EU drafts a masterplan for the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem without Israel’s knowledge

It was learned from a meeting of the Israeli Parliament’s subcommittee of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that the European Union is subverting Israel’s responsibility and authority in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, in what officials termed ‘unacceptable and unprecedented.’ According to the revelation, the European Union has drafted a transportation … Read more

Turkey intends to open an embassy in “East Jerusalem, Palestine”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Ankara intends to open an embassy in East Jerusalem, days after leading calls at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine. President Erdogan said, “Since Jerusalem is currently under occupation we cannot go there and open our embassy there, … Read more

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel didn’t conquer East Jerusalem – it liberated it

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared, during a state ceremony last night that kicked off celebrations marking fifty years since the unification of Jerusalem following the 1967 Middle East war, that the Jewish state did not conquer the eastern part of Jerusalem – which Netanyahu defined as the heart of Israel’s capital – but rather liberated … Read more

Jordan and Egypt declare east Jerusalem as ‘capital of Palestine’

Jordan's Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi (C) speaks during a joint news conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry (L) and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat in Amman, Jordan May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed - RTX35SMC

Following a trilateral meeting between the top diplomats of Jordan and Egypt, together with the chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, the three urged President Donald Trump to avoid taking “unilateral steps in Jerusalem,” but in an unprecedented move, declared east Jerusalem as the ‘capital of Palestine’. The move by Jordan and Egypt, the only Arab … Read more

Israel approves the construction of hundreds of units in East Jerusalem

Israel approved building permits for hundreds of housing units in three East Jerusalem neighborhoods. The housing projects, on land the Palestinians demand as part of their future state under any final status agreement, had been taken off the Jerusalem municipality’s agenda in December at the last minute at the request of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, … Read more

Foreign Actors in eastern Jerusalem: A Challenge to Israeli Sovereignty in its Capital

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By Dr. David Koren, Expert on Jerusalem, Eastern Jerusalem and Israeli-Arabs. Foreign actors have stepped-up their subversion of Israeli sovereignty in eastern Jerusalem. This includes covert and overt activities, both legal and illegal, ideological and concrete, in the civilian and security spheres. In response, the Israeli government must devise an integrated, inter-ministerial approach to this challenge; … Read more

Vice President Mike Pence tours Mideast, declares recognition of Jerusalem as “essential for peace”

Vice President Mike Pence embarked on a Middle East tour on Friday, during which he visited both Egypt and Jordan before arriving in Israel yesterday evening.   In Egypt: the American Vice President met with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, during which he pointed to the fact that since President Donald Trump took office, relations between … Read more

Israel approves major expansion of Jewish neighborhood in east-Jerusalem

Israel approved a major expansion of a Jewish neighborhood in east-Jerusalem, issuing building permits for 176 new housing units. The decision the neighborhood of Neve Zion was hailed by Israeli officials as an important move that would bolster the Jewish presence in the predominantly-Arab eastern part of the city. Deputy Jerusalem Mayor Dov Kalmanovitch announced, … Read more

Thousands partake in a Jerusalem parade, commemorating the Feast of Tabernacles

Thousands of Christian and Jews took to the streets of Jerusalem to celebrate Sukkot, the Hebrew name for the feast of Tabernacles. Police have blocked most of Jerusalem’s central streets to allow the march to pass through, leading to long traffic jams in other parts of the city. People from around the world are visiting … Read more