In a move that has sent shockwaves throughout Egypt, the Coptic Pope, Tawadros II, travelled to Jerusalem Thursday at the head of a distinguished delegation of bishops from the Coptic Church. The short flight from Cairo to Tel Aviv can be measured in minutes; the psychological distance stretches back decades.Read more
The recent spike in suicidal terror attacks in Israel by mostly teenage Palestinian Arabs was allegedly sparked by the fire bombing of an Arab house near Jerusalem, and the death of an Arab infant and his parents. Because that horrific arson followed several non-lethal attacks by Jewish fanatics seeking “revenge” for regular fatal attacks by Palestinians, it was assumed that Jews perpetrated the atrocity (though no proof is available).Read more
According to the New York Times, rocks now throw themselves. Or at least that’s what The Scrapbook was forced to conclude upon reading the paper’s curious headline: “Jewish Man Dies as Rocks Pelt His Car in West Bank.” The Times eventually “corrected” this headline, but only after it appeared in print. It now reads “Jewish Man Dies as Rocks Pelt His Car in East Jerusalem.” So the Times obviously gave this some thought.Read more
Ted Cruz released this statement in favor of moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to that nation's capital, Jerusalem:Read more
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Lee Smith on the Jerusalem Synagogue attack.Read more
On Friday Colin Kahl was named Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser and deputy assistant to the president. Kahl previously served in the Obama administration as deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East between 2009-2011, but is probably best known for his work outside of government—in particular, for advocating containment of a nuclear Iran, and for his part in trying to remove the recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel from the 2012 Democratic platform.Read more
The IDF says a rocket, fired from Gaza, has hit Jerusalem. "Confirmed: A rocket fired from Gaza hit Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city," tweets the IDF.
Confirmed: A rocket fired from Gaza hit Jerusalem, Israel’s capital city— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) July 8, 2014
There's more rocket fire hitting Israel:Read more
President Obama sent a memorandum to Secretary of State John Kerry to direct him not to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to the capital city Jerusalem. Despite U.S. law, the embassy is currently in Tel Aviv, though there's an American consulate in Jerusalem.
As Barack Obama has done throughout his presidency, and as previous presidents did before him, here's the memo sent today to John Kerry:
MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE
SUBJECT: Suspension of Limitations under the Jerusalem Embassy ActRead more
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Cairo, the State Department announced. Here's the announcement:
Secretary Clinton will depart today on travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Cairo, leaving from the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She will meet with regional leaders, starting with our Israeli partners, to consult on the situation in Gaza.Read more
The State Department today again refused to name the capital of Israel, even after being questioned by the press and even after the Democratic party (President Obama's party) voted yesterday to add language to its platform stating that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
Here's the remarkable exchange from today's press briefing, with reporters and press secretary Patrick Ventrell:Read more
Rabbi David Wolpe offered the benediction last night at the Democratic convention and made sure to emphasize that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. "[Y]Read more
An Obama campaign official confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD that President Obama “personally” intervened to alter the Democratic platform to include a reference to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The new platform, adopted this evening at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, now includes pro-Israel language that the previous document did not.Read more
Democratic party heads rammed through the revised platform, which includes updated pro-Israel language and the mention of God, against the clear wishes of those voting at the convention in Charlotte. Here's video of the chaos:
The vote to adopt the new platform requires two-thirds. It's pretty clear that even after asking for multiple votes, two-thirds of the vote was not received. The revised platform was adopted anyway.Read more
Senator Chuck Schumer does not know President Obama's position on Jerusalem:
Schumer is asked about Obama's position after Democrats removed this pro-Israel language from this year's party platform: "Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths."Read more
DNC on Removing Pro-Israel Language from Platform: 'Following What the Obama Administration's Policy Is'
CNN reports on the reason this year's Democratic platform is stripped of certain pro-Israel language: The Democratic National Committee is "simply following what the Obama administration's policy is. That the White House said several months ago that the status of Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved in the final status negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians and that is why that is not in the platform as it was in 2008."Read more
A new television released today by Mitt Romney's campaign promises that "Read more
The Emergency Committee for Israel has released its latest ad, anchored by this line: "Next year ... President Mitt Romney in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel." Watch here:
"What's the capital of Israel?," ECI asks in a press release accompanying the ad. "President Obama once knew. In 2008 he declared that 'Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided.'"
The release continues:Read more
Mitt Romney today strongly defended Israel’s right to act against the threat of an Iranian nuclear attack. And, while avoiding direct criticism of President Obama, he found a way to disagree with Obama’s approach to dealing with Israel.
The disagreement was subtle but clear. In a meeting with Jewish leaders in 2009, the president insisted the United States would have more influence with Arab countries in the Middle East if he put some “daylight,” at least diplomatically, between the United States and Israel.Read more
THE WEEKLY STANDARD has been able to confirm reports that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to be in Israel on Sunday, July 29. That day coincides on the Jewish calendar with the observance of the ninth day of the month of Av—Tisha B’Av, the fast day that commemorates the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem.Read more
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