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White House signals Western Wall has to be part of Israel

“The U.S. has never recognized Israeli sovereignty over territory occupied in 1967, including east Jerusalem” writes Ken Thomas for sun-sentinel.com. Pence plans to visit the Western Wall next week amid ongoing questions over whether the Trump administration will change longstanding U.S. policy by declaring the wall’s location to be Israel, versus Jerusalem. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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Israeli drugmaker Teva to cut quarter of global work force

“The cuts will be scattered across Teva’s global operations and will occur over the next two years, with most expected in 2018” reports foxbusiness.com. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the world’s largest generic drugmaker, on Thursday said it would lay off over a quarter of its workforce as part of a global restructuring meant to salvage its ailing business.He promised that Teva’s global headquarters would remain in Israel.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he called Schultz and urged him to do his utmost to protect Israeli jobs, especially in poorer…

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Two Palestinian militants killed in Gaza ‘preparing attack on Israel’

“Two Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants riding on a motorcycle in Gaza were killed in an explosion on Tuesday which the group implied was caused by an accidental detonation during preparations for an attack” writes Tom Harris for telegraph.co.uk. The group usually employs the term to refer to casualties caused by the accidental detonation of weapons or explosives used in attacks against Israel. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Palestinian president cancels meeting with Mike Pence after Jerusalem decision

“Palestinian leaders plan to snub Vice President Mike Pence during his trip to the region later this month after President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel” writes Katie Leach for washingtonexaminer.com. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas canceled his Dec. 19th meeting with Pence during his trip to the Middle East, citing the Jerusalem decision as his reasoning, according to Reuters.Violence has erupted as Palestinians, who claim East Jerusalem to be their capital, have taken to the streets to protest and the Israelis have retaliated against Hamas in Gaza for…

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Trump Jerusalem move sparks more protests across Muslim world

“Hundreds of anti-U.S. protesters clashed with Israeli security forces in the West Bank Friday over the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital” writes Nbc News for aol.com. More from NBC News: U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem would destroy peace process, Palestinians say Trump’s Jerusalem plan undermines U.S. interests and credibility, analysts say Trump plan to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital triggers warnings. Since the 1979 Camp David Accords, previous presidents have refused to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or move the U.S. Embassy. Source: aol.com Share This:

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Saudi Arabia and Israel covert contact expansion ‘highly likely,’ says Middle East expert

“Overt cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Israel seems unlikely, but an expansion of covert contacts and planning is highly likely,” David Ottaway, Middle East fellow at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., told CNBC on Friday” writes Natasha Turak for cnbc.com. And now the two look set for further rapprochement, at least behind closed doors, as tensions in the Middle East escalate and interests among regional players create new geostrategic alliances. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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The UK should follow Trump’s lead and move the British embassy to Jerusalem

“The only difference, of course, is that unlike D.C. or London, Jerusalem is not internationally recognized as Israel’s capital” writes Michael Fabricant Mp for washingtonexaminer.com. Ultimately, however, rightfully recognizing Jerusalem’s place as Israel’s capital is simply not as big as people think it is. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Hamas calls for uprising…

“Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, upsetting the Arab world and Western allies alike” writes Min Read for reuters.com. GAZA (Reuters) – The powerful Palestinian Islamist group Hamas called on Thursday for a new uprising against Israel after U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. “We should call for and we should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy,” Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said in a speech in Gaza. Source: reuters.com Share This:

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Boris Johnson to travel to Iran in a bid to secure release of British mother held in jail

“The visit, Mr Johnson’s first to Tehran, follows a small thaw in relations after the Iranian nuclear deal saw sanctions lifted against Tehran last year” writes Nigel Farage for telegraph.co.uk.   He is expected to meet Mohammad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, for talks that will also cover bilateral relations, the wars in Yemen and Syria, and the future of Iranian nuclear deal. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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