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Police Officers clash with protesters during a protest over tension in Jerusalem, in Ramla, on May 10, 2021. Photo by Yossi Aloni/Flash90

How old politics in Ramallah, Gaza, Jerusalem and Washington have set Israel ablaze

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After one of the calmest extended periods in decades in the Middle East—and in Israel, in particular—the tide has suddenly turned, reverting to classic political mistakes that have all but erased the positive gains. The...
A ball of fire and smoke rises during Israeli airstrikes in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on May 10, 2021. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Anatomy of an intentional escalation: Israel’s approaching hot summer

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There seems to be an escalatory effort underway within Israel, in the administered territories in Judea and Samaria, along Israel’s northern and Gaza borders and even globally, which could lead to great tension, even...
United Nations headquarters in New York City. Credit: S-F/Shutterstock.

Erdan: Palestinian violence direct result of collective failure of international community

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Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan condemned the international reaction to violence in Jerusalem on Monday, saying it helped spur Palestinian violence. “What we are seeing now is the direct result of the...
A view of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Photo by Judy Lash Balint.

‘Muslim historians consistently confirm Jewish ties to Jerusalem’

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The book “Islam, Jews and the Temple Mount: The Rock of Our/Their Existence,” is bound to cause an uproar in the Muslim world. Published last year, it presents a comprehensive list of early Islamic...
Pedestrians at the Mamilla Mall in Jerusalem, April 20, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

In honor of Jerusalem Day, Israeli Tourism Ministry releases data on visitors to capital

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In honor of Jerusalem Day on Monday, the Israeli Tourism Ministry published data on visitors in the nation’s capital. In last year’s Inbound Tourism Survey (January-February 2020), tourists cited visiting Jerusalem and the city’s various...
Israeli border police stand guard by a house of a Jewish family during a protest against Israel's plan to demolish some houses of Palestinians in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, May 6, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Can Israeli restraint keep the peace in Jerusalem?

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After several days of unrest, the government of Israel is once again presented with a dilemma to which there are no easy answers. Palestinians and their supporters are using a court case over property rights in...
An Israeli policeman fends off an angry mob, after they swarmed an Israeli motorist, pelting his car with stones and driving him off the road, outside Jerusalem's Old City, May 10, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Jerusalem Day marred by ongoing Arab riots; Jews barred from Temple Mount

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Unrest in the Israeli capital continued on Monday morning—Jerusalem Day—with Arab riots on the Temple Mount and in the Old City. Thirteen Israeli police officers were injured in the clashes, including one who was hospitalized, Army...
U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price holds a daily press briefing on March 1, 2021. Credit: U.S. State Department Photo by Freddie Everett/ Public Domain.

US condemns Gaza rockets as ‘unacceptable escalation,’ supports Israel’s self-defense

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World leaders condemned the ongoing rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israel, while also urging calm amid escalating tensions in Jerusalem. “We unequivocally condemn rocket attacks from Gaza towards southern and central Israel, including Jerusalem....
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) speaks at the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), congressional reception for newly elected congressional representatives. Credit: Phil Pasquini/Shutterstock.

Israeli ambassador Erdan to Tlaib: ‘Open your eyes’ to reality on Temple Mount

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Israeli Ambassador to the United States Gilad Erdan called out Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) on Monday after she tweeted a defamatory post against the Jewish state. On Twitter, she wrote: “Al-Aqsa is the 3rd holiest...
Palestinians gather on the Temple Mount, some holding Hamas flags, on May 7, 2021. Photo by Jamal Awad/Flash90.

Is Palestinian incitement driving the tensions in Jerusalem?

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Thousands of Arab protesters have been violently rioting on the Temple Mount (known by Muslims as Haram al-Sharif) throughout the “Jerusalem Day” holiday and over the course of the last several days, accusing Israel...