January 6, 2017: An Egyptian Christian attends Egypt's Coptic Christmas eve mass in a church of the Samaan el-Kharaz Monastery in the Mokattam Mountain area of Cairo, Egypt. After decades of pressure to not make pilgrimages to Jerusalem, Egypt's Coptic Christian population is now making such trips to Jerusalem at a record pace.
A picture taken on March 27, 2017, shows the delegations of Palestine , Oman , and Iraq attending the preparatory meeting of Arab Foreign Ministers during the 28th Summit of the Arab League at the Dead Sea, south of the Jordanian capital Amman. Arab leaders are reportedly calling for the Arab League to recognize fighting against Israel as legitimate and not a form of terror at the group's annual summit in Jordan this week.
Nikki Haley, the popular, politically savvy, self-confident Republican governor of South Carolina, swept with ease through her Senate confirmation hearing on January 24 to become President Trump's ambassador to the United Nations. Though she had virtually no international or foreign-policy experience, she explained that she didn't lack a program, or credentials of sorts.
Canberra woman Judy Bamberger dared Israeli authorities to arrest her when she arrived in the country last week and they didn't. Ms Bamberger defied a new law that forbids entry to foreign nationals who call for economic, cultural or academic boycotts of either Israel or the settlements.
Attacks like the one in London are almost impossible to stop, the former head of VIP protection at Israel's Shin Bet security agency said on Thursday, acknowledging that even Israel struggled to prevent them. Despite building a barrier intended to prevent Palestinian attackers protesting against occupation entering from the West Bank, Israel has suffered dozens of low-tech vehicle or knife attacks in the last two years on civilians, police and soldiers.
Jordan's foreign minister says Arab foreign ministers unanimously endorsed more than a dozen policy resolutions, including one rejecting unilateral steps that "jeopardize the historic and legal status" of Jerusalem. This was an apparent reference to President Donald Trump's previously stated intentions to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the city at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
According to UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov, instead of working to halt the illegal settlements, Israel has authorized "a high rate" [Al Jazeera news report] of settlements in contravention of international law. The UNSC Resolution 2334 [text, PDF], which passed with a 14-0 vote at the end of 2016, called upon Israel to stop the development of these settlements "not only because they're illegal, but [also because] they are the main obstacle in the path of the two-state solution."
Hamas security forces stand guard at Erez border crossing into Israel, in Beit Hanun, in the northern Gaza Strip on March 26, 2017, after it was shut by the Islamist movement after blaming the Jewish state for the assassination of one of its officials in the Palestinian enclave. The Hamas terror group partially reopened a key crossing between the northern Gaza Strip and Israel on Monday, a day after shuttering the checkpoint while blaming the Jewish state for the assassination of one of its terror chiefs in the Palestinian enclave.
Vice President Mike Pence delivered an impassioned address at AIPAC's annual confab Sunday evening, vowing on behalf of a nascent administration to implement a pro-Israel policy agenda, which included, he said, the continued possibility of moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "The president of the united states is giving serious consideration to moving the United States embassy from Tel Aviv," Pence told a crowd of nearly 18,000 at the Verizon Center in the nation's capital, who greeted his speech warmly.
Coptic Easter Sunday is celebrated in Al-Kosheh, Egypt, a Coptic Christian community on May 1, 2016. RNS photo by Fady Hadny AL-KOSHEH, Egypt For decades, merchant Refaat El-Sayeh, a Coptic Christian, wanted to see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, visit the Church of the Nativity in nearby Bethlehem - but mostly, he wanted to feel closer to God.