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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At least 37 Palestinians reported dead in border protests on day of U.S. embassy move

Palestinians carrying a wounded man during a protest against United States’ plans to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, near Al Bureij Refugee Camp at the Gaza-Israel border, May 14, 2018. (Hassan Jedi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Palestinians carrying a wounded man during a protest against United States’ plans to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, near Al Bureij Refugee Camp at the Gaza-Israel border, May 14, 2018. (Hassan Jedi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Palestinians carrying a wounded man during a protest against United States’ plans to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, near Al Bureij Refugee Camp at the Gaza-Israel border, May 14, 2018. (Hassan Jedi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

(JTA) – At least 37 Gazan Palestinians have been killed at the border with Israel, where tens of thousands have gathered for protests in the hours before the dedication of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

About 50,000 Palestinians massed on the border by mid-afternoon on Monday. Several thousand more Palestinian protesters are located more than a quarter of a mile from the border fence in a tent area, the IDF said.  There are at least 10 flashpoint areas along the border. [Read more…]

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Trump says he rejected plans for larger Jerusalem embassy

President Donald Trump speaking to supporters at a campaign rally in Elkhart, Ind., May 10, 2018. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump speaking to supporters at a campaign rally in Elkhart, Ind., May 10, 2018. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump speaking to supporters at a campaign rally in Elkhart, Ind., May 10, 2018. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

(JTA) – U.S. President Donald Trump told a rally that he rejected plans for a larger embassy in Jerusalem, suggesting that the move next week to a consular building in Israel’s capital was permanent.

Trump’s rejection of the long-term plans for a larger embassy in Jerusalem is at odds with plans laid out just months ago by administration officials, which depicted the imminent move of the embassy to a consular building as a stopgap, with a larger permanent embassy to be built within the next decade. He also appeared to vastly underestimate the cost of the interim move. [Read more…]

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Iran reportedly fires missiles at Israel, and Israel strikes back in Syria

Israeli tanks seen near the Israeli-Syrian border, May 10, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
Israeli tanks seen near the Israeli-Syrian border, May 10, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

Israeli tanks seen near the Israeli-Syrian border, May 10, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Iranian troops reportedly fired a barrage of 20 missiles at Israel, and Israel responded by bombing Iranian military targets in Syria.

The missiles were launched from Syria early Thursday morning. None of them hit Israel. Israel’s missile defence system intercepted four of them, and the rest landed in Syrian territory, according to Israeli news reports. No Israelis were hurt in the attack. [Read more…]

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Israel will have to pay ‘a price’ for U.S. Embassy move, says Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks at the Saban Forum in Washington D.C. on December 2 2016.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks at the Saban Forum in Washington D.C. on December 2 2016.

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said his country will have to pay “a price” for the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

“There is no free lunch,” Liberman told Israel Channel 2’s Saturday night program “Meet the Press.” He added that “the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will come at a price and it is worth paying it. We should welcome, and be prepared, to pay a price.” [Read more…]

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Israel’s Mossad broke into Iranian nuclear files and smuggled out half a ton of documents the same night

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel speaking at the Kirya government headquarters in Tel Aviv, April 30, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel speaking at the Kirya government headquarters in Tel Aviv, April 30, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel speaking at the Kirya government headquarters in Tel Aviv, April 30, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

(JTA) – Israel’s Mossad intelligence service broke into the anonymous Tehran building that housed Iran’s secret nuclear files and smuggled half a ton of documents and compact discs back to Israel the same night.

The New York Times in an article posted on its website Monday night quoted a senior Israeli official who spoke on condition of anonymity as saying that the Mossad discovered the warehouse in February 2016 and since then kept the building under surveillance. [Read more…]

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‘Iran lied big time’ about nuclear program, Netanyahu says in describing secret files

JERUSALEM (JTA) – “Iran lied big time” about the nature of its nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced.

Netanyahu on Monday evening unveiled copies of half a ton of material that make up part of what he identified as Iran’s secret nuclear files. He first delivered his presentation in English, in an effort to reach the widest possible audience. [Read more…]

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American-Israeli teen who made bomb threats against JCCs allegedly threatens Israeli schools from prison

Michael Kadar escorted by guards as he leaves the Israeli Justice court in Rishon Lezion, March 23, 2017.(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)
Michael Kadar escorted by guards as he leaves the Israeli Justice court in Rishon Lezion, March 23, 2017.(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael Kadar escorted by guards as he leaves the Israeli Justice court in Rishon Lezion, March 23, 2017.(Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The American-Israeli man accused of making hundreds of bomb threats to Jewish community centres in the United States is suspected of making another 100 hoax bomb threats in Israel from prison. [A number of JCCs in Canada also received bomb threats.]

Bomb threats received by the Israel Police against schools in Tel Aviv and Kfar Saba on Sunday were traced to Michael Kadar, Israeli news channels reported. Kadar, 19, of Ashkelon, is being held in Nitzan Prison in Ramle pending his trial. His name is barred from publication in Israel. [Read more…]

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