Jerusalem Articles

The Coptic Pope goes to Jerusalem

12:16 PM, Nov 27, 2015

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.

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On That ‘Sudden’ Eruption in Palestinian Violence

10:33 AM, Oct 30, 2015

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).

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Mysterious Headline Appears in Paper

Sep 28, 2015

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.

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Cruz: Move America's Embassy to Israel's Capital, Jerusalem

4:54 PM, Jan 13, 2015

Ted Cruz released this statement in favor of moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to that nation's capital, Jerusalem:

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Podcast: Attack Could Be Step Toward Another Intifada

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:00 PM, Nov 18, 2014

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Lee Smith on the Jerusalem Synagogue attack.

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Biden's New National Security Adviser Removed Jerusalem from Dem Platform

11:01 AM, Sep 28, 2014

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.

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Rocket Hits Jerusalem

2:56 PM, Jul 08, 2014

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:

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Obama Directs Kerry Not to Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

3:43 PM, Dec 03, 2013

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:


SUBJECT: Suspension of Limitations under the Jerusalem Embassy Act 

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Podcast: Elliott Abrams on Obama's Middle East Trip

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:45 PM, Mar 22, 2013

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Elliott Abrams on the president's Middle East trip and his piece "Obama in Jerusalem." Hosted by Michael Graham.

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Brennan to Be Named CIA Director

Called Jerusalem "al Quds."
10:21 PM, Jan 06, 2013

Fox News reports that John Brennan is expected to be named the new CIA director, possibly as early as tomorrow:

President Obama is expected to nominate White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan for CIA director as early as Monday, Capitol Hill sources tell Fox News.

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The West Fights Back

ADVANCE COPY from the December 3, 2012 issue.
12:00 AM, Nov 22, 2012

There are some facts so obvious that only a liberal could deny them. One of them is that, from Benghazi to Be’er Sheva, the West is under attack.

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Bus Bombed in Tel Aviv

7:13 AM, Nov 21, 2012

The Jerusalem Post reports:

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Hillary Clinton to Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Cairo

8:08 AM, Nov 20, 2012

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.

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Abbas’s Tired, Old U.N. Rhetoric

11:20 AM, Sep 28, 2012

On September 27, the chairman of the PLO, Mahmoud Abbas (who is also president of the Palestinian Authority and chairman of the Fatah Party) spoke to the U.N. General Assembly.

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State Dept. Again Refuses to Name Capital of Israel!

5:52 PM, Sep 06, 2012

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:  

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Democrats Have Trouble Saying the Capital of Israel

10:40 AM, Sep 06, 2012

Elliott Abrams, writing in the Wall Street Journal

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Rabbi Calls Jerusalem 'Capital,' Mentions 'God' in DNC Benediction

9:16 AM, Sep 06, 2012

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]ou have taught us that we must count on one another; that our country is strong through community, and that the children of Israel on the way to that sanctified and cherished land, and ultimately to that golden and capital city of Jerusalem, that those children of Israel did not walk through the wilderness alone," said Wolpe.

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Dem. Platform Now at Odds With Obama's Israel Policy

8:39 PM, Sep 05, 2012

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.

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Dem. Party Heads Ram Through Pro-Israel and 'God' Language, Steam Roll Opposition

4:19 PM, Sep 05, 2012

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.

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Schumer Doesn't Know Obama's Position on Jerusalem

7:23 AM, Sep 05, 2012

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."

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DNC on Removing Pro-Israel Language from Platform: 'Following What the Obama Administration's Policy Is'

5:00 PM, Sep 04, 2012

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."

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Dems. Remove Pro-Israel Language from Party Platform

10:26 AM, Sep 04, 2012

In the 2008 Democratic party platform, there was this language on Jerusalem, Israel:

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Ad: 'Romney Will Be a Different Kind of President—a Strong Leader Who Stands By Our Allies'

10:49 AM, Aug 05, 2012

A new television advertisement released today by Mitt Romney's campaign promises that "Romney will be a different kind of president—a strong leader who stands by our allies." 

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'Next Year ... President Mitt Romney in Jerusalem, the Capital of Israel'

9:24 AM, Aug 02, 2012

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:

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What Romney Accomplished in Israel

11:30 AM, Jul 30, 2012

Last Monday, two days before Mitt Romney departed for London, Israel, and Poland, the Obama campaign held a conference call with reporters in order to frame their opponent’s trip.

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Romney in the Holy Land

2:45 PM, Jul 29, 2012

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.

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Mitt Romney: Tisha B'Av in Jerusalem

12:15 PM, Jul 13, 2012

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.

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Netanyahu: ‘We Will Continue to Build Jerusalem’

6:37 AM, May 23, 2012

The other day, on Jerusalem Day, the 45th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered the following remarks: 

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