Wednesday May 24, 2017
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In Bethlehem, Trump calls for obliterating 'loser' terrorists
At joint press conference, U.S. president and PA President Mahmoud Abbas express commitment to Israeli-Palestinian peace "Abbas assures me he is ready to work toward that goal in good faith," says Trump Abbas: The problem is occupation, not religion.
Prof. Abraham Ben-Zvi | A new Middle East
Trump's visit to Israel marks a departure from the methods of past presidents in the region. Just as the Middle East has changed, so too have the prospects for peace with our Palestinian neighbors.
Dror Eydar | The truest symbol
U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to the Western Wall underscored how he differs from his predecessors, giving silent support to the Jewish people's claim to the land.
Dr. Gabi Avital | Charting a new course
Trump's visit to the Western Wall in and of itself, without setting demands or preconditions, or seeking a construction freezes, indicates things to come.
Dr. Col. (res.) Moshe Elad | Bracing for the Trump years
Arab leaders don't really know what to make of U.S. President Donald Trump, which is why they prefer not to get on his bad side.
Prof. Eyal Zisser | Abbas' moment of truth
Will the Palestinian leader decide to keep playing games in the futile hope that one day the world will force Israel to accept his version of an arrangement, or will he defy expectations and join hands with Trump?
At least 22 dead, 59 wounded in ISIS attack in UK's Manchester
Islamic State threatens suicide bombing in Manchester Arena is "only the beginning" British PM calls emergency intelligence meeting President Trump: Terrorists must be driven out of society PM Netanyahu: World must work together to defeat terrorism.
'Shared concern over Iran driving Israel, many Arab states closer'
"What's happened with Iran has brought many of the parts of the Middle East toward Israel," Trump tells President Rivlin before historic visit to Western Wall Trump to seek higher level of bilateral commerce, but lower U.S. trade deficit with Israel.
Saudis vow not to use weapons procured from US against Israel
U.S. obtained promise from Saudis not to use weapons purchased in $110 billion deal against U.S. allies Deal coordinated with Israel, Egypt, Jordan and other U.S. allies, says Arab official Israeli minister: Deal must not erode Israel's military edge.
US welcomes Israeli steps to boost Palestinian economy
Administration applauds goodwill measures approved by Israeli cabinet ahead of visit by U.S. President Donald Trump The president "has been encouraging both sides to take steps that improve the environment for peacemaking," says U.S. Consulate website.
Rocket fired at Israel's south by Sinai-based terrorist group
IDF says projectile was picked up on military radars but did not trigger warning sirens, and may have hit on the Egyptian side of the border Islamic State-affiliated Sinai Province group has fired rockets at Israel several times in recent months.
Police thwart stabbing attack near Jerusalem, terrorist killed
Palestinian armed with knife rushes officers at security checkpoint outside Jerusalem while U.S. president is visiting Old City Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinian youths clash with Israeli troops near Qalandiya; Palestinians say three people wounded.
Report: Israeli Skylark drone crashes in southern Lebanon
Tactical surveillance drone reportedly crashes in Aita al-Shaab This is the second time an Israeli military drone has crashed in southern Lebanon this year Lebanon sees Israeli drone flights in its airspace as a violation of its national sovereignty.
Officials slam MK who crashed reception, took selfie with Trump
Prime Minister's Office blasts MK Oren Hazan for breach of protocol Despite awkward moment, Trump graciously agrees to pose for selfie Incident makes international headlines Likud official: Hazan caused great embarrassment to PM Netanyahu.
Palestinians call general strike in solidarity with security prisoners
Shops in Ramallah, Hebron, Bethlehem and east Jerusalem close in show of support for hunger-striking security prisoners jailed in Israel Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tells prisoners' families he hopes for a breakthrough within the next 48 hours.
First lady visits Jerusalem hospital known for coexistence
Melania Trump visits Hadassah Ein Kerem as guest of PM's wife Sara Netanyahu, and meets young Jewish and Arab patients Trump gives children White House backpacks filled with puzzles, games and toys Hospital dedicates a bench to both women at visit.
Israel, Egypt unaffected by Trump bid to convert military aid to loans
In effort to slash foreign spending, Trump administration proposal aims to convert some U.S. military grants to loans U.S. military assistance to partners and allies reached $13.5 billion in 2015 -- 28% of all U.S. foreign aid spending that year.
Iranian president 'hopeful' Europe won't follow Trump's lead on Iran
Hassan Rouhani slams U.S. president's criticism of Iran as a terror-sponsoring state and a threat to regional stability Rouhani says Iran welcomes cooperation with other nations on all levels to bring stability to the Middle East.
Study: Jerusalem reservoirs used by pilgrims 2,000 years ago
Gigantic ancient pools found in Old City -- more than in any other Mediterranean city -- provided water for masses making pilgrimage to the Temple, expert says University of Haifa, Harvard University launched soon-to-be-published study.