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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Israel and Argentina to ‘turn friendship into business’ starting with more kosher meat

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Argentinian Vice-President Gabriela Michetti in Jerusalem on Jan. 10, 2018. (GPO/Kobi Gideon)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Argentinian Vice-President Gabriela Michetti in Jerusalem on Jan. 10, 2018. (GPO/Kobi Gideon)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Argentinian Vice-President Gabriela Michetti in Jerusalem on Jan. 10, 2018. (GPO/Kobi Gideon)

(JTA) – Argentina will export more kosher frozen beef to Israel, following an official visit of the country’s vice-president.

Gabriela Michetti on Sunday completed an official visit to Israel with an economic team of vice-ministers to turn the good relations between both countries “to concrete economic improvements,” she told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting last week. [Read more…]

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Israeli president shown in faked photos wearing Arab headdress

(JTA) – Israel Police have launched an investigation into faked photos showing President Reuven Rivlin wearing an Arab headdress, or kaffiyeh.

The images were created after Rivlin rejected a pardon for a former Israeli soldier who shot and killed a downed Palestinian attacker, and hark back to those featuring prime minister Yitzhak Rabin by right-wing opponents of his peace overtures to the Palestinians. [Read more…]

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Israel’s president rejects pardon request for soldier who shot downed Palestinian terrorist

Elor Azaria at a military court hearing in Jaffa, Aug. 30, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Elor Azaria at a military court hearing in Jaffa, Aug. 30, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin rejected a request to pardon a former Israeli soldier convicted of shooting and killing an injured Palestinian terrorist as he lay on the ground.

Rivlin rejected the request to pardon jailed soldier Elor Azaria, who is serving a reduced sentence of 14 months in prison for the murder. [Read more…]

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Israel’s president plays peacemaker between his government and North American Jews

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin shaking hands with Richard Sandler, board chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, at the group’s General Assembly in Los Angeles, California, Nov. 13, 2017. (Jeffrey Brown/JFNA)
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin shaking hands with Richard Sandler, board chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, at the group’s General Assembly in Los Angeles, California, Nov. 13, 2017. (Jeffrey Brown/JFNA)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin shaking hands with Richard Sandler, board chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, at the group’s General Assembly in Los Angeles, California, Nov. 13, 2017.
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LOS ANGELES (JTA) – Reuven Rivlin played peacemaker Monday night – between North American Jews and Israelis.

Speaking at the annual General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, Israel’s president sympathized with attendees’ complaints that Israel was ignoring their calls for religious pluralism there, but also urged patience with Israel’s political process. [Read more…]

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