In Israel, Hungary’s Orban gets praise from Netanyahu and protests at Yad Vashem

Prime Ministers Viktor Orban, left, of Hungary and Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel meet in Jerusalem, July 19, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/Israeli Government Press Office)
Prime Ministers Viktor Orban, left, of Hungary and Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel meet in Jerusalem, July 19, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/Israeli Government Press Office)

Prime Ministers Viktor Orban, left, of Hungary and Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel meet in Jerusalem, July 19, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/Israeli Government Press Office)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orban, for defending Israel in international forums and for being a “good friend” to his country.

Netanyahu made his remarks before the leaders met Thursday in Jerusalem on the second day of Orban’s two-day visit. Netanyahu went to Hungary a year ago. [Read more…]

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Thousands demonstrate in Tel Aviv against nation-state bill

(JTA) –Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Tel Aviv to protest the discriminatory aspects of the nation-state bill, which would legislate Israel as a state of the Jewish people.

The Saturday night protest, organized by several civil society and human rights organizations in conjunction with religious groups and political parties, decried a clause that would allow segregated communities, as well as the entire bill, which would become part of Israel’s Basic Law, which functions as its de-facto constitution. [Read more…]

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Prince William makes sobering visit to Yad Vashem and recalls his great-grandmother, a Holocaust rescuer

Prince William laying a wreath during a ceremony at the Hall of Remembrance in the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, June 26, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Prince William laying a wreath during a ceremony at the Hall of Remembrance in the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, June 26, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Prince William laying a wreath during a ceremony at the Hall of Remembrance in the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, June 26, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Prince William visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem and called it “a profoundly moving experience.”

Also Tuesday, the prince on the first official visit to Israel by a British royal met with two survivors of the Kindertransport, which brought thousands of Jewish children from across Europe to Britain and saved them from the Nazis. [Read more…]

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U.S. dedicates embassy in Jerusalem amid jubilation and violence

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)

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)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The United States dedicated its embassy in Jerusalem.

Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin during the Monday afternoon ceremony recited the “Shehechyanu” prayer, said when one is thankful for a new or unusual experience. [Read more…]

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Presidents of Poland and Israel to participate together in March of the Living

A group of students from Ottawa enters Birkenau on Yom HaShoah during the 2015 March of the Living.

A group of students from Ottawa enters Birkenau on Yom HaShoah during the 2015 March of the Living.

(JTA) – The presidents of Israel and Poland will take part in the March of the Living in the former Auschwitz death camp.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Polish President Andrzej Duda agreed to jointly participate in the April 12 ceremony during a telephone conversation last month, the head of the Cabinet of the Polish president, Krzysztof Szczerski, announced Monday. [Read more…]

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Pence prays at Western Wall

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence prays at the Western Wall during a private visit on Jan. 23, 2018. ( Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence prays at the Western Wall during a private visit on Jan. 23, 2018. ( Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence prays at the Western Wall during a private visit on Jan. 23, 2018. ( Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence made what is billed as a private visit to the Western Wall.

Pence and his wife, Karen, spent about 10 minutes at the site on Tuesday, the last stop on the Israel leg of the vice-president’s Middle East trip. They each approached and prayed at the wall, the vice-president in the men’s section and his wife in the women’s section. [Read more…]

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Pence arrives in Jerusalem after asking Egypt, Jordan to intercede with the Palestinians

JERUSALEM (JTA) – U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence reportedly asked Egypt and Jordan to reach out to the Palestinian Authority on behalf of the Trump Administration.

Pence met over the weekend with  both Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Jordan’s King Abdullah, where he reassured both leaders that the United States remains committed to restarting peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians and is committed to a two-state solution if both sides agree. [Read more…]

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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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