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Undated: Trump’s Conflicts of Interest in Israel  In the tricky strategic hotbed of the Middle East, Trump’s son-in-law and top White House adviser Jared Kushner is linked to multiple Israeli investors currently under criminal investigation.
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March 20: Why Israel Loves Donald Trump ... and why that’s awkward for Israel.

fresh strains between the Palestinians and the U.S. ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, following the killing by a Palestinian of a Jewish settler.

After the settler was stabbed to death on Monday, Friedman tweeted that he had previously donated an ambulance to the slain man’s community and that he was praying for the next-of-kin, adding: “Palestinian ‘leaders’ have praised the killer.”

That drew a rebuke from the Palestinian administration.

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January 19: Trump, Israel, and the American Jewish Community

January 20:
By now it’s a well known fact that Mr Trump has quick fingers and doesn’t hold back when it comes to criticizing others.
However, that doesn’t mean that other world leaders and high ranking politicians can’t do what he’s doing.
As our first blogpost we proudly present a selection of politicians from all over the world… not singing Trump’s praises.

February 17:
Trump Israel-Palestine stance confusing and worrying - French FM

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May 16:  Israel Said to Be Source of Secret Intelligence Trump Gave to Russians

Mr. Trump’s boasting about some of Israel’s most sensitive information to the Russians could damage the relationship between the two countries and raises the possibility that the information could be passed to Iran, Russia’s close ally and Israel’s main threat in the region.

May 22: Trump Isn't the President Israel Was Hoping For ... Instead, the Netanyahu government is nervous about the new administration.

May 23: Trump: Israel a symbol of the message of hope

November 15: Is Donald Trump Israel’s new BFF?

December 6:
Moving the US embassy in Israel to Jeruslam could set off a geopolitical earthquake

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December 6: "We're profoundly grateful for the President for his courageous and just decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to prepare for the opening of the U.S. embassy there. This decision reflects the president's commitment to an ancient but enduring truth, to fulfilling his promises, and to advancing peace."

December 6: How The World Is Reacting To Trump Recognizing Jerusalem As Israel's Capital

"It incites feelings of anger among all Muslims and threatens world peace," Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, imam of Egypt's al-Azhar mosque, told Reuters. "The gates of hell will be opened in the West before the East."

December 6:
Trump’s Artless Dealmaking Could Doom Peace for Israel

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December 6: Donald Trump embassy move: Why does Jerusalem decision matter in Israel-Palestinian conflict?

December 7: The disturbing reason why evangelical Christians want Jerusalem to be Israel's capital

December 7: When Donald Trump delivered remarks yesterday announcing his new U.S. policy in Israel, the president seemed eager to tell the world how impressed he is with himself. “While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise,” he said, “they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.”

Ordinarily, when a president announces a dramatic shift in foreign policy, he’ll explain why the change advances U.S. interests. Yesterday, however, Trump didn’t bother. Indeed, a Washington Post report suggested he may not fully understand what he just did.

Several advisers said he did not seem to have a full understanding of the issue and instead appeared to be focused on “seeming pro-Israel,” in the words of one, and “making a deal,” in the words of another.

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December 8: US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital sparked Palestinian protests, clashes and a call for a new intifada today as fears grew of fresh bloodshed in the region.

His announcement also prompted an almost universal diplomatic backlash that continued today, with fresh warnings from Turkey, the European Union and Russia.

December 9: Two reasons behind Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital ... With President Trump’s move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital being widely criticized in the US and abroad, many question his rationale. Scholars point to a political reason — and a psychological factor.

December 13:
Why Israel Should Be Worried About Getting Into Bed with Trump ... There’s long been a bipartisan consensus on support for Israel. That may soon be history.

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December 13: Trump's New Israel Policy Could Make the World a Lot More Dangerous ... There have already been a handful of violent incidents possibly connected to the US recognizing Jerusalem as the country's capital—and that might just be the tip of the iceberg.

December 18: KNIVES OUT: US ‘Allies’ TURN AGAINST TRUMP, Israel at UN ... The United Nations voted overwhelmingly to “rescind” President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Thursday, symbolically condemning America’s decision to relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel by a lop-sided margin of 128-9.

