Jason Greenblat, a top aide to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, says that Trump has no problem with Israeli settlement-building in the West Bank — a very different tack from President Obama’s administration. The U.S. and many other countries consider such settlement building illegal.
Also this week in Israel in the News:
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expects President Obama to continue promoting direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians for the remainder of his term, while saying that he looks forward to working the President-elect Trump to further peace and security.
- Israel and Turkey both named new ambassadors as relations between the two countries normalize. Relations between Israel and Turkey broke down in 2011.
- The U.N. has named the IDF emergency medical team as number one in the world in responding to medical crisis and natural disasters.
- In a historic speech before the Holy Convocation of the Church of God in Christ — the largest Pentecostal church movement in the U.S. — Rabbi Eckstein called for healing of America’s religious divisions, following a divisive election. This was the first time a rabbi has addressed the convocation.
This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yonit Rothchild on hope for future relations between Israel and the U.S.