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.
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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.