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Bahrain to Allow Flights Between Israel and the UAE to Enter Its Airspace

Another Gulf state takes a step in ties with Israel; This follows a similar move by Saudi Arabia to allow Israeli flights in their airspace.

U.S. General: War with Israel Would Be ‘Great Mistake’ for Hezbollah

Attacking Israel would be a “great mistake” for Hezbollah, US general touring the region said, adding it wouldn't end well for the Iran-backed terror group

Missouri Joins 31 Other States in Passing Anti-BDS Legislation

Missouri joins Nevada, Minnesota and Alabama, among others, in passing legislation preventing the state from contracting with companies that boycott Israel.

Letter from Republican lawmakers voices firm support for sovereignty bid

Republican lawmakers released statement of support for Netanyahu's plans to apply Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley, settlements in Judea & Samaria.

Pompeo: The US Will Always Support Israel’s Right to Defend Itself

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at 2020 AJC Global Forum, condemns anti-Semitism and Palestinian Authority incitement.

Top US diplomat: Only An Israeli Decision Would Delay Annexation

A top official in Trump’s admin said Monday that US will not hold back Israel’s annexation plans as it is a decision to be made “[only] by Israeli leaders.”

Hungary, Austria Stand Against Rest of EU Blasting Israel

Hungary & Austria, the sole EU states opposing criticism of Israel by High Rep. for Foreign Affairs, warned against having a double standard against Israel.

Israeli & US F-35 Pilots Conduct ‘Enduring Lightning’ Over Southern Israel

Despite the global pandemic of COVID-19, F-35 pilots from Israel and the United States conducted a training exercise known as ‘Enduring Lightning’

Pompeo ‘Outraged’: UN Blacklist Shows its ‘Unrelenting Anti-Israeli Bias’

Pompeo slams UN Human Rights council Thursday for releasing list of companies operating in Israeli settlements; Pompeo said he is "outraged" by the decision

Matteo Salvini Vows to Move Italy’s Embassy to Jerusalem if Elected Prime Minister

Conservative Italian frontrunner Matteo Salvini vows to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel if he is elected; This would be accomplished by moving Italy’s embassy to Jerusalem; Salvini: Italy was too slow in adopting this international definition.

From Foes to Friends: Israel to Begin Flowing Gas to Egypt & Jordan

Israel’s ‘Leviathan’ begins production; Multibillion-dollar oil exports to Egypt & Jordan are expected in the coming weeks; Abu: Israel is now an energy powerhouse, able to supply all its energy needs and gaining energy independence.

Dutch lawmaker calls Netherlands to Expel ICC Prosecutor, calling them an Anti-Semitic Kangaroo Court

“The International Criminal Court has no authority at all here and behaves as a biased pro-Palestinian institution and an antisemitic kangaroo court,” Wilders tweeted on Thursday.

Pompeo says US ‘firmly opposes’ ICC announcement on alleged Israeli war crimes, says it unfairly targets Israel

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Saturday that the United States did not believe Palestinians qualified as a sovereign state, meaning that the recent ICC decision to open an investigation into alleged Israeli war crimes against them is unfounded.

Pompeo Rebukes Democrats’ Settlement Fixation, Calls their Arguments ‘Foolish’

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that he supports Pompeo's letter, adding that the US has restored its historic and appropriate role in mediating the conflict.

Jan Markell Skeptical of Trumps Executive Order Targeting College Anti-Semitism; ‘Our Sinful Nature is the Problem’

A Messianic Jewish leader is skeptical that the executive order signed on Wednesday by President Donald Trump targeting anti-Semitism on college campuses will have much of an impact on curbing the problem.

Brazil will move embassy to Jerusalem, president’s son says

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will move his country’s embassy to Jerusalem in 2020, his son, MP Eduardo Bolsonaro, said on Sunday at the opening of a Brazilian trade mission in the capital.

Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting Anti-Semitism, Boycotts Against Israel on College Campuses

President Trump is threatening to cut federal funds to college campuses that don't curb anti-Semitism against Jewish students, with an executive order set to be signed later Wednesday, according to a senior administration official.

Guatemalan President-elect: World must recognize Jerusalem

Guatemalan President-elect Alejandro Giammatte was honored at a ceremony at the Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem Tuesday.

Nikki Haley: Canada made a ‘deal with the devil’

Former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley condemned Canada for voting in favor of an anti-Israel General Assembly resolution claiming that in their actions the government made a "deal with the devil."

Czech Republic & Israel Sign Defense Deal Worth $125 Million

Israel & the Czech Republic have signed a military deal reported to be worth $125 million; The deal has a heavy emphasis on air-defense systems; Both countries will have a part in the production of these systems; Representative: Today, Israel and the Czech Republic are closing a historic circle.

Netanyahu, Pompeo push forward with US-Israel defense pact

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made progress on a defense pact between their countries in their meeting in Lisbon this week, Netanyahu said on Thursday.

Netanyahu, Pompeo Meeting: Discuss Iranian threat, Proposed US-Israel defence pact

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met Wednesday with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Lisbon. At the start of the meeting, Netanyahu told Pompeo, "The first subject that I will raise is Iran. The second subject is Iran, and so is the third. And many more."

Pompeo Calls on Arab Countries for Open Dialogue Regarding Israel

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urges Arab countries to end their boycotts of Israel; Calls for an open dialogue between Arab countries and Israel; Pompeo: Arab thinkers who risk their lives to bravely advocate a regional vision of peace and coexistence shouldn’t face retribution.

650 Christian Businesspeople Respond to Anti-Israel Product Labelling

Efforts to boycott Israel have consistently failed as Christians respond by increasing investment.

Jan Markell: Israeli Settlement Policy Shift Reiterates US Admin is the most Pro-Israel in Modern History

A messianic Jewish leader is pleased that President Donald Trump decided to reverse the Obama-era policy regarding Jewish settlements in the so-called "disputed" territory of Israel.

House Democrats demand State Dept reverse ‘settlements’ decision

106 congressional Democrats, including 12 committee chairs, condemn State Dept. declaration that Israeli settlements are legal.

Netanyahu Thanks Trump: You Corrected a Historic Injustice

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday night spoke on the phone with US President Donald Trump following US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's statement that the US no longer considers Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria to be contrary to international law.

West Bank Settlements Not Illegal, US Decides in Historic US Policy Shift

In a historic reversal of US policy, the Trump administration announced on Monday that it does not view Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal.

Netanyahu: We have No Better Friends than our Christian Friends

PM shares details of consultations with Trump ahead of embassy move at Christian Media Summit marking opening of new Friends of Zion Museum.

Kushner urges PM & Gantz to unite to Seize ‘Tremendous Opportunities’ in Region

US presidential adviser Jared Kushner urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz in separate meetings to work together to form a unity government in order to seize the “tremendous opportunities” in the region, he said in an interview that aired Tuesday.

Ukrainian Government Aims to Open New Innovation Center in Jewish Capital

The Ukrainian government has announced their intentions to open a new ‘innovation and investment’ center in Jerusalem; Katz: The office will be equivalent of a diplomatic office and be a part of the Ukrainian embassy in Israel.

Greenblatt: Peace Plan is Realistic and Implementable

Outgoing US envoy sums up his work, discusses peace plan. "No one can put forth a plan that everyone will embrace."

Trump Swears Dedication to Israel as He Decries Endless Middle East Wars

“We are standing with our close friend and partner, the State of Israel,” Trump said, as he reviewed the steps he has taken on behalf of the Jewish state since taking office.