President Donald Trump visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to go to the holy site. Trump arrived there under heavy security Monday afternoon with his wife, Melania, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
For the second time this month, the party of French President Emmanuel Macron withdrew from its parliamentary elections ticket a candidate who promoted online a boycott of Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that all Cabinet ministers must attend the arrival ceremony for President Donald Trump after learning most were not planning to attend.
President Donald Trump’s two-day visit to Israel in March will reportedly include stops at Masada, the Western Wall and meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
The United Kingdom has reportedly cancelled a planned visit to Israel by Britain's Prince Charles due to alleged concerns about upsetting Arab nations.
The newly appointed foreign affairs minister of New Zealand Gerry Brownlee has contacted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an effort to restore diplomatic relations. He received his ministerial warrant on Israeli Independence Day.
The United Nations’ cultural agency voted to condemn Israel’s sovereignty in Jerusalem. UNESCO passed a resolution called “Occupied Palestine” by a vote of 22-10, with 26 countries abstaining or absent.
The British government has rejected a Palestinian request to apologise for the Balfour Declaration of 1917, which led in part to the creation of Israel.
Donald Trump pledged to combat anti-Semitism and Holocaust denialism, and to defend Israel in a speech marking the national days of Holocaust remembrance.
With Jerusalem residents reeling from a fatal attack and security prisoners launching a mass hunger strike, tensions between Palestinians and Israel are rising again.