Tag: Haaretz

Mike Pence’s visit to Israel postponed for a few days

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Israel has been postponed by several days so he can stay in Washington to promote the Trump administration’s tax reforms in Congress, according to Israeli reports.

The final vote on tax reform in the Senate is scheduled for Tuesday, and Pence has been intimately involved in shepherding the legislation through the Senate, according to Axios.

Pence had been scheduled to arrive in Israel on Sunday to meet with Israeli and Palestinian officials.

Under a revised but not final schedule, according to reports in the Israeli media, Pence will arrive Wednesday…

What the Israelis and Palestinians make of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Amid the global controversy over President Donald Trump’s recognition, last week, of Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, Israeli and Palestinian leaders actually found rare consensus: They agreed that the development was a win for Israel and a loss for the Palestinians.

To be sure, Trump’s concession was not a major one. Israel was always expected to get a recognized capital in Jerusalem under any Middle East peace deal, and the president did not reject Palestinian claims to have their capital in the city, too.

However, the change in two decades of American policy…

Palestinian man stabs Jerusalem security guard in the chest

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian man stabbed and seriously injured a security guard in Jerusalem at the city’s central bus station.

The apparent terror attack Sunday came as Palestinians continued to protest against the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, clashing violently with security forces.

On Saturday evening, the Palestinian man wrote on Facebook: “For Allah, we must boost Jerusalem’s status, restore religion’s glory and sanctify Al-Aqsa, and the blood will flow from us,” Ynet reported.

The man has no ties to terrorist groups and committed the attack as a “lone wolf,” according to Hebrew media reports.

The…

Palestinians burn US and Israeli flags in riots over Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Protests erupted in Jerusalem and across the Palestinian territories hours after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Demonstrators on Thursday burned tires as well as American and Israeli flags and threw rocks at Israeli security forces and Israeli cars as the Palestinian Authority called for a general strike, leaving stores shuttered and school cancelled.

Soldiers clashed with protestors in Jerusalem’s Old City, including at a demonstration at the Damascus Gate. A CNN video from the West Bank city Ramallah showed large crowds throwing stones and burning flags. In Nablus, protesters burned an effigy of President Donald Trump…

Genesis Prize co-founder denies report that award to Ruth Bader Ginsburg was ‘consolation prize’

(JTA) — The co-founder of the foundation that awards the Genesis Prize, known as the “Jewish Nobel,” denied a report that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was intended to be the award’s 2018 laureate but instead was given a lifetime achievement award as “a consolation prize.”

Stan Polovets denied the veracity of an article published Friday in Haaretz, which quoted unnamed sources saying that the $1 million award given last week to actress Natalie Portman was originally going to the Jewish Supreme Court justice.

The foundation then created a new prize, a lifetime achievement award, to give Ginsburg as “a consolation prize,” the…