December 28: Israel to name [planned] train station to honour Donald Trump after historic US Jerusalem decision

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January 23: Pence, the Anti-Trump, Takes Israel by Storm ... The vice president parried the leaders of Egypt and Jordan, wowed the Knesset, and gave the Palestinians much to think about.

January 25: Trump again threatens to cut off aid to Palestinians ...
President Donald Trump threatened to cut off aid to the Palestinians on Thursday if their leaders don't agree to peace talks with Israel ...

February 8: Billionaire Trump adviser donates to Israel National Library

February 9: Trump Stops Israel From Exporting Medical Marijuana, Putting Future of $1 Billion Industry in Doubt

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February 10:

Conservatives confirm they believe Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, echoing Trump ... O'Toole said he believes Israel is demonstrating 'great sensitivity' in allowing the freedom to practice diverse religious beliefs at the holy sites ... in Jerusalem

February 11: Trump: Neither Israelis nor Palestinians looking to make peace

February 11: Trump warns Israel that settlements 'complicate' peace hopes

February 11: Trump: Obama was 'absolutely terrible' for Israel ... President blasts his predecessor over 'catastrophic' Iran nuclear deal, claims relations between US and Israel today better than ever.

While the regime in Tehran has remained defiant and publicly rebuffed the Trump administration’s demand for a renegotiated JCPOA, the president claimed that Iran had already altered its behavior since his administration ‘put them on notice’.

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March 9: Netanyahu said to ask Trump not to sell Saudis nuclear reactors

And if you do go ahead, at least don't let Riyadh enrich its own uranium, PM reportedly urged US president; Saudis want up to 17 reactors, Iran-style enrichment rights

March 27: Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu hospitalized with fever

May 8: Israel’s prime minister is praising President Donald Trump for withdrawing the U.S. from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Benjamin Netanyahu called Trump’s decision Tuesday a “historic move.” He says leaving the Iran deal unchanged would be “a recipe for disaster, a disaster for our region, a disaster for the peace of the world.”

May 8: Israel on “high alert” after Trump Iran deal announcement

There’s a suspicion of a possible Iranian attack.

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May 10: Netanyahu says Iran crossed red line, warns Assad against helping Tehran  ... "Iran crossed a red line, and we responded proportionally," Netanyahu said in a Facebook post.

Israel's retaliatory strikes against Iranian targets in Syria serve as a warning for the regime of President Bashar Assad, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday, making clear the IDF will act against Syrian forces if they assist Iran militarily against the Jewish state.

May 12: Trump claims he saved almost $999,800,000 on US embassy in Jerusalem

After opening the embassy next week, the US will build out additional office space at the consular facility by the end of 2019. But that space, too, will be temporary as the US works to identify a site and build a permanent embassy in Jerusalem.

"In parallel, we have started the search for a site for our permanent embassy to Israel, the planning and construction of which will be a longer-term undertaking," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in February.

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But Trump once again failed to mention that distinction Thursday while telling the crowd that the US would spend only "$200,000 to $300,000" on the new embassy versus a $1 billion proposal he said he was initially presented with.

May 14:
It’s anything but a “glorious” day in Israel.

The opening of the United States’ embassy in Jerusalem was never going to be uncontroversial. Since President Donald Trump announced the plan in December, Palestinians, Europeans, and American leftists have criticized the move as endorsing Israeli ownership over the disputed holy city, even as Palestinians hold out hope that half the city could one day become the capital of their own state.

But the backdrop to Monday’s ceremony could not have been uglier: By the start of the event, Israeli soldiers had reportedly killed dozens of Palestinian protestors, allegedly in response to their attempts to breach the Gaza-Israel border.

May 29: Gaza militants launch mortars, rockets at Israel, which responds with airstrikes

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There have been no reports of any fatalities or injuries arising from Israel's airstrikes from either the Palestinian Ministry of Health or from the militant groups themselves.

