Abbas denies Jewish connection to Israel in speech to Palestinian leadership

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaking to the media in Berlin, April 19, 2016. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, April 19, 2016. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denied a Jewish connection to Israel in a speech to the Palestinian leadership.

“Israel is a colonial project that has nothing to do with Jews,” Abbas said during a more than two-hour speech in Ramallah, to a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Central Council. The two-day meeting was held to formulate a response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. [Read more…]

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Palestinians insist U.S. must rescind Jerusalem decision for peace talks to resume

(JTA) – The chief negotiator for the Palestinians said they will not resume any kind of peace negotiations with Israel until the United States walks back its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“The Palestinian leadership will not accept any offers for negotiations unless the American decision on Jerusalem is annulled,” Saeb Erekat said Tuesday in an interview with the official Voice of Palestine radio, the official Palestinian Authority WAFA news website reported. [Read more…]

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Kosovo president: We’d have voted with U.S. on Jerusalem at United Nations

The voting results of a U.N. resolution condemning President Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Dec. 21, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The voting results of a U.N. resolution condemning President Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Dec. 21, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Kosovo President Hashim Thaci said his Muslim-majority nation would have voted with the United States against a UN resolution condemning the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Thaci said in a recent interview with the Albanian newspaper Express that were Kosovo to achieve full membership in the United Nations, it would vote “all the time” with the United States, including on last month’s resolution on Jerusalem. [Read more…]

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Nikki Haley hosts reception for 64 countries that did not support UN Jerusalem resolution

The voting results of a U.N. resolution condemning President Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Dec. 21, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
The voting results of a U.N. resolution condemning President Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Dec. 21, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The voting results of a U.N. resolution condemning President Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Dec. 21, 2017. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, hosted a reception for the 64 countries that voted against or abstained from voting on a resolution condemning U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The “Friends of the U.S.” reception was held Wednesday night in New York at the U.S. mission to the United Nations. [Read more…]

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Israeli lawmakers approve legislation making it harder to cede parts of Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli lawmakers approved a bill that would make it harder to cede parts of Jerusalem in a future peace deal.

The legislation, an amendment to Israel’s Basic Law on Jerusalem, requires a vote by an absolute majority in the Knesset – 80 members of the 120 in the body – to give any part of the city to “a foreign party.” It passed early Tuesday morning by a vote of 64 to 52. [Read more…]

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El Salvador, last nation to shut down its Jerusalem embassy, will not move back

(JTA) – El Salvador, the last nation to shut down its Jerusalem embassy, will not be moving back to the Israeli capital.

“We will not move our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem out of respect for the peace process in the Middle East and particularly Israel and Palestine,” the Central American nation’s minister of foreign affairs, Hugo Martinez, said in an interview with a local TV channel, the Spanish-language Jewish news service Aurora reported. [Read more…]

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Pence says Trump mulling ‘when and how’ to make embassy move

(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump continues to consider “when and how” to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Vice-President Mike Pence said.

“President Donald Trump is actively considering when and how to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,” Pence said Tuesday at an event in New York organized by the Israeli mission to the United Nations (UN) marking the 70th anniversary of the UN General Assembly vote to recognize Israel on Nov. 29, 1947. [Read more…]

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