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Jonathan S. Tobin
Bibi won’t be beat in America
Israeli left-wingers want U.S. Jews to rebuff Netanyahu. But what they need to do is to win an election, not depend on Americans to fight their battles for them.
On Middle East visit, new US Secretary of State Pompeo meets with Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of Israel’s Cabinet meeting: “Today, we will welcome U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a true friend of Israel. ... I will discuss with him developments in the region, Iran’s growing aggression, and, of course, the nuclear agreement with Iran, about which there will be a decision soon.”
Israel successfully tests state-of-the-art Arrow 3 missile system
The Arrow 3 system, which joins the missile defense arsenal comprised of the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrows 1 and 2, is designed to protect Israel from short-, medium- and long-range missiles and is among the world’s highest-level multi-tiered missile defense network.
US seeks to increase aid to Israel by $200M in 2019, advance Jerusalem embassy preparations
The requested funds are the result of a $38 billion 10-year memorandum of understanding signed between Israel and the U.S. at the end of President Barack Obama’s term in office. The additional funds will provide “assistance to bolster Israel’s capacity to defend itself and maintain its qualitative military edge.”
In Knesset address, Pence declares embassy will move to Jerusalem next year
In a historic address to the Israeli Knesset on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence pledged that the U.S. would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “before the end of next year.”
Jonathan S. Tobin
What did you hear when Mike Pence spoke to the Knesset?
For those who can’t listen to anything coming out of this administration without re-interpreting it through the lens of the resistance, Pence’s moving comments about the ties between America and Israel may seem like a creepy conservative plot against liberal values. But if that’s how you heard it, the problem isn’t in Pence’s rhetoric, but in a rejection of a belief that the overwhelming majority of Americans still rightly view as a consensus issue.
Mike Pence takes a ‘victory lap’ in Israel after Jerusalem policy changes
Vice President Mike Pence is using his trip to the Middle East this week as an opportuni-ty to tout the Trump administration’s recent policy changes on Jerusalem.
Pence meets with Netanyahu, calls Jerusalem recognition ‘dawn of a new era’
Vice President Mike Pence met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his office in Jerusalem on Monday and called U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital the “dawn of a new era” in the Middle East.
Before Israel visit, Pence reassures Jordan and Egypt of US role in peace process
Ahead of a two-day trip to Israel, Vice President Mike Pence visited neighboring Jordan and Egypt in an attempt to strengthen U.S. ties with the two Arab allies, and to reassure the countries’ leaders of America’s role as a peace broker between Israelis and Palestinians.
Trump says embassy will not move to Jerusalem within one year
President Donald Trump said he does not expect the U.S. Embassy in Israel to move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem within a year, contradicting comments made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.
US ambassador to Israel sends condolences to family of rabbi killed in terror attack
U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Monday sent a letter of condolence to the family of Rabbi Raziel Shevach, who was killed Jan. 9.
Five key moments in US-Israel relations in 2017
JNS takes a look back at five key moments in U.S.-Israel relations during the past year.