U.S. Urges Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank to Deepen Business Relationship

An International Economic Forum convened to develop business relationships between Israelis and Palestinians living in the West Bank concluded with a U.S. call to deepen financial relations, despite a long hiatus of a political process for the decades old Mideast conflict. U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman stressed that “here are many, many Palestinians that … Read more

Israeli “Beresheet” spacecraft enters orbit successfully

Israel has successfully launched its “Beresheet” spacecraft into orbit early this morning, passing its first hurdle in a 6.5 million-kilometer journey to the moon. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that while the mission signifies a big step for Israel – as it becomes the fourth country in the world after the United States, Russia and … Read more

Palestinian Authority announces its refusal to receive Israeli-allocated taxes

President Mahmoud Abbas announced that Ramallah will no longer accept any of the monthly tax revenues received from Jerusalem, following Israel’s decision to withhold 5 percent of the sums in response to the P.A.’S continued financial support for families of individuals who were either killed or incarcerated as a result of terror-related offenses. After an … Read more

U.N. envoy warns of looming war between Israel and Palestinians

Nikolay Mladenov, the United Nation’s Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace, warned the world body’s security council that extremists were “on the rise again and the risk of war continues to loom large.” Addressing the U.N. Security Council in a televised statement from his headquarters in Jerusalem, Mladenov stressed that for Israelis and Palestinians to … Read more

Islamic Republic holds Naval war games in Strait of Hormuz

The Islamic Republic has launched a large-scale naval exercise, dubbed Velayat 97, which aims to see submarines, warships, helicopters and surveillance aircrafts participate in maritime war games. The commander of Iran’s Navy, Read Admiral Hossein Khanzadi announced that the annual exercise has begun some two kilometers from the Strait of Hormuz and will continue up … Read more

Iran cannot rule out possibility of war with Israel

Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javad Zarif accused Israel of engaging in “adventurism” with regard to its military operations that are directed against Iranian forces in Syria – warning that he could not rule out the possibility of a military conflagration between the countries. In an interview that was published by the Germany daily, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, … Read more

Netanyahu postpones meeting with Putin amid “political challenges”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not travel to Moscow today for his pre-scheduled meeting with President Vladimir Putin, despite the Israeli’s leader’s assertion last week, in which he emphasized the importance of the meeting with the Russian leader to Israel’s national security. A senior Israeli official, who spoke to TV7 on condition of anonymity, said … Read more

U.S. Reportedly Set to Merge All Diplomatic Missions in Jerusalem

Palestinian relations with the United States continue to deteriorate. Following the announcement by  U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo several months ago that  Washington intended to merge all American missions in Jerusalem, there are now reports citing Trump Administration officials that the anticipated move will happen as early as the fourth of March. According to … Read more

U.K. Signs ‘Continuity Trade Agreement’ with Israel & the PA

British International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has signed a trade continuity agreement with Israel, ahead of the anticipated withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Fox on the agreement during a telephone conversation after the signing-ceremony, and said Israel’s consideration of the UK as an important friend was … Read more

Israel Urges European Leaders to Combat Anti-Semitism

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement in which he urged the leadership of Paris in particular, and Europe in general, to take a strong stand against anti-Semitism – after a Jewish cemetery was desecrated in eastern France. He said the “shocking” incident by “wild anti-Semites” is “a plague that endangers everyone, not just us,” … Read more