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Netanyahu: Trump added $75 million in defense aid to Israel

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Trump added $75 million in defense aid to Israel.Washington announced a $110-billion US sale of ships, tanks and the latest anti-missile systems to Saudi Arabia on Saturday as Trump began a two-day visit to the Gulf state before travelling on to Israel.Trump added package for the missile defense program. According to Lieberman the weapons deals in the Middle East just in 2016 reached $215-216 billion and this is no small sum.The White House said that in talks with Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday, “President Trump underscored the United States’ ironclad commitment to Israel’s security, including to the maintenance of Israel’s qualitative military edge”. The thrust of the deal with Riyadh aims to help the Saudi military bolster its defenses to deter bitter rival Iran and its missile program, which Netanyahu has said potentially poses an existential threat to the Jewish state.

 

Trump must move awayfrom Obama's ideals

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Jerusalem Affairs and Environmental Protection Minister Ze’ev Elkin spoke in an interview with Arutz Sheva about US President Donald Trump’s attempts to restart peace negotiations during his visit to Israel this week. according to Elkin also said that Trump had changed the attitude of the White House towards Iran from what it had been during the Obama years. Where Obama sought to portray Iran as a moderate country which the US should improve its relationship with – even when its allies were opposed to the concessions the Obama Administration made to Iran – Trump spoke forcefully against Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and its exporting of terrorism and violence throughout the region during his visit to Israel.However, Elkin said that Trump still clung to two mistaken assumptions from the Obama Administration. The first was that solving the Arab-Israeli conflict through a peace deal with the PA was essential to solving all other conflicts in the Middle East. Elkin said that anyone who looks at the situation in Syria can clearly see that the Arab-Israeli conflict has nothing to do with the carnage which has claimed approximately half a million lives and created millions of refugees.Trump’s second mistaken assumption,according to Elkin, is that the President has gone along with Abbas’ facade of moderation, including Abbas’ need to be treated with honor as a Middle Eastern leader. “We need to accustom the world to the fact that we, too, are a Middle Eastern country whose honor is also important to it”, he said. Finally, he said that in his opinion Trump can move the amassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

President Trump arrives in Israel

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President Trump’s arrival, joining US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer, Israeli ministers, and IDF top brass set to greet the president.Air Force One touched down in Israel Monday afternoon, marking the second leg of President Trump’s five-state trip; his first trip abroad as president. trump called Nethanyau “his old friend”. Nethanyau, when Trump was arrived he said that “welcome my friend”. Nethanyau also said “Your visit is a symbol of the unbreakable bond between Israel and America. You are the president of Israel greatest, most important ally. You are true friends of Israel and the Jewish people.“Mr. President, the world needs a strong United States. The Middle East needs a strong United States. Israel needs a strong United States. And may I say, the United States needs a strong Israel”. In the evening Nethanyau host Trump and his wife at a state dinner in the Prime Minister’s residence.

US President Donald Trump touches down in Israel on Monday, and nobody knows what’s going to happen.

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US President Donald Trump touches down in Israel on Monday, and nobody knows what’s going to happen. Sure, every step of the way has been choreographed and coordinated between the Trump team and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office. Every word, every photo  and every stop on the way has been vetted, dissected and analyzed to prevent any improper interpretation or misplaced symbolism from occurring. Nobody knows what’s going to happen – he’s a loose cannon entering a volatile minefield. So when you combine the inclination to utter off-script statements with a less-than-average knowledge of the facts at hand, you’ve got the perfect recipe for any number of cringe-worthy moments during Trump’s appearances in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. From Israel’s point of view, the best thing to do would be to stay out of the line of fire as much as possible, while walking the tightrope between giving the necessary honor to the office of the presidency and at the same time not fawning over the strangest president in American history. The only thing we know about Trump’s policy regarding Israel is that it could change at any time. Trump may be no better or worse than any of his modern-day predecessors, except that due to the alarming lack of stability emanating from his fickle presidency, he’s a liability for Israel.

