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A controversial Knesset bill and ongoing dispute over the state budget could lead to another round of indecisive elections. One would think that mass protests numbering in the thousands three times a week ending with dozens of arrests each time, a gripping financial crisis leaving almost a fourth of Israelis unemployed, and an increasing rise of cases of the Coronavirus would be enough for one country to handle. In Israel, this is never the case. Due to a controversial bill proposed in the Knesset this week, it appears that Jerusalem is inching its way closer to yet another round of elections. On…

Reinforcements sent to northern border, IDF reconfigure deployments in preparation for possible war Israel Air Force (IAF) helicopter gunships attacked Syrian army outposts on the Golan Heights on Friday night, even as Israeli reinforcements were being deployed along the border with Lebanon. The strike on the Syrian army positions left two Syrian soldiers and two terrorist militiamen wounded, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). It came in response to Syrian army gunfire into the Israeli Golan Heights earlier in the day. That gunfire damaged a car and a building in the Israeli Druze town of Majdal Shams.…

Perhaps this is why the biggest opponents of West Bank annexation are the Jewish settlers themselves. President Donald Trump’s Deal of the Century peace plan leaves hundreds of Israeli heritage and archaeological sites under the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) jurisdiction, possibly endangering their existence. Hundreds of Israeli and Jewish heritage and archaeological sites in Judea and Samaria would be removed from Israeli control and transferred to the PA, according to a map released by the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot on Tuesday delineating Israel’s borders as planned by Trump’s plan. Organizations campaigning for Israeli control of these sites have voiced concerns that Trump’s…

“You have the Americans now, but in 50 years, you’ll be on our side” US-Israel relations are generally considered to be rock solid, having survived many changes of administration and moves by both parties that weren’t always beneficial to the other. The cornerstone of that seemingly unshakable connection is a shared faith in the Bible. But as more and more Americans no longer live their lives according to the Word of God, US national interests today rival Christian faith as the driving force behind their government policies vis-à-vis the Jewish state. For many, American nationalism has become their religion. Enter…

Against the backdrop of the debate surrounding the application of Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has launched a ‘construction race’ targeting areas slated for Israeli sovereignty, according to a petition recently filed by Regavim in the Jerusalem District Court. Regavim’s petition focuses on Kfar Nahlin, near Rosh Tzurim in Gush Etzion. Since the roll-out of President Trump’s “Vision for Peace to Prosperity,” an intensive PA effort has been underway to create facts on the ground through illegal construction on Israeli state land adjacent to the village. Recent projects include the construction of new buildings and…

Israeli government more focused on helping those who have struggled financially due to the coronavirus outbreak, defense minister says, adding that the Trump plan should be promoted among regional partners. Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz met with the US Special Envoy for International Negotiations Avi Berkowitz and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Monday to discuss the Trump administration’s peace plan and the efforts to move forward with the provisions that would extend Israeli sovereignty to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Gantz told the US officials that the target date of July 1 for the…

Not only does the US provide Israel funding, there is also key cooperation in missile defense, anti-tunnel defense and counter-drone technology. A bipartisan effort is making its way through the US Congress that could see new support for Israel-US defense cooperation. It is a unique effort that now includes both a bill in the Senate called the United States-Israel Military Capability Act of 2020 and H.R. 7148 in the House of Representatives “to establish a US-Israel Operations-Technology Working Group.” Israel and the US are already close partners and allies in the realm of defense. Not only does Washington provide Jerusalem with funding…

“The United States and Israel are blessed nations, and we share a very special bond,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells 2020 AJC Global Forum. Pompeo is set to discuss “deal of the century” with top EU leaders. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday addressed the opening plenary of the 2020 AJC Global Forum and reaffirmed the strong bond between Washington and Jerusalem. AJC’s signature annual event was originally scheduled to take place in Berlin but was changed to a video conference due to the coronavirus pandemic. Addressing what the AJC said was thousands of people in the…

“The cancellation of next years’ policy conference is a missed opportunity, especially because of its timing.” WASHINGTON – Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many international events had to cancel or to shift online. The UN General Assembly is the most significant diplomatic gathering in 2020 that is expected to take place remotely. Some conferences in the Jewish world, such as the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Global Forum, have moved to an online version, too. Last week, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was the first major pro-Israel event that is planned for 2021 to be canceled due to COVID-19. AIPAC…

Despite lack of evidence, conspiracy theories advanced by politicians and commentators on the Left and Right seek to argue that protests were organized by professionals to destabilize the US. By Sunday morning, some 25 American cities were under some kind of curfew with troops from the National Guard deploying in Minneapolis and the US capital after days of protests and violent riots. Amid the chaos and uncertainty, voices from both sides of the political aisle have claimed the violence was fueled by conspiracies and orchestrated by “professionals.” Right-wing commentator Candace Owens and others have been blaming George Soros and “left-wing…

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