Arab ministers demand reversal of Trump Jerusalem decision ” a legalization of occupation”

Arab foreign ministers on Saturday demanded that the United States rescind President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, calling it a “grave” development that puts Washington on the same side as the occupation and the violation of international law. In a strongly-worded resolution long on rhetoric but short on meaningful actions, the […]

American Jewish Studies scholars sign petition against Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

More than 100 Jewish studies scholars have signed a petition condemning President Trump‘s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In a petition released Thursday — just days after Trump’s declaration — more than 110 signatories from universities and colleges around the country called on Trump to rescind the declaration. “We write as Jewish Studies […]

Palestinian president will refuse to meet Mike Pence as Jerusalem protests continue

Donald Trump’s hopes of brokering an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal were fraying as the Palestinian president announced he would refuse to meet the US vice president in protest at the White House’s decision on Jerusalem.  An aide to Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, said he was cancelling a meeting with Mike Pence, the US vice president, […]

Europe urges U.S. to reveal its peace proposals for M.E., blasts Trump’s move as “unhelpful”

Britain, France, Germany, Sweden and Italy called on the USA on Friday to put forward detailed proposals for peace between Israel and the Palestinians and described as “unhelpful” President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump’s reversal of decades of U.S. policy on Wednesday sparked a Palestinian “day of rage” on Friday. Thousands […]

US envoy blasts UN for condemning Trump’s Jerusalem move

The US envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has accused the UN of damaging the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The organisation “has outrageously been one of the world’s foremost centres of hostility towards Israel”, she said. Mrs Haley was addressing an emergency meeting of the Security Council called after President […]

Israeli jets hit Gaza and its troops fire at Palestinians protesting Trump’s Jerusalem move

Israeli troops opened fire across the Gaza Strip border Friday at Palestinians protesting President Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, killing at least one protester, the Gaza Health Ministry reported, and Israeli jets later responded to rocket fire from Gaza with an airstrike. Dozens of other Palestinians were reported injured in the border clashes, […]

Deadly clashes over Trump’s Jerusalem move, which was widely condemned

At least one protester was killed in Gaza on Friday, the Palestinian health ministry said, during a day of demonstrations against US President Donald Trump’s widely criticised recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces on Friday after calls for a “day of rage” as US President Donald Trump’s declaration […]

U.S. rebukes Saudis at a time when Washington’s policies in Middle East are under fire

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday questioned some of Saudi Arabia’s recent moves in the Middle East, suggesting it should consider its actions more carefully, a rare rebuke when Washington’s own policies in the region are under fire. Publicly, U.S. President Donald Trump, his top aides and senior Saudi officials have hailed what […]

Tillerson says embassy move could take years while Czechs say Trump’s idea is not good

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says it will likely take several years before the United States opens an embassy in Jerusalem. Tillerson is holding a news conference with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris. He says it will “take some time” to acquire a site for the embassy, develop building and construction […]