July 19:
Israel approves controversial Jewish nationality law

Opponents say legislation discriminates against country’s Arab minority

July 24: Israel shoots down Syrian jet as Assad forces reach Golan

Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have been battling rebels and Islamic State militants at the frontier with Israel in recent weeks.

July 24: UN Security Council to Discuss New Israeli “Nationality Law”

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July 24: Erdoğan sees 'Hitler's spirit' in Israel amid new 'nation-state' law

Turkey's strongman described it as the "most Zionist, fascist and racist state in the world."

July 25: Nationality law cements inequality within Israel

September 26: President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he wanted a two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the clearest expression yet of his administration's support for such an outcome.

October 2: Israelis Love Trump More Than Almost Any Other Nation, Poll Shows

69 percent of Israelis express confidence in Trump as president, compared with 28 percent in U.K. and 30 percent in Japan

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October 8: Rick Gates Sought Online Manipulation Plans From Israeli Intelligence Firm for Trump Campaign

A top Trump campaign official requested proposals in 2016 from an Israeli company to create fake online identities, to use social media manipulation and to gather intelligence to help defeat Republican primary race opponents and Hillary Clinton, according to interviews and copies of the proposals.

The Trump campaign’s interest in the work began as Russians were escalating their effort to aid Donald J. Trump. Though the Israeli company’s pitches were narrower than Moscow’s interference campaign and appear unconnected, the documents show that a senior Trump aide saw the promise of a disruption effort to swing voters in Mr. Trump’s favor.

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December 3: Israeli Police Recommend Indicting Netanyahu In 3rd Corruption Allegations This Year

He is one of President Trump's closest allies, and on the way to becoming the longest-serving prime minister in his country's history. But after almost a decade in power, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is battling a series of corruption allegations.

On Sunday, Israeli police recommended that Netanyahu be indicted for receiving bribes and other criminal charges — the third and most severe corruption case he has faced this year. He denies wrongdoing and accuses the police of a witch hunt.

It is now up to Israel's attorney general to decide whether he should be indicted.

Avner Borochov, head of the [Walla! News] news desk from 2011-2013, said it began when bosses instructed editors to remove a story about poverty in Israel in which the headline included a quote from an opposition lawmaker:  "Netanyahu is blind to the growing poverty." Avi Alkalai, former chief editor of the site from 2015-2016, said "there was an attempt to paint all that had to do with the prime minister's household in a positive light and not negative."

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December 8: Trump praises Israel as ‘your country’ to American Jews

At White House Hanukkah party, the president insinuates that US Jews have a dual loyalty to Israel

“I want to thank Vice President Mike Pence,” Trump said Thursday at one of two White House Hanukkah parties. “A tremendous supporter — a tremendous supporter of yours. And Karen. And they go there and they love your country. They love your country. And they love this country. That’s a good combination, right?”

At least one person present agreed, shouting “Yes!”

Others not at the event were not so enthused about the insinuation, however unintentional, of dual loyalties.

December 8: After UN vote on Hamas failed, Trump suggested fund cuts as retribution

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said that following Washington’s failure to pass a UN resolution condemning Hamas at the General Assembly this week, President Trump suggested cutting funds to countries who did not cooperate and asked: “Who do you want me to yell at?”

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While the US-backed draft resolution got a comfortable majority of votes, it fell short of the two-thirds super-majority needed to pass. Eighty-seven countries voted in favor of the resolution, while 57 opposed it. Thirty-three countries abstained and another 23 were not present.

December 10: End game near for Trump, Netanyahu probes

At early stages, it seemed that only Netanyahu and Trump’s top aides were in trouble.

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February 28: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be indicted on corruption charges

The announcement marks the first time in Israeli history that a sitting prime minister faces criminal charges of this nature.

March 21: Trump Offers Netanyahu Part of Syria to Boost Israeli Leader’s Flagging Re-Election Campaign

May 6: Israel and Gaza reach ceasefire agreement amid tense calm

Officials tell Al Jazeera a ceasefire came into force at 1:30 GMT after three days of air raids and rocket attacks.

November 21: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Is Facing Charges In 3 Corruption Cases

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