U.S. not delaying peace plan over Israeli government turmoil, ambassador to Israel says

U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks on stage on during the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, May 14, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks on stage on during the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Israel, May 14, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, denied reports that the Trump administration is delaying the rollout of its peace plan due to the recent upheaval in Israel’s government.

Friedman also called reports about a high-level meeting last week that included U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss the timing of the peace plan “wildly inaccurate” in a statement released Monday that was posted to the U.S. Embassy in Israel’s website. [Read more…]

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Israel’s Security Agency thwarted 480 terror attacks in past year, chief says

Israeli soldiers and medics at the scene of a stabbing attack by a Palestinian teen which killed American-Israeli Ari Fuld outside a mall in the Etzion bloc on Sept. 16, 2018. (Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)
Israeli soldiers and medics at the scene of a stabbing attack by a Palestinian teen which killed American-Israeli Ari Fuld outside a mall in the Etzion bloc on Sept. 16, 2018. (Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)

Israeli soldiers and medics at the scene of a stabbing attack by a Palestinian teen which killed American-Israeli Ari Fuld outside a mall in the Etzion bloc on Sept. 16, 2018. (Gershon Elinson/FLASH90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israel Security Agency (ISA) thwarted 480 terror attacks in the past year, its director said.

In a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, ISA Director Nadav Argaman called the apparent quiet in the West Bank “deceptive.” He told the lawmakers that Gaza and the West Bank have become “extremely unstable” over the last year. [Read more…]

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