Jerusalem

Israel's government angers Palestinians by meeting near Jerusalem holy site

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the unusual step Sunday of convening his Cabinet at a sensitive Jerusalemholy site, spurring howls of protest by Palestinians who claim the area where it is located for the capital of a future state.<p>The special session marking the 50th anniversary of Israel’s …

Western Wall

6-day war begets 50 years of conflict for Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) — It may well be remembered as a pyrrhic victory for Israel: in six days it stunned the world by vanquishing several Arab armies, only to be saddled with a deeply corrosive 50-year fight with the Palestinians for the Holy Land.<p>For several weeks in 1967, the underdog Israelis …

Israel

Israel approves plans for tourist cable cars through occupied East Jerusalem

<b>Israel approves controversial Jerusalem cable car contract</b><br>AFP 28 May — Israel’s government on Sunday approved plans to install a cable car to …

Al-Aqsa Mosque

Trump reframes the Middle East war zone

It's only fair to share...<p>President Donald Trump’s Middle East trip was quite an achievement. He has surely alarmed America’s foes. In societies …

Western Wall

There is no Hebrew word for history

Malcolm Hoenlein<p>The writer is president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.<p>More from the author ►<p>The question we …

Temple Mount

Express cable car to the Western Wall

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem, the government approved the cable car project in Jerusalem on Sunday, led by …

Western Wall

Israeli detention conditions: Palestinians end hunger strike in jail

More than 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails ended a mass hunger strike against detention conditions. Israeli officials said the move - at the …

Israel

Jerusalem excavation reveals diet of ancient Israelites during Second Temple period

Ancient Jerusalemites from the Second Temple period were kosher and dined primarily on sheep and goat, while cows and chickens came in a distant …

Archaeology

What Israel can gain from renewed coordination with Temple Mount custodian

Renewed coordination between Israel and the Islamic custodian of the Temple Mount – the Jerusalem Waqf – entails benefits for both sides. However, it …

Israel

Thousands of Israelis rally to end Palestinian occupation

Thousands of Israelis rallied Saturday in Tel Aviv in support of a Palestinian state ahead of the 50th anniversary of Israel's occupation of Palestinian land.<p>Banners bearing the slogan "Two states, One Hope" featured in the demonstration organised by supporters of a Palestinian state, including the …

Israel

Sarah Brammer-Shlay, whose arm was broken by Israeli police as they forcibly removed her from a Jerusalem Day protest, will be undergoing a $25,000 operation on Thursday. An American-Jewish activist whose arm was broken by…

<i>Sarah Brammer-Shlay, whose arm was broken by Israeli police as they forcibly removed her from a Jerusalem Day protest, will be undergoing a $25,000</i> …

Middle East

Alternately charming and boorish, Trump plays the role of a lifetime overseas

TAORMINA, Italy — Little matters more to Donald Trump, the brander-turned-American president, than imagery. Trump staffed his government out of central casting, and this past week it was time for him to audition for his role: leader of the free world.<p>In Washington, Trump is mostly seen only when he …

Western Wall

March of the Zealots: a report from ‘Jerusalem Day’

Ecstatic Zionists celebrating the 50th anniversary of Israel’s conquest of East Jerusalem, this past Wednesday, were greeted by equally passionate …

Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Palestinian dies after being shot by Israel police

A Palestinian man who was shot by Israeli forces on Tuesday in the Israeli city of Netanya, succumbed to his wounds yesterday.<p>The Palestinian …

Al-Aqsa Mosque

Israel to ease access for Palestinians during Ramadan

Israel announced Friday it will ease restrictions on Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, including …

Israel

6 key moments from President Trump's first trip abroad

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> While reports surrounding the ongoing Russia probe continued to plague his administration back in Washington, President Donald Trump embarked on his first trip abroad since taking office.<p>And in typical Trump fashion -- the President broke from tradition.<p>Unlike any of his …

Western Wall

The Dovekeeper and the Children’s Intifada

How a thirteen-year-old boy in Jerusalem became a Rorschach blot for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.<p>Their plans were quite precise: they wouldn’t attack women, or the elderly, or children like themselves. Their targets, they agreed, would be men in their late teens and early twenties—young men of …

Crime

WATCH: George Mitchell: President Trump’s hands may be tied on Jerusalem

America's special envoy for Middle East peace discusses freighted issue of where U.S. sites its embassy in Israel<p>While on the 2016 presidential campaign trail, Donald Trump would blast then-President Barack Obama’s approach to Israel, promising a more conciliatory approach to the country, one that …

Israel

EU diplomats refuse railway tour because line crosses West Bank

European Union ambassadors pulled out of a tour of tunnels on the new Tel Aviv-Jerusalem railway line on the grounds that one section of the track …

Israel

Hard-Right Pro-Israel Partisans Need to Stop Deluding Themselves About Trump

This past week, Donald Trump made his first official visit to Israel, where he largely followed the same script of previous presidents. He met with …

Western Wall

For travelling Trump, Riyadh and Jerusalem just stops on a heavily-armed road to nowhere

<b>Washington:</b> You've got to hand it to the Saudi princes. There they were last weekend, arming themselves to the teeth by throwing down orders for …

Middle East

Trump Goes With God—and the Gamble Mostly Pays Off

Foregrounding religion on a political trip abroad was a surprising choice. What’s even more surprising is that it seemed to work.<p>Even if Donald Trump had not been a candidate whose presidential campaign was drenched in isolationist language and a man whose words and deeds tend not to convey piety …

Western Wall

Jerusalem was never holy to Muslims

Morton A. Klein, ZOA President<p>Morton A. Klein is the National President of the Zionist Organization of America.<p>More from the author ►<p>It’s time to end …

Israel

Archaeologists Find Evidence of Jerusalem's Destruction 2,000 Years Ago

As Israelis celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem this week, archaeologists have found evidence of the battle for …

Temple Mount

Israel's Ramadan goodwill comes amid tension over Gaza power

Israel has announced a series of goodwill gestures for Palestinians ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan a day after it warned Gaza's already …

Al-Aqsa Mosque

It was naive to praise Melania and Ivanka Trump for refusing the headscarf in Saudi then covering up at the Vatican

The Trumps are on tour. And the only thing scarier than the political allegiances forged between the US President and some of the Middle East’s most …

Western Wall

Trump Reveals Contents of His Silent Prayer to God During Historic Visit to the Western Wall

President Donald Trump made history on Monday when he became the first sitting U.S. president to pray and leave a note at the Western Wall in …

Western Wall

Abbas blasts Netanyahu's comments on Jerusalem

The office of Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday blasted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's statement that Jerusalem …

Western Wall

50 years on, just-released photos show horror, then joy, in Battle for Jerusalem

Up until the 1967 Six Day War, Jewish soldiers had lost practically every major battle to Jordan’s Arab Legion.<p>In the 1948 Independence War, the …

Israel

Jerusalem still suffers from divisions, 50 years after war

Israel is marking this week the 50th anniversary of its capture of east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war — an event it celebrates as the …

Temple Mount