Fast train from airport to Jerusalem launched

(JTA) – Israel Railways launched a new fast connection between Jerusalem and Ben-Gurion Airport, which, it said, will be extended to Tel Aviv next year.

The new connection, whose total journey time will be 28 minutes once extended,  began operating free of charge Tuesday, The Marker reported, but passengers had to reserve a ticket online in advance of the journey. [Read more…]

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Trump says Israel will have to pay a ‘high price’ for embassy move in peace deal

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump, adviser to and daughter of President Donald Trump, revealing a dedication plaque at the official opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump, adviser to and daughter of President Donald Trump, revealing a dedication plaque at the official opening ceremony of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump said Israel will have to pay a “high price” in peace negotiations with the Palestinians over the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, raising consternation in the Jewish state.

On Tuesday, addressing supporters at a rally in West Virginia, Trump praised himself for moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, saying it “should have been done years ago.” He said the decision would help facilitate a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians because it took the issue of Jerusalem “off the table.”

“And you know what, in the negotiation Israel will have to pay a higher price because they won a very big thing, but I took it off the table,” he said. The Palestinians “could never get past the fact of Jerusalem becoming the capital, but they will get something very good next because it’s their turn next.” [Read more…]

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Corbyn met with terror leader weeks before Jerusalem attack

Jeremy Corbyn (right) standing next to Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine chief Maher al Taher at a commemoration ceremony for the Black September terrorists who took part in the 1972 massacre of 11 Israelis at the Munich Olympics. (Twitter)
Jeremy Corbyn (right) standing next to Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine chief Maher al Taher at a commemoration ceremony for the Black September terrorists who took part in the 1972 massacre of 11 Israelis at the Munich Olympics. (Twitter)

Jeremy Corbyn (right) standing next to Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine chief Maher al Taher at a commemoration ceremony for the Black September terrorists who took part in the 1972 massacre of 11 Israelis at the Munich Olympics. (Twitter)

(JTA) – Jeremy Corbyn, who was not yet British Labour Party leader, met with the leader-in-exile of a Palestinian terror group only weeks before its members carried out an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue in which six people were killed.

The Times of London published a picture of Corbyn standing next to Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) chief Maher al Taher at a commemoration ceremony for the Black September terrorists who took part in the 1972 massacre of 11 Israelis at the Munich Olympics. [Read more…]

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In Jerusalem’s mayoral race, one slate paints the other as tools of the haredi Orthodox

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The right-wing Jewish Home party has come under fire for a campaign that portrays the leading Jerusalem mayoral candidates wearing black hats and sidelocks.

The party’s message in the campaign is geared toward Religious-Zionist voters, the party’s main constituency, and is meant to warn them that if they do not vote for the Jewish Home candidates in October’s municipal elections, the next mayor will head a coalition stacked with haredi Orthodox lawmakers. [Read more…]

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