What We're Watching
While the world awaits the grand unveiling of the the Trump administration’s plan to broker the ultimate deal, Netanyahu has alarmingly ramped up Israeli settlement activity and the displacement of Palestinians in East Jerusalem. A panel of experts, including Jerusalem expert Danny Seidemann, discuss the Netanyahu-Trump era’s impact on the future of Jerusalem and its residents.
According to diplomatic sources, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said not long ago that he is busy “wrapping up” last-minute details of the initiative before its launched. It would be a matter of a few weeks, he said. Meanwhile, several weeks have passed and the initiative is still under wraps.
Washington is demanding Palestinians with American citizenship be allowed to fly out of Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, as a precondition for being admitted into the US visa waiver program, Hadashot news (formerly Channel 2) reported Monday.
From ex-Trump aides to conspiracy theorists, figures like the man behind ‘Pizzagate’ and Jewish provocateur Laura Loomer have found a home at the Zionist Organization of America.
The Trump administration’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt lobbied Congressional offices to add new exemptions to the Taylor Force Act, a senior Republican Senate aide and second Congressional staffer told Jewish Insider.
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) authored a letter signed by 11 House Democrats urging Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to pressure the Israeli government and prevent the demolition of Palestinian villages Susiya and Khan al-Ahmar.
Washington’s Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt warned Monday that the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s threat of attack against Israel was “very dangerous” and harmful to the people of the Gaza Strip.
“The Israeli government’s use of JNF as a surrogate money pot for political purposes opens the door to corruption and improper use of the Jewish people’s money,” writes Sami Peretz.
So far this year, the IDF has demolished 349 structures, displacing 542 people and 302 children. Israeli human rights NGO B’Tselem warned in August that the expulsions would constitute a war crime.
Bentzi Gopstein is head of extremist group Lehava who gained notoriety for using threat of violence against Arab men they suspected of having relations with Jewish women.
Israel announced it would not allow seven European officials to visit because of what it said were their efforts to promote boycotts of the country.
Palestinian officials have rejected a report by an Israeli news outlet that said Saudi Arabia ordered Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to accept a US peace initiative or resign.
Israel has agreed to suspend on Jan. 1 the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM), a deal Palestinian contractors say has put many of them out of business and cost the Contractors Union millions of dollars a month, according to a representative of the new consensus government.
A prominent settler leader on Tuesday cited the Labor party leader’s recent pledge to hold on to all settlements in a future peace deal as proof of his movement’s growing dominance and consensus appeal.