UNESCO’s executive board formally adopted a controversial measure on Tuesday which Israel has said denies the historic Jewish connection to holy sites in Jerusalem.
A deadly shooting at Israel’s embassy in Jordan further complicated Israeli government efforts to find a way out of an crisis over a major Jerusalem shrine.
Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman visited the site of Friday’s attack in the settlement of Halamish, which claimed the lives of three Israelis, and said Israel was demanding prompt condemnation of the attack by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
When they meet later this month, PM Netanyahu intends to speak with President Putin about Israel’s opposition to the Iranian attempts to establish a permanent military and naval presence in Syria.
Headlines over the last few weeks have been uplifting for some Middle East observers, but for Israel it means future troubles ahead.
A prominent US senator reintroduced legislation on Tuesday that would cut off American funding of the Palestinian Authority if it continues to pay monetary rewards to terrorists and their families.
Jordan on Friday condemned the violence in Jerusalem but also demanded that Israel “immediately” reopen the Temple Mount compound for Muslim worshipers.
A new UN report released on last week highlighted the negative impact of a decade of Hamas rule in Gaza, ending with the grim prediction that living conditions in the coastal enclave will worsen significantly over the next three years.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said UNESCO’s actions on Hebron are an affront to history.
For the first time ever the 21-member World Heritage committee inscribed a significant religious site – the Cave of the Patriarchs – to the State of Palestine.