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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Credit: mccv/Shutterstock.

Antony Blinken called the wrong guy

In a phone call with a Middle East leader last week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Palestinian Arabs are entitled to “freedom, security, prosperity and democracy.” Can’t disagree with a word of...
Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in Brazil’s National Congress, speaks at an event opening the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency in Jerusalem on Dec.15, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Brazilian delegation arrives in Israel to investigate potential COVID-19 cure

A Brazilian delegation arrived in Israel on Sunday to learn about a EXO-CD24, a new drug developed at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, which has shown promising results in curing COVID-19 patients. The delegation—led by Brazilian...
U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken participates in a video teleconference with the European Union's Foreign Affairs Council at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 22, 2021. Credit: State Department. Photo by Ron Przysucha/Public Domain.

Blinken stresses importance of two-state solution in call with Israeli counterpart

U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken stressed the importance of the two-state solution in a phone call on Monday with his Israeli counterpart, Gabi Ashkenazi. Blinken emphasized U.S. President Joe Biden’s belief that “the two-state...
Gab Ashkenazi on Feb. 19, 2020. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

In latest call, Ashkenazi and Blinken discuss ‘outrageous’ ICC ruling

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi spoke to U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken on Monday, where he thanked Blinken for American support in the wake of the International Criminal Court’s decision to open a...
U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken is sworn in as the 71st U.S. Secretary of State by Acting Under Secretary of State for Management Carol Z. Perez at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 26, 2021. Credit: U.S. Department of State via Wikimedia Commons.

US Secretary of State Blinken talks with Israeli counterpart in one of first diplomatic...

In one of his first calls as U.S. secretary of state, Tony Blinken spoke with his counterpart in Israel, Gabi Ashkenazi, on Wednesday. The two discussed “regional strategic matters, continued to widen the circle of...
Eitan Na'eh, the head of Israel's diplomatic mission to the United Arab Emirates, in Abu Dhabi. Credit: Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Israel opens provisional embassy in United Arab Emirates

Israel’s diplomatic mission to Abu Dhabi officially opened on Sunday with the arrival in the United Arab Emirates of head of mission Eitan Na’eh, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Na’eh, formerly Israel’s...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with U.S. Secretary of State Steve Mnuchin in Jerusalem on Jan. 7, 2020. Credit: GPO.

Netanyahu calls mob attack on US Capitol ‘disgraceful,’ says American democracy will prevail

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a strong condemnation on Thursday of the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters the day before, calling it a “disgraceful act.” “For generations, American...
Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi (right) meets with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on June 10, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Building bridges: 2020 a successful year for Israel-Europe relations

The past year was relatively successful in terms of Israel’s relationship with Europe, according to a survey presented by Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi on Monday to the Jewish state’s ambassadors to European countries. Among...
Israeli Ambassador to India Ron Malka and his Bhutanese counterpart Vetsop Namgyel at a ceremony establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries at Malka's residence in New Delhi, India, on Dec. 12, 2020. Credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bhutan.

Israel and Bhutan establish diplomatic relations

Israel and the Kingdom of Bhutan established full diplomatic relations on Saturday, in the latest of a series of normalization deals to be signed by the Jewish state. “The circle of those who recognize Israel...
Flag of the Czech Republic. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Czech Republic announces plans to open diplomatic office in Jerusalem

The Czech Republic plans to open a diplomatic office in Jerusalem, announced Israel’s Foreign Affairs Minister Gabi Ashkenazi on Wednesday after speaking with his counterpart, Tomáš Petříček. Ashkenazi tweeted: “I just spoke with my colleague,...