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Christian Democrat Member of the European Parliament from Sweden Lars Adaktusson on EU aid to Palestinian Authority
'I believe the ‎EU‬ should stop sneaking around this issue by continuing to make large wire transfers to PA bank accounts. We need to be firm. Much of this aid is counterproductive – just as counterproductive as the labelling of products from settlements."
Republican presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and Donald Trump on Jerusalem as capital of Israel.
The U.S. Embassy in Israel is currently in Tel Aviv. Republican candidate Ted Cruz wants to move it to Jerusalem, Israel's "once and eternal" capital. For his part, after refusing to answer the question, Cruz’s rival for the Rerpublican nomination Donald Trump says Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of Israel. When asked whether he believes Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, he said : “The answer is yes”. Trump was heavily booed by a crowd of Jewish Republicans in early December after he declined to say whether the U.S. should designate Jerusalem “the undivided capital of Israel.”
Rui Moreira, Mayor of Porto, at the city's Kadoorie Synagogue.
“At a time of rising anti-Semitism across Europe, I want you to know that you are always welcome here, a place whose identity your communities have shaped forever.also said: “There is no anti-Semitism in Porto and I know this because I was elected mayor.”” Moreira is a descendent of Ashkenazi Jews who arrived in Portugal in the 19th century.
An Israeli official on French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius plan to organize an international peace conference on the Middle East.
"The French know their initiative is hopeless, but they're doing anything to leave their marks and show they're a relevant player in the international arena."
United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Acting Deputy Administrator Jack Riley as he announced that an operation involving seven countries has thwarted a Hezbollah ring in Europe
''These drug trafficking and money laundering schemes… provide a revenue and weapons stream for an international terrorist organisation [Hezbollah] responsible for devastating terror attacks around the world.”
Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, head of the Israeli army's Operations Directorate.
“Iran remains Israel’s greatest enemy, but ISIS is also a danger to us … We are part of the coalition against Daesh [ISIS] and we cooperate with our allies, which includes the transfer of intelligence information.”

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By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP)---Confirming an earlier report by European Jewish Press, the EU’s External Service announced that EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and had an exchange of views on EU-Israel relations, the Middle East Peace Process and r... Full Article

Human Rights in Iran under scrutiny in the European Parliament as Iranian FM Zarif is to meet EU officials in Brussels

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP)---Bastiaan Belder, a Dutch Member of the European Parliament will host Monday an exchange of views on ‘’Human rights in Iran and the EU’s Policy of Engagement’’ just as  Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will be on a visit in Brussels. This discussion, ... Full Article

Coen Brothers and a star-studded red carpet open Berlin Film Festival

By Yossi Lempkowicz BERLIN (EJP)—Joel and Ethan Coen opened the 66th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale – with a screening of their European premier of Hail, Caesar!, on Thursday. Fans cheered on as Hollywood legends George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton an... Full Article

Egyptian President El-Sisi meets in Cairo with delegation of US Jewish leaders, 'very productive discussion'

By Yossi Lempkowicz CAIRO (EJP)---Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met in Cairo with the leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations where they discussed a number of issues including Egyptian-US relations, Israeli-Egyptian relations, regional threats, especially those posed ... Full Article

Call to save the ancient synagogue of Aleppo from Syrian civil war

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---The head of an organisation which aims to relieve the suffering of refugees from Syria made an appeal to save the ancient synagogue of Aleppo from civil war in Syria. This synagogue, one of the oldest in the world, is located between the sniper post of moderate rebels and f... Full Article

Jewish groups slam Ted Cruz for welcoming endorsement of controversial evangelical pastor

By Yossi Lempkowicz NEW YORK (EJP)---Jewish groups slammed Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz for welcoming the backing of an evangelical pastor who has made controversial comments about Jews. Pastor Mike Bickle, the leader of the International House of Prayer — a network of evangelical Christian mi... Full Article

Turkish President Erdogan meets Jewish delegation as Turkey-Israel reconciliation talks continue in Geneva

By Yossi Lempkowicz ISTANBUL (EJP)---Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Ankara with a delegation of 20 American Jewish leaders in, a further sign that normalization of relations between Turkey and Israek is closer than ever before. The meeting took place as Israeli and Turkish negotiating teams are ha... Full Article

EU-Israel talks on solving diplomatic crisis over labeling of settlement products: Mogherini and Netanyahu to discuss ways to ease tensions

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP)---EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are to discuss ways to find a solution to the diplomatic crisis between the two sides over the EU’s labeling of settlement products, a senior EU official told European Jewish Press (EJP). ... Full Article

French FM Laurent Fabius to quit his post, wider government reshuffle expected

By Yossi Lempkowicz PARIS (EJP)---French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said he was going to leave office to become president of the Constitutional Council, the country's top constitutional court. The move is expected to trigger a wider government reshuffle by President Francois Hollande aimed at boosting his a... Full Article