This week, President Donald Trump held his first meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu since being elected. In a joint press conference, the two allies pledged support for one another.
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ISIS has claimed credit for rockets fired at southern Israel this week. No injuries were reported, and most of the rockets were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.
Officials announced that Iran conducted a test launch of a ballistic missile this week, in direct violation of U.N. rules. Both Israel and the U.S. reacted swiftly.
President Donald Trump this week announced that his administration is taking steps toward fulfilling a campaign promise to move the American embassy to Jerusalem. Israel recognizes Jerusalem as its capital, as do Palestinians.
An Israeli police officer was killed after a car driven by an Israeli Arab rammed into a group of police officers in village of Umm-Al Hiran.
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.
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.