Hamas: Killers of top commander admit to working with Israel

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The March 24 killing of Mazen Faqha, a senior member of Hamas’ military wing, stunned the movement, which has prided itself on restoring security since wresting control of the Gaza Strip from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas a decade ago.Faqha was shot several times in the upper torso. His body was found in his car in the garage under his Gaza City apartment building. Hamas accused Israel of killing him by recruiting local collaborators, and launched a manhunt.On Tuesday, Hamas announced it had arrested 45 alleged collaborators with Israel, including three purportedly involved in killing Faqha. It was the largest such sweep since the 2007 Gaza takeover.A Hamas official said the man had been kicked out of Hamas for “moral crimes” four years ago and had joined an al-Qaida-inspired group known as the Army of Islam. The official spoke on condition of anonymity. At a press conference, Hamas released a 14-minute video showing the suspects apparently confessing to the assassination and saying they carried out the killing on the orders of Israel’s Shin Bet security agency. The video shows the three suspects at the scene of the killing, walking around the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood in Gaza, being interviewed, revealing personal details, and admitting their involvement in the killing.

Trump's upcoming visit to Israel 'truly historic,' U.S. national security adviser says

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Trump will be in Israel for a total of 26 hours, during which he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, as well as visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem, and Masada, a Roman-era fortress in the Judean Desert.Trump is expected to give a speech while at Masada, described by his aides as “warm and sympathetic toward Israel and the Jewish nation, whose people never yield”. U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told a White House briefing Friday that in Israel, Trump would “reaffirm America’s unshakable bond to the Jewish state”, and in his meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, Trump “will express his desire for dignity and self-determination for the Palestinians. McMaster reportedly described the trip as “truly historic”, as “no president has ever visited the homelands and holy sites of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths all on one trip”. Asked whether Trump would bring Netanyahu and Abbas together in the same room during the visit, McMaster said that would be up to the prime minister and Palestinian president.

 

Hamas elects new political chief, fears Israeli assassination

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The Hamas terrorist organization on Saturday named former Gaza prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, as the group’s new political chief. Haniyeh succeeds Hamas’ longtime leader Khaled Mashaal, who is based in Qatar, and the move comes shortly after the group unveiled a new, seemingly more pragmatic political program, which Israel swiftly dismissed as an “attempt to fool the world”. Haniyeh’s appointment marks the final phase of the secretive Hamas elections.To serve in his new capacity, however, Haniyeh will apparently be required to leave the coastal enclave and move to Qatar. Haniyeh was supposed to have departed for the Qatari capital of Doha on Saturday for his swearing-in ceremony, but was forced to remain in Gaza after Egypt closed down the Rafah border crossing until further notice.Hamas officials expressed concern that if Haniyeh continues to reside in Gaza in his new capacity, he would be targeted by Israel for assassination and therefore, in their view, it was imperative that he leave the area as soon as possible.Gaza-based political analyst Hani Habib said he did not foresee a big paradigm shift in internal Palestinian politics under the new leadership.

Jordanians stage protest in support of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli

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Nearly 500 Jordanians took to the streets of Amman on Friday to express their solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, whose hunger strikes entered the 20th day.Protesters said they supported the prisoners’ requests for reforms in Israeli jails where they are being held. Palestinians said that the open-ended hunger strike was a protest against poor conditions and an Israeli policy of detention without trial that has been applied against thousands since the 1980s. Israel said the move by the prisoners, many of whom were convicted of attacks or planning attacks against Israel, was politically motivated.

Egypt opens Rafah border crossing with Gaza for three days

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Egyptian authorities on Saturday open Rafah border with the Israel-blockaded Gaza Strip for three days to allow stranded Palestinians to return home. During three days, border will be open in one sense, from Egypt to Palestine. It will be the first opening of the border since 55 days, told an Interior minister source. This border is an important strategic point for Palestinian population, indeed, it’s the own border with the rest of the world without Israel control.

Trump announces first official foreign trip to include Israel.

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U.S. President Donald Trump has officially announced he will visit Israel as part of his first foreign trip since his inauguration in January.U.S. press secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement saying, “The leaders will discuss a range of regional issues, including the need to counter the threats posed by Iran and its proxies, and by ISIS and other terrorist groups. They will also discuss ways to advance a genuine and lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians”. Officials said Trump would meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, but declined to say where, and said dates and other details would be provided later. Trump’s visit will come ahead of Israel’s Jerusalem Day celebrations on May 24.A presidential waiver suspending the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is set to expire on June 1. Trump must decide by then whether to fulfill his campaign promise to relocate the embassy, thereby officially recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, or follow in the footsteps of his predecessors and renew the waiver. Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, had a testy relationship with both Israel and Saudi Arabia, whose leaders viewed him as being concerned less with traditional alliances than with negotiating a diplomatic agreement with Iran, which both Israel and Saudi Arabia view as an enemy. Trump’s foreign visit appears to be aimed at reinvigorating traditional alliances in the region.

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