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US State Department human-rights report returns to using ‘occupied’ territories

The Biden administration returned to using the term “occupied” when referring to the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem in its annual human-rights report issued by the U.S. State Department. Under the...

Stunning fairytale locations in Israel

A fairytale location, says Israeli photographer Noam Chen, “is someplace you find yourself disconnecting from the troubles of the world, just drowning in the beauty and serenity of the place and forgetting about everything else.” The...
President Barack Obama talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a phone call from the Oval Office, Monday, June 8, 2009. Credit: White House/Pete Souza.

Report: Obama offered Syria Israeli withdrawal from Golan Heights

Just a few months before the Syrian civil war erupted in March 2011, the Obama administration offered the Assad regime an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights in return for severing ties with Iran...
A view from Mount Bental, overlooking the border with Syria, in the Golan Heights on Aug. 22, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Report: Prisoner exchange in works between Syria, Israel

A prisoner exchange in the works between Israel and Syria was reported on Wednesday by Syrian state media and foreign sources. The release allegedly involves two Syrians who are prisoners in Israel and an Israeli...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a tour of the Golan Heights. Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO.

Netanyahu to Blinken: Golan Heights ‘will remain forever part of Israel’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office pushed back against U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken over his comments that stopped short of endorsing the Trump administration’s recognition of the Golan Heights in 2019. In an...
Neera Tanden. Source: Screenshot.

Biden nominee called US recognition of Golan Heights ‘blatant political move’

U.S. President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) called the U.S. recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights in March 2019 as “a blatant political move” to...
U.S. President Donald Trump at Jerusalem's Western Wall on May 22, 2017. Credit: Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy in Israel.

For Israeli right, Trump’s Middle East legacy will shine bright

For most of the Israeli right, U.S. President Donald Trump’s pro-Israel legacy will outshine other elements of his controversial presidency. Pro-Trump leaders, activists and analysts said that the Jan. 6 mob invasion of the U.S....
The view on Mount Bental overlooking the border with Syria in the Golan Heights, Aug. 22, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

New report exposes how Iran is entrenching itself into southern Syria

A new report released by the Alma Research and Education Center has exposed new details about suspected efforts by the Iranian-led Shi’ite axis to build civilian support networks throughout south Syria. The report highlighted the strategic thinking...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on the first night of Hanukkah, on Dec. 22, 2019. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

Netanyahu, Friedman officially extend scientific cooperation to Judea and Samaria, Golan Heights

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman on Wednesday signed the U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Agreement at Ariel University in Samaria. The agreement expands scientific and academic cooperation between the...
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife Sara, US ambassador to Israel David Friedman attend an American Independence Day celebration in Jerusalem on July 2, 2019. Photo by Marc Israel Sellem/POOL

US to extend bilateral agreements with Israel into Judea and Samaria, Golan Heights

The United States and Israel will eliminate territorial restrictions for bilateral agreements in a ceremony on Wednesday. The move will build upon a policy shift made by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this...