West Bank annexation by Israel would lead to ‘massive conflict’ with Jordan, its king says

(JTA) — King Abdullah of Jordan said that “if Israel really annexed the West Bank in July, it would lead to a massive conflict” with his country.

Abdullah in an interview published Friday in the German Der Spiegel weekly magazine was responding to a question on what would happen should...
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Israel PM Netanyahu meets with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

JERUSALEM (TPS) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. Secretary of State on Thursday, May 14, in a short, but important meeting, at the Prime Minister’s Residence.

The prime minister acknowledged the visit came only a few days after Pompeo’s father, Wayne, had died. “I want to express the...
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IDF soldier victim of car ramming incident; terrorist killed

(TPS) – An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier was wounded Thursday when an Arab terrorist rammed his car into a group of soldiers operating near the Israeli community of Negohot, in the Hebron area.

Responding troops shot and killed the terrorist.

The soldier was treated on the scene for severe...
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PM Netanyahu welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Wednesday morning, May 13, with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem.

The prime minister acknowledged the visit came only a few days after Pompeo’s father, Wayne, had died. “I want to express the condolences of my family to your...
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Netanyahu names one person to serve simultaneously as Israel’s Washington and UN ambassador

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Gilad Erdan, currently Israel’s public security minister, will serve simultaneously as the nation’s ambassador to Washington and the United Nations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Monday.

The announcement comes three days ahead of the formation of a new coalition government between Netanyahu’s Likud party and Benny...
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7 congressional Republicans threaten Jordan with sanctions for not extraditing terrorist in ’01 Jerusalem pizzeria bombing

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Seven Republicans in Congress warned Jordan that the United States was now in a position to sanction that country unless it extradites one of the terrorists who plotted the 2001 bombing of a Jerusalem pizzeria.

“The potential seriousness of these sanctions provisions reflect the deep concern of...
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Mike Pompeo to visit Israel for one day next week despite coronavirus

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to travel to Israel next week for a one-day visit in what would be the first visit by a senior foreign official to Israel since it closed its borders due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Israel currently requires any person arriving...
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US will recognize Israel’s West Bank annexation with conditions, US ambassador says

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The United States is ready to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and other parts of the West Bank with conditions, the U.S. ambassador to Israel told an Israel newspaper.

In an interview with the Israel Hayom daily, David Friedman said Israel must freeze building in...
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Israel poised to start coronavirus antibody testing

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel will conduct antibody testing for COVID-19 on 100,000 citizens nationwide to determine how widely the virus has spread.

The testing will begin within the next two weeks, Moshe Bar-Siman-Tov, director-general of Israel’s Health Ministry, told The New York Times on Tuesday.

The results also will be...
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Israel eases coronavirus rules: It’s back to the malls and visits with the grandkids (but no hugs)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Sabas and saftas can visit the grandkids and Aroma can start brewing anew.

In a nationally televised address Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a further relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in Israel. The new rules permit visits by first-degree relatives – without hugs — and cancel the restriction...
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