Four soldiers-in-training for the Israel Defense Forces were killed earlier this week when a truck driven by a Palestinian drove into them while they were sightseeing in Jerusalem.
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Legislation introduced this week in the U.S. Congress would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and would also seek to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
In a speech this week, outgoing Secretary of State John Kerry not only defended the American abstention during an anti-Israel vote at the United Nations, but also warned that Israel itself is threatening the prospects of peace in the Middle East.
President-elect Donald Trump has named David Friedman as the American Ambassador to Israel. Friedman, lawyer and advisor to Trump, is pro-Israel and supports settlements and other changes to the current U.S. policy.
Christian churches in Egypt and Nigeria were victims of tragedy last weekend.
Israelis see an opportunity to improve relations with the U.S. under the Trump administration. In particular, they are cautiously optimistic after Donald Trump’s comments on the Iran Deal among other issues.
Arson is the suspected cause of many of the massive wildfires that recently spread across northern Israel. Hundreds of homes were destroyed and some 70,000 people were forced to evacuate Haifa, Israel’s third-largest city.
Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu became the country’s longest continuously serving Prime Minister.
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.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated U.S. President-elect Donald Trump following his victory on Tuesday.