The Algemeiner reports: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed new US Ambassador David Friedman to the Jewish state on Tuesday at a meeting in Jerusalem. Friedman had arrived in Israel the previous day, pointedly making the Western Wall in the Israeli capital’s Old City his first stop. “It’s a pleasure to see you and to welcome you to Jerusalem, our eternal capital,” Netanyahu said as he greeted Friedman. “I know you went to the Kotel [Western Wall]. It’s deeply appreciated by all our people.” “There was no other place to go,” Friedman replied. Netanyahu told Friedman he was looking...Read More
TEL AVIV – Amid reports that President Donald Trump allegedly disclosed classified intelligence provided by Israel during a White House meeting last week with Russian officials, it may be instructive to recall that the Obama administration was repeatedly accused of deliberately leaking Israeli military secrets that may have damaged Israel’s defense capabilities. In 2012, Israel suspected the Obama administration leaked information to prevent the Jewish state from striking Iran’s nuclear facilities. The leak appeared in a Foreign Policy magazine article quoting anonymous U.S. officials that revealed Azerbaijan, which borders Iran, secretly provided Israel with airbases from which the Israeli military...Read More
President Trump confirmed Thursday morning at a National Day of Prayer event in the Rose Garden of the White House that he will be visiting Saudi Arabia, Rome, and Israel this month at a historic time for the Jewish people. Trump’s first overseas trip as president indicates special support for America’s top Mideast ally, Israel, since it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War. Israel regained control of Jerusalem during that war, and the timing leads some to speculate that President Trump could use the occasion to announce he’s moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to...Read More
An Israeli strike on Thursday hit an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport where regular supplies of weapons from Tehran are sent by commercial and military cargo planes, a regional intelligence source said. The depot handles a significant amount of weapons that Tehran, a major regional ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, sends regularly by air, the source who requested anonymity said, without giving further details. The source said the arms depot gets a major part of the weapons supplied to an array of Iranian backed militias, led by Hezbollah, which have thousands...Read More
In a powerful display of the glory that once was the Jewish Temple, tens of thousands of worshipers gathered at the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem’s Old City on Thursday morning to receive the biannual Priestly Blessing from hundreds of Kohanim (men of the priestly caste). An Estimated 80,000 people flocked to the site, in what has become a major aspect of the Passover holiday in Jerusalem. The mass blessing by the kohanim, who are the descendants of Aaron, the first High Priest, takes place twice a year, on Sukkot and Passover. The priestly benediction is found in...Read More
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