Trump, landing in Israel, heralds ‘rare opportunity’ to bring peace and stability

President Donald Trump, left, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, May 22, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
President Donald Trump, left, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, May 22, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, May 22, 2017. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Israel for a whirlwind 28-hour visit, saying his trip to the region has given him “new reasons for hope.”

Air Force One touched down on the tarmac at Ben-Gurion International Airport shortly after 12:30 pm Monday. The landing represented the first direct flight ever between Israel and Saudi Arabia, the first stop of Trump’s first international trip as president.  [Read more…]

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Trump’s Israel visit said to include stops at Masada, Western Wall; “possible visit” to Yad Vashem

Trump in Israel

Trump in Israel

(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s two-day-visit to Israel in March will reportedly include stops at Masada and the Western Wall as well as meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

Trump will arrive in Israel on May 22, when he will visit the Western Wall and meet with President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Channel 2 reported. That day may also include a “possible visit” to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial. [Read more…]

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Israeli President Rivlin issues holiday greeting in English for ‘the Independence Day of all the Jewish people’

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin released an Israel Independence Day greeting in English, in which he called it “the Independence Day of all the Jewish people.”

“Sixty-nine years ago, in the moments just after David Ben-Gurion declared the birth of the State of Israel, we all went out to dance in the streets. We celebrated a hope which came true: to be a free people in our land, in Jerusalem,” Rivlin said. [Read more…]

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Israel’s president reportedly says outpost law makes country look like ‘apartheid state’

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin criticized the regularization law that retroactively legalizes settler homes build on private Palestinian land. (Bryan Pace-Pool/Getty Images)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin criticized the regularization law that retroactively legalizes settler homes build on private Palestinian land. (Bryan Pace-Pool/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin reportedly said that a new law that retroactively legalizes settler homes built on private Palestinian land could make Israel look like an “apartheid state.”

Rivlin made the comments during a closed door meeting last week, two days after the “regulation law” was passed by the Knesset, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported Sunday. [Read more…]

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Israeli president to Mexican counterpart: Wall comparisons are ‘misunderstanding’

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told his counterpart from Mexico that Israel had “no intention” of comparing its border wall with Egypt to the one proposed by President Donald Trump between Mexico and the United States.

Rivlin spoke by phone to Enrique Peña Nieto on Tuesday evening in Israel amid the diplomatic uproar between Israel and Mexico since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a tweet Saturday in which he was seen as supporting Trump’s plan to keep out illegal immigrants. [Read more…]

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Ehud Olmert requests pardon

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, Dec. 29, 2015. (Gil Yohanan/Flash 90)

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, Dec. 29, 2015. (Gil Yohanan/Flash 90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, currently serving a 27-month prison sentence for corruption, has requested a pardon from the country’s president.

President Reuven Rivlin’s office confirmed that a pardon request had been received from Olmert and that it would be sent to the Justice Ministry for consideration, as are all pardon requests. [Read more…]

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Jewish community condemns attack on Quebec City mosque

(JTA) – The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) and other groups condemned the attack on a Quebec City-area mosque during a prayer service that left six dead and eight wounded.

“The Jewish community is horrified by the murderous shooting at the Sainte-Foy mosque. Nothing justifies the murder of innocent civilians assembled in a place of worship. Our thoughts are with the victims and their relatives, as well as all our fellow Muslim citizens,” said Rabbi Reuben Poupko, co-chair of CIJA-Quebec in a statement. [Read more…]

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to receive pacemaker

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin criticized the regularization law that retroactively legalizes settler homes build on private Palestinian land. (Bryan Pace-Pool/Getty Images)
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during a meeting with NYPD Comissioner William Bratton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the Park Lane Hotel in New York City, Jan. 28, 2015. (Bryan Pace-Pool/Getty Images)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during a meeting with NYPD Comissioner William Bratton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the Park Lane Hotel in New York City, Jan. 28, 2015. (Bryan Pace-Pool/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will be admitted to hospital to be fitted with a pacemaker.

Rivlin, 77, will enter hospital over the weekend for about 24 hours, according to a statement issued by his office. [Read more…]

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