• Israel Jun 14, 2020

    Israel OKs Plan for New Golan Settlement Named After Trump

    An Israeli cabinet minister says the government has approved plans to build a new settlement in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights named after President Donald Trump

  • Donald Trump Sep 28, 2019

    Syria Demands Withdrawal of All American, Turkish Forces

    Syria’s top diplomat on Saturday demanded the immediate withdrawal of American and Turkish forces from the country and said his government reserves the right to defend its territory in any way necessary if they remain. Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem’s remarks to the United Nations General Assembly were made as Turkey and the United States press ahead with a deal to...

  • Donald Trump Sep 15, 2019

    Embattled Israeli PM Fights for Survival in Do-Over Election

    A visibly frantic Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in the fight of his political life as the country heads to national elections for the second time this year. With Netanyahu locked in a razor tight race and facing the likelihood of criminal corruption charges, a decisive victory in Tuesday’s vote may be the only thing to keep him out of...

  • Donald Trump Aug 21, 2019

    As Trump Questions Loyalty of US Jews, Israeli PM Is Quiet

    Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday steered clear of Donald Trump’s comments questioning the loyalty of American Jews who support the Democratic Party, in sharp contrast to the tide of condemnation from Jewish critics who accused him of trafficking in anti-Semitic stereotypes. Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to keep quiet on the controversy reflected the importance of his close alliance with Trump —...

  • Donald Trump Aug 16, 2019

    Trump Uses Israel to Fuel Partisan Fires: Analysis

    President Donald Trump’s encouragement and support of Israel’s decision to ban two Democratic lawmakers may play well to his political base, but it could endanger the foundations of the U.S.-Israel relationship in the longer term. The move on Thursday to bar Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from Israel fueled a partisan fire over the Jewish...

  • Donald Trump Jun 16, 2019

    Israel Moves to Name Golan Settlement After Trump

    The Trump name graces apartment towers, hotels and golf courses. Now it is the namesake of a tiny Israeli settlement in the Israel-controlled Golan Heights. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet convened in this hamlet Sunday to inaugurate a new settlement named after President Donald Trump in a gesture of appreciation for the U.S. leader’s recognition of Israeli sovereignty over...

  • Donald Trump May 14, 2019

    Trump's Election Boosted Israeli Settlement Construction

    Israel’s government went on a spending binge in its West Bank settlements following the election of President Donald Trump, according to official data obtained by The Associated Press. Both supporters and detractors of the settlement movement have previously referred to a “Trump effect,” claiming the president’s friendlier approach to the settlements is leading to additional West Bank construction. While the...

  • Donald Trump Apr 7, 2019

    As Israelis Head to the Polls, It's All About Netanyahu

    Israel’s election campaign has been a three-month roller coaster of mudslinging, scandals and more scandals. But when voters head to the polls on Tuesday, one name will be predominantly on their minds: Benjamin Netanyahu. At its core, the vote boils down to a referendum on Netanyahu, the man who has dominated Israeli politics for the better part of three decades....

  • Donald Trump Apr 7, 2019

    Netanyahu Vows to Annex West Bank Settlements If Re-Elected

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Saturday to annex Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank if re-elected, a dramatic policy shift apparently aimed at rallying his nationalist base in the final stretch of the tight race. Netanyahu has promoted Jewish settlement expansion in his four terms as prime minister, but until now refrained from presenting a detailed vision for...

  • Donald Trump Apr 7, 2019

    Trump: Democrats Would ‘Leave Israel Out There'

    President Donald Trump warned on Saturday that a Democratic victory in 2020 could “leave Israel out there,” as he highlighted his pro-Israel actions in an effort to make the case for Jewish voters to back his re-election. Speaking at the annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Trump touted his precedent-shredding actions to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from...

  • Donald Trump Mar 22, 2019

    Trump's Golan Statement Draws Strong Regional Condemnation

    From Syria to Turkey and beyond, President Donald Trump’s abrupt declaration that Washington will recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights drew strong condemnation on Friday. The Syrian government called it “irresponsible” and a threat to international peace and stability, while Iran’s foreign ministry said it plunges the region into a new crisis. The Foreign Ministry in Damascus said...

  • Donald Trump Mar 22, 2019

    Multiple 2020 Democrats Say They Won't Attend AIPAC Summit

    Multiple Democratic presidential candidates said Thursday that they won’t attend the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference in Washington next week. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, are among the 2020 contenders who have decided not...

  • Donald Trump Mar 21, 2019

    US Abruptly Endorses Israel's Golan Sovereignty in Big Shift

    President Donald Trump abruptly declared Thursday the U.S. will recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a major shift in American policy that gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political boost a month before what is expected to be a close election. The administration has been considering recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the strategic highlands, which Israel captured from...

  • Israel Jan 21, 2019

    Israel Says it Hit Iranian Military Sites in Syria; 11 Dead

    Israel on Monday claimed responsibility for a series of airstrikes on Iranian military targets in Syria, drifting further away from its longstanding policy of playing down or covering up its military activities in the war-torn country. For years, Israel has remained largely silent about its attacks against Iran and its Shiite proxies operating in neighboring Syria. But in recent weeks,...

  • Israel Sep 30, 2018

    Syria FM: Victory Over ‘Terrorism' Is Near, US Must Leave

    Declaring that victory over “terrorism” is almost at hand after more than seven years of civil war, Syria’s foreign minister took to the world stage Saturday and demanded that “occupation” forces from the U.S., France and Turkey leave the country immediately. Walid al-Moallem told the General Assembly’s high-level meeting that the situation on the ground “is more stable and secure...

  • Canada Jul 25, 2018

    Hundreds of Syrian ‘White Helmets' Still Trapped After Evacuation

    White Helmets volunteers trapped in southern Syria after the government seized areas they operated in said Wednesday they live in fear of being caught in the dragnet of the government, which considers them one of its staunchest enemies, and are desperately seeking a way out. Hundreds of the volunteer rescue workers — who have toiled in conflict-ravaged opposition areas for...

  • Donald Trump Jul 24, 2018

    Trapped Syrian Rescuers Embark on Nail-Biting Trip From War-Torn Syria

    The call came on Saturday night. In the raging war zone that is southwestern Syria, with enemy forces on the march, the 98 White Helmets volunteers brought their spouses, children and a personal bag each. A total of 421 people massed at two collection points where they were to make their crossing to safety. By the time they crossed, they...

  • Canada Jul 23, 2018

    Israel Evacuates Volunteer Group ‘White Helmets' From Syria

    The Israeli military in coordination with its U.S. and European allies evacuated hundreds of Syrian rescue workers known as the White Helmets from near its volatile frontier with Syria, in a complex and first-of-a-kind operation. The evacuees, who were hemmed in from one side by advancing hostile Syrian troops and from another by militants affiliated with the Islamic State group,...

  • Donald Trump Jul 20, 2018

    US, Allies Set to Evacuate Syrian Aid Workers From Southwest

    U.S. officials say the United States is finalizing plans to evacuate several hundred Syrian civil defense workers and their families from southwest Syria as Russian-backed government forces close in on the area. Two officials familiar with the plans said Thursday that the U.S., Britain and Canada are spearheading the evacuation that would transport members of the White Helmets group to...

  • Donald Trump Jul 16, 2018

    Syrian Government Targets Rebels Near Israel-Occupied Golan

    Syrian government forces unleashed hundreds of missiles on a rebel-held area near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, activists said, the latest phase in an offensive to clear southern Syria of insurgents. The government’s push came after it had secured control of most of Daraa province in an offensive that began in June. On Sunday, the first batch of armed...

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