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  • ISraeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon speaks at the UNGA. (photo credit: Courtesy)

    NEW YORK - Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon demanded that the Palestinian Authority put an immediate end to its “despicable pay to slay” policy in the wake of terror attack on Friday that left two Israeli soldiers dead and two others injured.  

    The Israeli envoy also said it was imperative that the world join him in condemning the attack which occurred in the West Bank settlement of Mevo Dotan after a suspected Palestinian terrorist used a car to ram into a group of IDF soldiers.

    "As long as the Palestinian Authority continues to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to terrorists who kill Israelis, we will continue to see such heinous attacks,” said Dannon.   

  • Image: Gage Skidmore / Flickr

    Top advocates have spent much of President Donald Trump’s time in office waiting for his administration’s international religious freedom efforts to fall into place

    With today’s firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, they’re left once again wondering exactly how the administration will approach the issue as part of a broader strategy for foreign affairs.

    The President announced this morning that Tillerson, who ran the State Department since February 2017, would be replaced by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director Mike Pompeo.

    The news of the leadership transition came just over a month after Sam Brownback was finally confirmed as ambassador-at-large to head the department’s Office of International Religious Freedom (IRF), after several months of delay.

  • Hezbollah fighters put Lebanese and Hezbollah flags at Juroud Arsal, Syria-Lebanon border, July 25, 2017. (photo credit: REUTERS/MOHAMED AZAKIR)

    BEIRUT - Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah does not expect its arch foe Israel to launch a war for now in Lebanon but is prepared for one, the deputy leader of the Iran-backed Shi'ite group told Reuters in an interview on Thursday.

    As the war in Syria enters its eighth year, Sheikh Naim Qassem also said there was no end in sight to the conflict which would go on for at least two more years, and President Bashar Assad could not be forced out of an eventual settlement.

    "There is no solution in Syria under the title of 'excluding President Assad.' On the contrary, the solution in Syria is with President Assad, and he is the mandatory channel for the solution," Qassem said.

  • Military personnel in College Street Car Park in Salisbury, Sunday March 11, 2018, as police and members of the armed forces probe the suspected nerve agent attack on Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, which took place on March 4. (Andrew Matthews/PA via AP)

    LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) — The leaders of the United States, France and Germany joined Britain on Thursday in blaming Russia for poisoning a former spy with a powerful nerve agent, calling the attack “the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War.”

    In a rare joint statement, US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May said “there is no plausible alternative explanation” to Russian responsibility.

    They said Russia’s failure to respond to Britain’s “legitimate request” for an explanation “further underlines its responsibility.”

    The leaders said the use of a chemical weapon is “an assault on UK sovereignty” and “a breach of international law.”

  • Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman seen talking to CBS News, March 15, 2018. (Screenshot)

    Saudi Arabia’s crown prince warned in a US television interview on Thursday that if Tehran got a nuclear weapon, his country would follow suit.

    “Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible,” Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in an excerpt of the interview that aired Thursday on “CBS This Morning.”

    In the excerpt, the prince said in Arabic that Iran is “far from being equal to Saudi Arabia,” with its smaller army and economy.

    But, he added, Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is like Adolf Hitler “because he wants to expand. He wants to create his own project in the Middle East very much like Hitler who wanted to expand at the time.

  • Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo arrives for a closed briefing before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S. May 16, 2017. . (photo credit: REUTERS/AARON P. BERNSTEIN)

    CIA Director Mike Pompeo, US President Donald Trump’s candidate to replace ousted Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, is a huge opponent of the Iranian nuclear deal and someone with a very positive attitude toward Israel, according to officials in Jerusalem.

    Deputy Minister Michael Oren, a former ambassador to the US who met Pompeo when he was a congressman representing Kansas, said the presumptive secretary of state “is very positively disposed toward us.”

    Oren, a historian who has written two books on US-Israel relations, said there are two kinds of secretaries of state, those who conform to the institutionalized outlook of the State Department, and those who “say to the institution, ‘I’m sorry, I have my ideas, and you have to conform to my ideas.’”

  • US President Donald Trump returns to the White House. (photo credit: KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

    WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials worked the phones for weeks to bring Israeli and Arab diplomats around the same table at the White House, and finally succeeded in doing so for the first time on Tuesday.

    Senior administration officials said several parties to the US conference, which focused on the dire and pressing humanitarian plight facing Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, had expressed that "they could not be in the same room as each other."

    And yet, "we had discussions with them, and everybody realized the importance of being in the room," one senior official told The Jerusalem Post after the six-hour conference, held in the gilded Indian Treaty Room of the executive office building.

  • President Trump on Tuesday unceremoniously fired his embattled top diplomat Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and said he would replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

    The president announced his ousting of Tillerson on Twitter. Tillerson was unaware of the reason for being fired when Trump went public with the news, a State Department spokesman said.

    “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State,” the president tweeted. “He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!”

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