Tag: Palestinians

US ambassador to Israel reportedly says evicting settlers ‘could lead to civil war’

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Evicting hundreds of thousands of Jewish settlers from the West Bank “could lead to civil war in Israel,” U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman told American Jewish leaders.

His remarks were first tweeted and reported on Israel’s Channel 10 by journalist Barak Ravid, who said he received the remarks from three participants at the meeting.

Friedman spoke Monday night during an off-the-record briefing in Jerusalem for about 100 American Jewish leaders at a meeting of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish American Organizations.

The U.S. Embassy and the Presidents Conference disputed the report.

“We have seen…

Israeli army beefs up West Bank presence following murders of two rabbis

(JTA) — The Israeli army has beefed up its presence in the West Bank following the slayings of two rabbis there in recent weeks.

Three additional battalions were deployed in the area starting Wednesday amid concerns that the deadly attacks in the area signal a new wave of terrorism, the Israel Hayom daily reported.

Itamar Ben-Gal of the Har Bracha settlement was gunned down on Feb. 5. Rabbi Raziel Shevach of the Havat Gilad settlement was killed on Jan. 9.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman criticized Haaretz on Friday after the left-wing Israeli daily published an op-ed calling…

Trump: Jerusalem declaration is high point of my time in office

(JTA) – President Donald Trump told an Israeli newspaper that his Dec. 6 declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was the high point of his time in office.

In the Hebrew-language translation of an excerpt from Trump’s interview with Israel Hayom editor-in-chief Boaz Bismuth, Trump said that both Israel and the Palestinians would need to compromise significantly to achieve peace. Trump was replying to a question on whether Israel would have to give something in return for the declaration.

Calling the city “your wonderful capital,” he added that its recognition as Israel’s capital was very important for many people whom Trump…

The Palestinian Authority is wiretapping people with the CIA’s help, leaked document charges

(JTA) — A leaked document alleges that the Palestinian Authority has been wiretapping its residents with the backing of the CIA.

The document was shared on the messaging service WhatsApp by an anonymous employee of the Palestinian wiretapping agency last month, according to The Associated Press. It says the agency was set up jointly by three Palestinian security services and contains transcripts of recorded phone conversations.

The wiretapping allegedly targeted thousands of Palestinians, from the heads of militant groups to judges, lawyers and allies of P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas, according to AP.

Now two of the people allegedly wiretapped are…

Security in place for Pence arrival in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Thousands of police officers and security personnel have been deployed across Jerusalem ahead of the visit by Vice President Mike Pence.

Security measures went into effect on Sunday afternoon, ahead of the vice president’s scheduled Sunday evening arrival at Ben Gurion International airport.

The heightened security and the closure of some roads in the city will remain in effect until Pence leaves on Tuesday, according to reports.