right: Dr. Einat Wilf].  (more…)


Myths and facts about Gaza’s ‘march of return’

editor 17 April 2018

By Tzvi Fleischer.. The Strategist – 17 April 2018

The demonstrations along the Israel–Gaza border dubbed the ‘Great March of Return’ are a calculated and desperate propaganda move, largely organised and funded by Hamas alongside other terrorist organisations. Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007, is designated in part or entirely a terrorist organisation by the United States, the European Union and Australia. It’s using the campaign to respond to its own international isolation, recent Arab–Israeli rapprochement and more overt American support for Israel’s position, such as the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. [Photo top right: Palestinians youth collect tires to burn them during demonstrations in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 4, 2018. The death toll from March 30 violence along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel rose to 17 on Monday when the health ministry in the enclave confirmed another Palestinian had died from his wounds. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/ Flash90]. (more…)

State-of-the-Art Light Show Celebrating King David and History of City Opens in Jerusalem

editor 7 April 2018

By Israel21C.. More than 3,000 years ago, a redheaded shepherd boy from Bethlehem felled a menacing giant with a slingshot. He played the harp and composed the poems immortalized in the book of Psalms. When he ascended to the throne, he established Jerusalem as the capital of the 12 tribes of Israel. The epic story of King David has inspired great painters and sculptors for centuries. Now that story is depicted in 18 larger-than-life projections on the ancient stone walls of the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem’s Old City. [Photo top right: King David Playing the Harp – Gerard van Honthorst | Credit Wikimedia Commons]. (more…)


Work Begins on New Jerusalem Light Rail Extension to Serve Jews and Arabs

editor 16 March 2018

By Nadav Shragai.. The new light rail line will run from Gilo on the southern side of the city, via the Hebrew University Givat Ram campus and will terminate on Mount Scopus. It will serve the Jewish population, as well as the Arab residents of Beit Safafa, Issawiya, and Wadi Joz. A French court rejected an appeal by a Palestinian group that claimed that the light rail project is in violation of international law. There is wide international interest in the project from European and Chinese companies seeking to operate the “Green Line” tender. [The term “green line” does not refer to the unofficial name given to 1949 Armistice line.] [Photo top right: Map of the Jerusalem Municipality’s projected Red and Green lines].  (more…)


US Embassy in Jerusalem to open in May — in time for Israel’s 70th anniversary

editor 15 March 2018

By Eric Cortelessa, AP and TOI Staff.. Trump administration officials say Congress being briefed on plans; ribbon cutting could take place on May 14 — day of independence declaration. The new US Embassy in Jerusalem will open in May 2018 to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel declaring independence, two Trump administration officials said Friday February 23, 2018). At first, the embassy will operate out of the US’s current consular premises in Arnona, south Jerusalem. [Photo top right: The US Consulate in Jerusalem’s Talpiot neighborhood, adjoining a possible site for the US Embassy (Raphael Ahren/Times of Israel)].  (more…)


Half-shekel coin bears profile of Trump

editor 1 March 2018

By Shimon Cohen.. Temple organizations issue half-shekel coin showing Trump alongside Cyrus, King of Persia. ‘Cyrus – Balfour – Trump – Declaration 2018.’ Temple organizations have issued a half-shekel coin, the likes of which the Torah mandates every Jewish male must donate to the Temple, with a weight of 9.5 grams in real silver. (more…)


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